Undergraduate Research News

10/07/2015 10:14:36
Douglas Smith
As the Advanced LIGO Project geared up last summer, 27 undergraduates from around the world became full partners in one of the biggest, most complex physics experiment ever. Their contributions ranged from creating hardware and software for current use to helping design next-generation detectors.
LIGO SURF students in the control room
11/04/2011 07:00:00
Katie Neith

Their summer research is about to take a group of Caltech undergrads SURFing across the country for a global competition. The students, gold medal winners in last month's International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) regional competition, are headed to MIT this weekend for the world championship jamboree.



09/06/2011 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

Caltech senior Wilson Ho spent his summer completing a SURF project in the lab of Robert Grubbs, one of the winners of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Ho tells his nonscientist friends and family that the goal of his project is to develop "stem-cell Band-Aids" that might one day help restore vision in those suffering from macular degeneration.

08/25/2011 07:00:00
Katie Neith

For many 17-year-old students, the summer before senior year represents a last hurrah before the reality of planning for life after high school sets in. But for Angela Guerrero, the summer before senior year represents an important step in an already flourishing research career. She may be 17, but she's prepping for her final year in college, with plans to pursue an MD/PhD upon graduation.

08/16/2011 07:00:00
Marcus Woo

When summer started, Caltech senior Yuyang Fan was handed a picture taken with a cell phone. The image showed a large box with an array of small fans covering one side. It was a wind tunnel—a simple one, but a wind tunnel nevertheless. Fan's mission? To build one himself as part of his SURF project. And the catch? Other than the picture, he was given nothing. "That's all the information I got," he says.

08/09/2011 07:00:00
Marcus Woo

Like so many things in life, it all started with a girl. In fifth grade, the girl who sat next to Keith Hawkins every day in class would check out encyclopedias and look up subjects in astronomy, admiring pictures of swirling galaxies and colorful nebulae. Hawkins would join her, and the two of them would sit together and gaze at the heavens, one page at a time.

08/08/2011 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

One looks like little more than a stethoscope head attached to a wire; the other seems to be an oven mitt with three metal disks sewn on. Simple, yes, but these prototype medical devices—developed by young Caltech researchers working on a SURF project—could one day save lives.

06/17/2011 07:00:00
Kathy Svitil

Students from Caltech won a large number of awards this spring, including a Fulbright grant, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, three Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, two Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, a Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship, and 36 National Science Foundation Fellowships. 

11/30/2010 08:00:00
Ann Motrunich

It was a posting that offered a chance to "see how research is done and understand the lifetime enthusiasm that can be generated" that brought Zach Wickens to Caltech. The announcement was posted by pioneering organic chemist John (Jack) Roberts, Caltech's Institute Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus.

01/24/2005 08:00:00
Robert Tindol
The Rose Hills Foundation of Los Angeles has awarded $315,000 to the California Institute of Technology to fund scholarships for the current and coming academic years. The scholarships will be awarded to juniors and seniors from the San Gabriel Valley who are majoring in the life sciences, natural sciences, or engineering.
08/30/2004 07:00:00
Caltech Communications
Sliding down a sand dune on your derriere might at first take seem a bit undignified for a professor from the California Institute of Technology. But for mechanical engineering professor Melany Hunt, it's all in the name of science.
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