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Associate Mentors

Caltech students who apply for a SURF fellowship with a mentor at another institution (but not JPL) are required to have an Associate Mentor.

Who May Serve as an Associate Mentor?

All Caltech faculty members including research, teaching, and visiting faculty, the professional staff, and faculty associates may serve as Associate Mentors.

Associate Mentor Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of an associate mentor is to ensure that the academic rigor of the student’s research project is compatible with Caltech standards. Associate mentors will be asked to:

  • Review the student's research proposal;
  • Submit an online evaluation form as part of the student's application;
  • Review the student's interim reports;
  • Review the final technical report

The Associate Mentor does not have any financial responsibility for the student's financial award or research costs.