Student Life Stories

08/19/2014 13:54:39
Kathy Svitil
The SURF program supports students from Caltech and other universities while they participate in real laboratory research on campus. Since the program's inception in 1979, more than 6,200 students have SURFed.
11/01/2012 09:50:16
Douglas Smith
At midnight on Halloween, several dozen pumpkins ride the Millikan Gravitational Accelerator—a fancy way of saying they are tossed off the roof of the nine-story Millikan Memorial Library.
10/10/2012 16:00:33
Douglas Smith

Last summer, Caltech junior Julie Jester worked on a project that might one day partially counteract blindness caused by a deteriorating retina.

10/09/2012 13:45:33
Kimm Fesenmaier

Despite the best efforts of a group of students, Taylor Swift will not be performing at Caltech. The upside? The Institute's music program will soon receive a $10,000 boost.

10/04/2012 16:55:42
Kimm Fesenmaier
This year, the first week of October marks the first week of instruction for the fall term at Caltech. With the school year’s beginning, the Institute has welcomed some of the most accomplished and outstanding new undergraduate and graduate students who will become an active part of campus through their research, coursework and student activities.
10/02/2012 17:41:06
Ann Motrunich
For the second time, a SCI-Arc–Caltech­ team has won a spot in the Solar Decathlon, a biennial Department of Energy–sponsored competition to design and build a solar-powered house with the ideal blend of affordability, market appeal, design excellence, energy production, and efficiency.
08/22/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

During the inaugural Caltech InnoWorks Summer Science Camp at Pasadena City College, Caltech undergraduates led 22 middle school students through a week of hands-on science and engineering projects. With the slogan "By Students, For Students," InnoWorks aims to get underserved middle school students more interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

07/12/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

Using computer simulations, Caltech researchers have determined that if the interior of a dying star is spinning rapidly just before it explodes in a magnificent supernova, two different types of signals emanating from that stellar core will oscillate together at the same frequency. This could be a piece of "smoking-gun evidence" that would lead to a better understanding of supernovae.

07/04/2012 07:00:00
Marcus Woo

Maria Spiropulu and Harvey Newman, both professors of physics at Caltech, lead the Caltech team of 40 physicists, students, and engineers that is part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

07/03/2012 07:00:00
Andrew Allan

Your stomach growls to let you know it’s time for dinner. But what can you do when you don’t feel like cooking and you’re on a budget? Head over to Chandler Café for the new all-you-can-eat dinner buffet! 

 

06/20/2012 07:00:00
Marcus Woo

Tom Harris came to Caltech with an undeclared major, thinking he would study computer science. But, having been an avid Lego builder as a kid, he was drawn to mechanical engineering. He also has an interest in medieval history, which similarly dates back to his childhood—he loved pirates and knights, and both his parents were history majors—and after he took Brown's medieval history class, his impression of the study of history changed.

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