Student-Faculty Programs

Welcome to the world of undergraduate research at Caltech! Research has always been a big part of the undergraduate experience at Caltech. In fact, today it is one of the main reasons why students choose to come to Caltech. The low student-faculty ratio (3:1) provides undergraduates with many opportunities to be involved in cutting-edge scientific research. Considering the Caltech professorial faculty and the postdoctoral population, there is at least one Ph.D.-level researcher for every undergraduate!

The Student-Faculty Programs (SFP) office provides support to students wishing to participate in undergraduate research. We administer several summer undergraduate research programs, including the SURF, Amgen Scholars, and WAVE Fellows programs. SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) is our flagship program! Since 1979, over 7,300 students have participated in SURF.

Application procedures and selection criteria vary among the different programs, but they all have similar elements:

  • Students collaborate with mentors
  • Students write research proposals or project plans
  • Selected participants do their projects over a ten-week period in the summer
  • Students submit technical papers and give oral presentations at the conclusion of the summer

During the summer, SFP coordinates faculty seminars, academic and professional development workshops, and social activities open to participants in all programs. Our goal is to provide a vibrant, scholarly summer community on campus. We hope you join us!

Caltech Amgen Scholars and WAVE Fellows Webinar Presentation

Choosing Caltech

This fall, 9 former Caltech summer scholars enrolled as graduate students at the institute. Read full article

Congratulations to the Gee Competition Poster Winners!

First Place Olivine Silier

Second Place Andrew Zhou

Congratulations to our Perpall Finalists

Please help me in congratulating those who are advancing into the Perpall Speaking Competition Final Round:

Damien Bérubé
Anjini Chandra
Rupesh Jeyaram

Elaine Lin
Eric Moreno
Erika Salzman
Julia Sloan
Stella Wang

The finals are scheduled for January 16, 2020. We hope you can make it.

To read more of their work, check out the 2019 SURF Seminar Abstract book.


SURF Proposal Info Session

Dates (Offered 3 times): January 27, 30, or 31

Time: 12-1PM

Location: Hixon Writing Center, CSS, 3rd floor


SURF Proposal Feedback Session

This workshop is limited to students who have attended the SURF Proposal Info Session.

Dates (Offered 3 times):

February 13, 12-1PM

February 18, 4-5PM

February 21, 12-1PM

Location: Hixon Writing Center, CSS, 3rd floor


SCCUR Conference

Saturday, November 21, 2020

All day, Various locations

Mon - Friday
8:00 am - 5 pm
315 S. Wilson Ave
Mail Code 1-122
Pasadena, California 91125