Are you a grade 11 girl who is curious about engineering? Want to see what university is like?
The conference is an exciting opportunity for grade 11 girls to participate in hands-on workshops, explore the University of Waterloo, meet engineering students, compete in a design competition, and experience life in residence!
Conference Date: April 29th - May 1st, 2022
Applications for the 2022 Conference are now closed. Thank you to all applicants!
Even though I planned on going into engineering, Catalyst helped me to stop second guessing myself about my future.
What to Expect
Conference participants will have a full schedule of engineering challenges, workshops, and social activities.
Workshops: Explore the unique world of engineering through workshops presented by some amazing engineers in Waterloo. Through these workshops, you will discover the variety of engineering careers, some amazing things engineers do and learn about what your life as an engineer could be like.
Design challenge: After learning about what engineers do you will get the chance to be an engineer for a day by competing in a design challenge!
You will be given a task to complete and receive a crash course in the engineering design cycle. Using your newly acquired knowledge, you will design and engineer a device to complete the task.
Residence Life: During the conference, you will be staying in a university residence. This will give you a taste of what living in residence is like by staying in the rooms and eating in the cafeteria. You can also chat with current engineering undergraduate students about tips for living in residence!
If your application is accepted, you will receive an information package with further details including a packing list and pick-up/drop-off times.
Catalyst Grade 11 Girls Conference costs will be updated for 2022 shortly.
We believe that everyone who has been offered a spot at the conference should have the opportunity to attend! A bursary program is available for those in financial need. Please contact us for more details.
Please note: The registration fee is due only upon acceptance into the conference. If accepted, applicants will receive an email which provides information about registration and paying the registration fee. There is no application fee for this program.
Acceptable payment methods:
Credit or Debit card:
Catalyst accepts MasterCard, VISA and American Express as well as Debit cards (non-Interac). Card numbers are kept with the utmost 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)".
We do not accept cash or cheque payment.
Credit Card and debit payment must be made through our online registration system, we are not able to process payment on the phone or in person.
This conference has a limited capacity. For this reason, we require an application to be completed and submitted for acceptance. Applications are now closed. Stay on the lookout for 2023 information!
To be considered, your application must include:
- Waterloo Catalyst Conference Information Form
- Teacher Reference Form
- A Personal Interest Application
For this program, acceptance is based on rolling admissions. It is best to get your application in as soon as possible so it can be considered early on.
Bursaries are available for those in financial need.