Summer Research Experience for High School Students: Engineering the Next Generation (ENG)

Engineering the Next Generation (ENG) is a summer research experience at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, targeting highly motivated underrepresented high school students from select local partner schools.

This selective program runs for four weeks over the summer and includes both work with Columbia Engineering researchers and supplemental programming to develop students’ academic and professional skills. Students gain practical research experience, collaborate with research faculty, staff, and students, practice new skills, and take part in multi-level mentorship. Virtual program components include experience in working on genuine engineering research projects, research skills and college prep workshops, science communications workshops, and additional supplemental seminars and opportunities. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ENG program will be virtual for a second year. We encourage all rising seniors (current 11th graders) with an interest in engineering and research to apply.

Applications for ENG 2021 are now OPEN. Apply Here! Deadline for applications is April 30, 2021 at 11:50PM EST.

Application Requirements

  • Must be from the following partner schools
    • Columbia Secondary School
    • Bronx Center for Math and Science
    • High School of Math Science and Engineering
    • English Language Learners & International Support (ELLIS) Preparatory Academy
  • Completed application form, including essay questions (requires Google log-in)
  • Resume (uploaded via above application form)
  • School transcript (uploaded via above application form)
  • Completed recommendation form by a math/science teacher

Students applying for the ENG summer research experience are highly encouraged to meet with their partner school representative (counselor, teacher) to discuss also completing the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Application

Get Involved

Select partnership schools have a limited number of motivated students apply to the program. If you and your school are interested in partnering with Outreach Programs for the ENG program, please email engineeringoutreach@columbia.edu.

With the ENG program, postdocs teach research skills seminars during the program, graduate students mentor the participants, and undergraduate summer researchers contribute to college and career preparation workshops.

If you would like to get involved, please email engineeringoutreach@columbia.edu.

Interested faculty can get involved by hosting students in their labs for the summer.

If you and your lab are interested in hosting students, please email engineeringoutreach@columbia.edu.

2020 ENG Cohort

To learn about our 2020 students and their projects, please visit the 2020 ENG Cohort website. This page contains the recordings of the students' final presentations, as well as more information about our partner labs and other details about the program.