Finding a Mentor
How is Caltech organized?
First: Caltech has six academic divisions: Biology and Biological Engineering (BBE), Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE), Engineering and Applied Science (EAS), Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS), Humanities and Social Science (HSS), and Physics, Math and Astronomy (PMA).
Second: Each academic division has many research areas. Faculty may conduct research in more than one research area and even across divisions!
Finally: Caltech is home to more than 50 research centers and institutes. A research center or institute is home to faculty from across campus and is focused on a research area that may span many different divisions. Several of Caltech's centers and institutes partner with WAVE to provide outstanding research opportunities:
- Kavli Nanoscience Institute
- Liquid Sunlight Alliance
- Resnick Sustainability Institute
- Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience
- Information Science and Technology
- Center for Environmental Microbial Interactions
- Institute for Quantum Information and Matter
- Division of Humanities and Social Science
How do I go about identifying potential WAVE mentors?
First: Look at the list below and identify your research area of interest.
Second: Explore the links and learn more about the research projects of individual faculty.
Third: If your interests lie in any of the subject areas of a Caltech research center or institute, review those websites to see what individual faculty are working on.
Fourth: Identify up to three faculty that you are interested in working with.
BIOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (BBE)
Cellular and Developmental Biology
Evolutionary and Organismal Biology
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics
CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (CCE)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE (EAS)
Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering
Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Environmental Science & Engineering
Mechanical and Civil Engineering
GEOLOGICAL AND PLANETARY SCIENCES (GPS)
PHYSICS, MATH, AND ASTRONOMY (PMA)