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 six weeks over the summer and includes both lab work and supplemental programming to develop students’ academic and professional skills. Students gain practical research experience, exposure to lab culture, new skills, and multi-level mentorship. Program components include hands-on research experience, research skills academic seminary, college preparation workshops, poster symposium and presentation, college letter of recommendation, and the possibility of on-going research and publication in the Columbia Research Scholars Journal.

Applications for ENG 2020 are now closed.

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.

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

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 for the Summer of 2020, please email

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

If you and your lab are interested in hosting students for the Summer of 2020, please email