Catalyst Interns

Speak with confidence

(1st Place)


Over 10 million people in the US suffers from essential tremors. About 25% have vocal tremors, this changes their pitch, tone, and connotation during conversation, making it hard for them to communicate effectively. Con-Vo analyzes tremor signals, applies therapy, and reduces voice tremors, thus, allowing patients to speak with confidence.

Team Echidna

Sofia Garcia
Cornell College
Terence Chen
Computer Science
Harvey Mudd College
Braxton Mills
Business & Finance
MiraCosta College

Safer soil for safer food


1.5 million cases of foodborne illnesses occur every year in the United States. This places a $4.4 billion strain on the U.S. economy. Over 50% of all food recalls due to pathogen contamination were from produce, and half of those cases were traced directly back to the farms. Dello-Vi is a antimicrobial soil additive to address the challenge of contamination that is faced by farmers.

Team MaVi

Macy Chisholm
Cornell College
Mat Isakovic
Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of British Columbia
Vivi Vo
Computer Science
University of Southern Mississippi

Peace of mind on your plate


10% of the American population has food allergy. Presently, an allergic reaction to food sends someone to the emergency room every 3 minutes. This occurs most often due to accidental exposure, which is caused by insufficient allergen labelling of food items and cross-contamination of dishes. AllerEase is a portable device that can rapidly detect the presence of allergens in a food item.

Team Lifesavers

Jesse Chen
Biomedical Physics
Harvey Mudd College
Aanya Pratapneni
Computer Science and Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
Santiago Martinez
Computer Science
Universityof Houston-Downtown

A symphony of sensations

Vibralto Vest

There are 1.5 billion deaf people in the world and 48 million deaf individuals in the US. Accessibility to music is one of the troubles this community faces. The Vibralto Vest allows deaf individuals to feel the music.

Team NexEnt

Jacoby Lockman
Computer Science
Harvey Mudd College
Blen Alemu
Marketing and Advertising
John Paul the Great Catholic University
Mauricio Bravo
Harvey Mudd College

Sense, Hydrate, Thrive


500,000 people are hospitalized and 10,000 die yearly from dehydration in the United States. To continuously measure for hydration, Hydrode measures sweat levels, nutrient levels, and body temperature.

Team Anchor

Arushi Malik
Computer Science
Harvey Mudd College
Finn Pennings
Mathematical and Computation Biology
Harvey Mudd College
Gerardo Pineda
San Diego State University

Aquillius SEED's Fiscal Sponsor

Aquillius Corporation is a Delaware corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to Aquillius Corporation qualify as tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Thanks to our sponsors for supporting our interns!

Interested in the Catalyst Internship?

Fill out your information below and we'll reach back out to you soon!
Thank you!

Your submission has been received! We will reach out soon.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Please try again!