Summer Research Experience for High School Students: Engineering the Next Generation (E.N.G.)

Engineering the Next Generation (E.N.G.) 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 E.N.G. 2020 are now OPEN! Application and Recommendation Form are both due Friday, April 3, 2020.  

We are closely monitoring the current situation regarding COVID-19 and understand the uncertainty of our program stakeholders in making plans for Summer 2020. As of now, the E.N.G. program is still proceeding, and we hope to move forward with offering the program as planned. We encourage interested students to apply, and we will make sure to communicate any updates as they may arise. Thank you!

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 E.N.G. 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 E.N.G. program, please email

With the E.N.G. 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