Catalyst is an exciting and rigorous science elective that immerses participants in a particular scientific field, giving them new perspectives on the way scientific knowledge is generated. The main goals of the program are to help students discover the nature of science as they increase their abilities to think critically, communicate effectively and learn independently in a research context. Catalyst sets students apart by removing the ceiling of achievement, expanding student comfort zones, and proving student abilities to mentors who can provide impactful college recommendations.
Catalyst requires a high degree of maturity, responsibility and self-motivation. The time and energy commitments are comparable to those of AP science courses. For these reasons and because participants represent Gilmour to the scientific community, students must complete an application process and be accepted into the program. Though competence in science is necessary, admittance depends largely on student habits and attitudes.