There are many different feelings about politics. Some hate
it, some flourish int it. To some it is just annoying. I enjoy it. It’s really
interesting. I’m taking Introduction to Political Science this term and it’s
great having it play out right outside my room. It’s election season at Caltech
and every position in the Houses and ASCIT (our student government) is up for
When I give tours I spend a lot of time talking about the
labs, classes, and pranks, but rarely do I mention student government so here’s
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Vice President of Non-Academic
Director of Operations
Director for Social Activities
Houses: There are a
million house positions from President to Cannon Master. Here is a general idea
Head Social Team Manager
Head Athletics Manager
Vice Social Team Manager
Vice Athletics Manager
Soc Frosh (Usually four)
Ath Frosh (Usually four)
These are the people that keep everything running from organizing
athletics matches and parties to handling inter-house disputes.
So during election season, when all the positions are
being filled, the corridors are filled with gossip about who is running and who’s
going to win. The rules are complicated and every now and again some argument
will break out over the constitution (every house and ASCIT has one). It all
adds spice to game and with only 900 students anyone can play. I never did
anything with student government in high school, but I’ve held positions here
at Caltech. It’s fun and adds some diversity to the science!
To relax after all that craziness a bunch of us went to
the beach (pics below)!
This is the Santa Monica Pier
This is Grace and her boyfriend Alex (nice pose) :)
Until next time!
“Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of”
This summer I had the incredible opportunity to do a 10-week internship at Gilead Sciences in Foster City, CA. For those unfamiliar, Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines.
With 45 Nobel Laureates on its Faculty Roster, it’s not surprising that research is an integral part of the Caltech undergraduate experience. One of the programs that promotes such research is the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). There is no minimum knowledge or experience required to participate in a Caltech SURF. In fact, students can participate in a SURF as soon as the summer after their freshman year. It is not difficult to get a SURF. All you need to do is find a mentor who is working in an area of research that interests you and willing to mentor you through a research project. The mentor can work in a Caltech lab, at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), or at another participating institution. Once you find a mentor, you work together to write a project proposal that you later send to the SURF office for review and approval. About 98% of the SURF proposals get approved. This fellowship is a great way to explore various fields of research and obtain real, hands-on experience where you get to apply the theoretical knowledge you’ve learned in class. Not only do you get to work and learn alongside your mentor, but you also get compensated for your time. The length of the SURF is ten weeks, and it starts at the beginning of the summer. However, it is not uncommon for many students at Caltech to continue their research project throughout the academic school year.
Like many students at Caltech, I suffer from a slight boba addiction, where side effects may include over caffeination, minor sugar highs, and of course, a large toll on one’s wallet. This addiction is not helped by the fact that there are at least three boba shops within walking distance of campus. So, after an entire term’s worth of boba runs, I came back from winter break with a new year’s epiphany: it was time to get a job. Rather than try to curb my addiction, I decided to find a way to subsidize it.