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Pathway Program in Molecular Engineering

Participants will receive an overview of the field and will learn about how key molecular engineering concepts relate to real-world design problems, engaging both in the process of scientific inquiry and in the process of technological design. Through demonstrations and hands-on laboratory investigation, participants will explore molecular engineering concepts, enhance their problem-solving skills, engage in teamwork, and interact with top engineers in the field.  The program will lead participants beyond the boundaries of traditional fields and into the intersection of physical, chemical, biological, computational, and engineering sciences – the forefront of technological problem-solving – so that they are able to engage in the lateral, multi-disciplinary thinking that is required to solve some of the most fundamental problems facing society. Field trips may include visits to the University of Chicago’s Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility and Argonne National Laboratory.

Course Code

PWAY 10310




High School Students



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  • Eligibility: current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise)
  • Admissions: the Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee.
  • For all courses still open, international students must submit all application materials before April 2.
  • For domestic students, rolling admissions will typically close by early May; this may be earlier for specific programs that fill.

Additional Details

  • This course is open to high school students only.
  • Enrollment is limited to 30.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost (includes Tuition, Housing and Dining, and Fees): $5,700.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.