Catalyst 2017 Summer Program Online Applications are now open!
For 2017, you will need:
*The Personal Interest Application is a creative way to express your interest in this program. Be as creative as you like with it. Video, audio, artwork, a poem, letter... the format is up to you! Make sure to tell us about:
Check out some examples of Personal Interest Applications.
If preferred, please send your completed application via mail (all 3 parts in one envelope) to:
C/O Engineering Undergrad Office - Catalyst Summer Program
Carl Pollock Hall (CPH) -1320
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
The Catalyst Summer Program costs $575+HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and includes one participant T-shirt. A special bursary program is available for those in financial need. Please request a Catalyst Summer Program Bursary Application Form for more details.
The registration fee of $575+HST is due only upon acceptance into the program. If accepted, applicants will receive an email which provides information about using our registration system and paying the registration fee. There is no application fee for this program.
There is a $25 discount for Session III because of the holiday Monday.
Catalyst offers both online registration for its programs. The following explains various policies surrounding registration, and how to register for our programs.
If arrangements for cancellations are made with Catalyst with more than 2 weeks notice to the start of the intended registered session, a full refund minus a 25% processing fee will be given. Cancellation requests with less than 2 weeks notice will be charged a 50% processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations given with less then 48 hours notice.
Note: There is no charge for switching sessions (pending availability).
Catalyst accepts MasterCard, VISA and American Express. Credit card numbers are kept with the upmost security. All charges are processed directly by the university and will appear on your credit card bill as either "U of W Cashiers Office" or "U of Waterloo ESQ (Engineering Science Quest)".
All cheques should be post dated no later than June 1st of the current calendar year. If you register by fax or online, and wish to pay by cheque please clearly state that you are attending to pay by this method. All cheques should be made out to the University of Waterloo and mailed to our office. The address is on the bottom of this page.
Summer Program applications will be accepted in three rounds. For the first two rounds, up to twenty applicants may be contacted and informed that their application has been received and registration can be completed, after the closing date the remainder of participants will be notified. Please note, we must receive the complete application (all 3 parts) before we will accept an online re