Engineering EXCELerator Program

The Engineering EXCELerator program recognizes talented incoming Bucknell engineering students who are interested in design, want to develop their skills in prototyping and fabrication, and want to get a head start in calculus and physics instruction. The five-week, on-campus program encourages applications from students who are admitted to the College of Engineering.

Who It’s For

Incoming first-year students who have been admitted to the College of Engineering, especially students from groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in engineering, such as first-generation, low-income, multicultural and female students. Approximately 12 students will be selected to join the program.

What It Costs

The program is free for accepted students, and students will receive free on-campus housing, a meal plan and a living stipend. 

What to Expect

A focus on meaningful projects and making, with preparation for academic success.

If you join the Engineering EXCELerator program, you'll get to know your faculty and peer mentors; learn design, prototyping and fabrication methods; and begin to transition to college life. The first week of the Engineering EXCELerator program will involve participation in Engineering Camp, with special sessions tailored for incoming first-year students. You'll live with your peers in a community that brings together your experiences inside and outside of class, and take part in a hands-on design project with close mentorship.

In the Engineering EXCELerator program, you will:

  • Learn design, prototyping and fabrication methods
  • Complete a design project with a mentor and team of peers
  • Attend workshops on academic success and the transition to college
  • Participate in group activities and weekend excursions
  • Receive a stipend, meal plan and on-campus housing
  • Be expected to stay on campus for the duration of the program
  • Participate in an exposition of your work and outreach activities within the community

How to Apply

Interested students who have been admitted to the Class of 2025 should apply to be considered for the Engineering EXCELerator Program by April 19, 2021. Use the link in the banner below to apply.


Apply to join the Engineering EXCELerator Program

Program Dates

Dates for the 2021 Engineering EXCELerator Program have been tentatively set for June 27 to July 30.

Contact Details

Professor Erin Jablonski, Associate Dean of Faculty


230 Dana Engineering Building