2013 SURF Student  Garmina Gupta
May 2014
SURF Newsletter  

Dear Friend of SURF,   

Another exciting summer at Caltech is about to begin!  We are so proud of our young scholars and can't wait to see what they achieve.


In this issue:

  • You're invited: 2nd Annual SURF Reunion
  • Learn more about the 2014 SURFers
  • Congratulations John Dabiri--the first SURFer to serve as Dean of Students!


Candace Rypisi

Director, Student-Faculty Programs


Image Credit: Bob Paz
You're Invited!

Please join us for our 2nd Annual SURF Reunion (to be held as part of Caltech's Alumni Seminar Day).

Saturday, May 17
4:45 - 5:30 PM
Beckman Institute, Glanville Courtyard
Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served

Reconnect with former classmates and research-mates, chat with current SURF students and mentors, and learn about what's new with undergraduate research at Caltech.  All SURF alumni and friends are welcome!

Alumni Association membership is not required.
No charge to attend the SURF reception.
Please RSVP at https://events.alumni.caltech.edu/register/membership/3
Caltech student Teo Wilkening
SURF 2014

The start of SURF 2014 is just weeks away!  This year, 397 eager students will immerse themselves in the research enterprise of Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and at colleges and universities across the globe.

Here are just a few of the projects that they will be working on:

Optimization of a Multipotent HIV-Neutralizing Reagent

Activation and Inhibition of Akt and Its Effect on Cancer Cells

Novel Materials and Geometries for Ultra-lightweight High-efficiency Solar Cells

Artificial Bone Scaffolds out of Nanotrusses for Bone Regenerations

Modeling the Thermal and Physical evolution of the Sedimentary Rocks of Mount Sharp, Mars

Exploration of Interseismic Deformation in the Ventura Basin, California

Modeling Financial networks and Contagion

Model Selection for Mutual Fund Performance Predictability

Strong Gravitational Lensing Insights into the Particle Nature of Dark Matter

Modeling Europa's Hydrothermal Vents

The Potts Model and Combinatorial Polynomials

Razor Analysis of Dileptonic Top Quark Pair Events

Congratulations to the students, mentors, and co-mentors!  And, thank you, to all of you who wrote recommendations, helped students with their proposals, and reviewed the applications.  We can't wait to hear about the results of these projects at SURF Seminar Day.

Quarks and Leptons (and other tidbits of matter...)
Image Credit: Bob Paz

Quarks and Leptons:


Congratulations to John Dabiri on being the first SURF alum to be named Dean of Students!


Read the full story here. 



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