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”
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.
Research at Caltech looks different for every student, and can often vary term by term. As a chemistry major, my course requirements are on the lighter side for a Caltech major, and many chemistry majors take advantage of the lighter course load to join research groups. This can be whenever the student wants, but many people join labs during their freshman or sophomore years. Some may work in one lab only, and some may switch between labs during the course of their undergraduate studies, depending on if their interests change.
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.