UROH Undergraduate Research Opportunities Handbook
Research Opportunities



Student-Faculty Programs
The Student-Faculty Programs office at Caltech administers several summer undergraduate research fellowship programs.

SURF—Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
SURF is a ten-week summer research program designed to introduce students to the research enterprise under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech or JPL. SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process and as such students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project; applicants write research proposals for their projects; a faculty committee reviews the proposals and recommends awards; students carry out the work from mid-  June to late August; and at the conclusion of the program, they submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day.

Amgen Scholars
Caltech's Amgen Scholars program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity. Amgen Scholarships will be offered in biology and biology-related fields.

JPL's Higher Education Group facilitates interactions among colleges and universities (including Caltech) and NASA's Education Office to develop and administer educational programs and research opportunities promoting deeper understanding of the NASA mission by all participants, with the goal of inspiring many of them to pursue related careers or projects in science, engineering, and technology.

Career Development Center
The Career Development Center prepares students and postdoctoral scholars to launch satisfying careers through individualized, quality programs and services.

Fellowships and Study Abroad
Our Fellowships and Study Abroad Office helps Caltech undergraduate and graduate students seek out information on, and apply for a wide variety of highly competitive fellowships for study both in the U.S. and abroad.

Alumni Association LinkedIn
Alumni and select other members of the Caltech community (including students and postdocs) register directly with LinkedIn and then have access to the Caltech Alumni group. LinkedIn is an online networking site that helps you find inside connections to jobs, industry experts and business partners.

Academics and Research Committee (ARC)
The Academics and Research Committee serves as an objective liaison between students and faculty, to facilitate effective communication, and to improve the quality of learning at Caltech.

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions.

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.

Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR)
The Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) is an organization of Southern California faculty, administrators, and interested members of the community who share the common goal of improving education for college and university students through hands-on experiences of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity.

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