Undergraduate Research News

10/20/2014 12:20:49
Kimm Fesenmaier
Caltech junior Edward Fouad spent 10 weeks this summer as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program working in the lab of Aaron Parness, a group leader at JPL, where researchers are designing, prototyping, and refining technology for a device called a microspine gripper. Looking something like a robotic circular foot with many toes extending radially outward, such a gripper has the ability to grab onto a rocky surface and cling to it even when hanging upside down.
10/16/2014 08:44:46
Kimm Fesenmaier
This summer, several undergraduate students at Caltech had the opportunity to help optimize a promising technique that can make tissues and organs—even entire organisms—transparent for study. As part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, these students worked in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Viviana Gradinaru, where researchers are developing such so-called clearing techniques that make it possible to peer straight through normally opaque tissues rather than seeing them only as thinly sectioned slices that have been pieced back together.
10/10/2014 09:33:34
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech students use their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship opportunities to advance the idea of painless diabetes management.
Sagar Vaidyanathan, a visiting undergraduate researcher from UCLA, and Caltech sophomore Sophia Chen
10/06/2014 11:50:07
Kathy Svitil
SURF fellow Jacqueline Masehi-Lano has experimented with various growth factors that might inhibit the formation of scar tissue and promote orderly wound healing.
09/03/2014 10:56:15
Cynthia Eller
This summer, Caltech junior Kevin Li has been working with computational scientists and seismologists to refine the Community Seismic Network (CSN) by developing a machine-learning system that can accurately estimate the magnitude of an earthquake within seconds of its detection.
Caltech junior Kevin Li and his mentor Julian Bunn
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.
08/21/2013 11:31:16
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

Summer is winding down, and for students participating in Caltech's 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, it is time to share s

06/13/2013 08:36:43
Kathy Svitil
Three graduating Caltech seniors, Alex Wang, Joy Xie, and Philip Kong, have been selected to receive 2013–2014 Fulbright scholarships to pursue graduate studies abroad.
05/22/2013 08:45:16
Kimm Fesenmaier

Caltech's Class of 2013 is a group of passionate, curious, and creative individuals who have spent their undergraduate years advancing research, challenging both conventional thinking and one a

04/19/2013 09:27:06
Kimm Fesenmaier
Catherine Bingchan Xie, a senior bioengineering major and English minor at Caltech, has been selected to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will fund her graduate studies next year.
01/14/2013 18:03:33
Marcus Woo
When offered spinach or a cookie, how do you decide which to eat? Do you go for the healthy choice or the tasty one? To study the science of decision making, researchers in the lab of Caltech neuroeconomist Antonio Rangel analyze what happens inside people's brains as they choose between various kinds of food. The researchers typically use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the changes in oxygen flow through the brain; these changes serve as proxies for spikes or dips in brain activity. Recently, however, investigators have started using a new technique that may better tease out how you choose between the spinach or the cookie—a decision that's often made in a fraction of a second.
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