Celebration of Excellence
Join us as we celebrate graduating seniors, student clubs, and give the following awards:
DR. JAMES KING JR. STUDENT DIVERSITY
The Dr. James King Jr. award is given to individuals who stand out as strong supporters of diversity within the Caltech student body. Dr. King is the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Caltech in chemical physics (at that time it was chemistry and physics). Along with his many accomplishments as a scientist and the Assistant Laboratory Director at JPL, he had a reputation for mentoring students and encouraged diversity in the Caltech student body.
DR. FRED SHAIR AWARD FOR PROGRAMMING
The Dr. Fred Shair award is given to individuals who stand out as strong supporters of programs that increase the diversity and pluralism in practice at Caltech. Dr. Shair was a member of the Chemical Engineering faculty. One of his great accomplishments and contributions to the campus was the creation of the Summer Undergraduate Research (SURF) program in 1979. He later included high achieving students from campuses across the country in an effort to support equity in access to Caltech's research communities.
WMW CANDACE RYPISI OUTSTANDING MENTOR AWARD
Demonstrated a willingness to share their knowledge to enhance the professional and personal development of her mentee(s), provided emotional and moral support and encouragement, enhanced or helped facilitate access to career related information and exposure to various professional resources, opportunities, networks, and other role models, promoted the mentee's sense of competence and confidence
WMW HELEN McBRIDE OUTSTANDING MENTEE AWARD
Demonstrated a sincere desire to succeed as a student and is committed to her personal development, open and willing to learn from her mentor and receptive to advice and counsel, worked with her mentor to establish realistic goals and demonstrated a commitment to carrying them out