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This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events


Monday, Nov. 14:
Happy Monday!

Tuesday, Nov. 15:
D & D 5: Transgender Identity
12-1pm, Avery Dining Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 16:
PRISM Social and Support Group
12-1pm, LGBTQ+ Lounge 2nd Floor CSS
Thursday, Nov. 17:
CLASES/Club Latino/BLAC Meetings
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257

Married Partnered Group
12-1pm, CCD Women’s Lounge
Friday, Nov. 18:
Caltech UNITY day
1-2pm, In Front of Red Door Café

Sunday, Nov. 20:
Transgender Day of Remembrance
12:30-4:30pm, West Hollywood Library

This Week @ CCD!

Tue., Nov. 15, Dish and Discuss #5, Transgender Identity, 12-1PM, Avery Dining Hall
Join the Caltech Center for Diversity in welcoming Aydin Olson-Kennedy from the Los Angeles Gender Center for our Dish and Discuss talk examining Transgender Identity and Navigating Healthcare Systems. Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides therapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, young adults, adults and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, he brings a dual perspective into his advocacy and education work. He has spoken around the country about the importance of rights for gender non-conforming and transgender individuals, with emphasis on identifying and acknowledging domains of privilege. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at the follow link:
Wed., Nov. 16, PRISM Social and Support Group, 12-1PM, LGBTQ+ Lounge (2nd Floor CSS) 
The Caltech Center for Diversity and PRISM will be holding a social and support group for genderqueer, genderfabulous, transgender, gender-exploring folks, and all those who transgress gender binaries. This open and affirming space is also open to supportive family, friends and significant others. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at the follow link:
Thu., Nov. 17, CLASES/Club Latino/BLAC Meetings, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room
Come to the monthly club meetings of:
BLAC - The goal of BLAC is to increase the presence and promote success for African American women in science and technology.

Club Latino - Club Latino's main objective is to serve as a support group for building a unified community of graduate students of Latin/Spanish descent. Come help make plans for the year and sign up to help out with an altar on campus for Dia De Los Muertos

CLASES/SHPE - The Caltech Latino Association of Students in Engineering and Sciences (CLASES) is a student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). CLASES is a Latinx organization at Caltech committed to aiding and advancing undergraduate Latino/as in their future careers as scientists/engineers. CLASES also collaborate to promote understanding of the social and cultural barriers faced by Latino/as and enrich the broader Caltech community with our diverse culture.

Thu., Nov. 17, Married Partner Graduate/Postdoc Women’s Group, 12-1PM, CCD Women’s Lounge Room 265A
A space to join in a facilitated conversation about balancing life as a student/postdoc and a partner.  Be ready to discuss whatever is on your minds.  Moderated by Charisma Bartlett.  Lunch will be provided.  Contact Erin-Kate Escobar for more information.

Fri., Nov. 18, Caltech Unity Day 1-2pm Red Door
Wear Purple to symbolize UNITY! Whether you voted red or blue, we are Caltech! By wearing purple, we are hoping to encourage a spirit of inclusion for all members of our Caltech community. Stop by the Red Door from 1-2pm for a quick photoopp, or take a picture of yourself and tag #CaltechUnityDay! We will also be passing out some wristbands if you need to add some purple to your wardrobe!

Sun., Nov. 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance, 12:30-4:30PM, West Hollywood Library
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed all across the world on November 20th to memorialize those who we have lost as a result of transphobia. Join the Caltech Center for Diversity and PRISM for an outdoor reception Hosted by the West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board at the West Hollywood Library to observe TDoR this Sunday. The event will include speakers from the community, city representatives, community transgender performers, and will conclude with the reading of the names of transgender people who have passed due to transgender hate crimes.  Refreshments will be available. 
The Caltech group will be meeting at the Center for Student Services at 12:30PM. We anticipate returning to Caltech at approximately 4:30 PM. If you are interested in attending and traveling with the Caltech group, please RSVP at the follow link:

 Coming Soon @ CCD!

Tuesday, November 22:
  • Lunch with Claire Ralph 12-1 CCD Conference Room

Community Announcements

Travel Funds Available for Undergraduates 
Undergraduates traveling to academic workshops and meetings that promote professional and leadership development are eligible to apply for support from the Caltech Y’s Patrick Hummel and Harry Gray Travel Fund. The fund provides recipients with up to $2,000 for travel expenses. Applications are due noon on January 10, 2017.

THE STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 25 and all references, essays, forms and a transcript are turned in by that date.  NOTE WELL:  Students cannot apply directly to Caltech's partner universities.  Students MUST go through the Caltech selection and nomination process.  That's why you need to attend a meeting.

Study Abroad Application Meetings:
Note that you only need to attend one of the two general application meetings.  BUT YOU MUST ATTEND ONE IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE CAMBRIDGE MEETING AND WE ARE GOING TO CHECK THE REGISTRATION LIST.  We will not go over any application procedures at the Cambridge meeting - only course selection and related academic issues.   Lunch will be served at all meetings.   

Note that the PowerPoint for the How to Choose Classes Meeting (except for Cambridge) has been posted on the study abroad section of the FASA website by popular demand.  So please refer to this to better understand how to find classes and understand the academic system of our partner programs:

HOW TO APPLY - If you are applying to Cambridge you must attend a general application meeting as well.
(Choose one Application meeting below.)

Session 1:  Monday, Nov. 14 - Study Abroad Application Meeting
12-1pm, Brennen Room


Session 2:  Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Study Abroad Application Meeting
12-1pm, Brennen Room

You need to attend one of the meetings above AND the Cambridge meeting below if you are applying to Cambridge.  RSVP at link below for the Cambridge Meeting.
CAMBRIDGE COURSE CHOICE MEETING (You must attend this meeting if you apply to Cambridge.)  No PowerPoint will be posted.
Thursday, Nov. 17 - Cambridge Application Meeting
12-1pm, Brennen Room



Caltech Space Challenge 2017—Caltech will host the Space Challenge—a five-day international student space mission design competition—from March 26-31, 2017. For the competition, 32 students from a range of backgrounds are invited to Caltech, formed into two teams, and given a mission design problem. The teams attend lectures related to mission planning, are given the necessary development tools, and are challenged to produce a viable mission design. Undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality are eligible to apply. The application window opens September 1 and continues through December 16.


CCD November Calendar - come say hello!
• $500/Quarter – disbursed at the end of every quarter
• $6,000/Summer – SURF or independent research
• $600 GRE Prep (classes and/or books, materials)
• $600 Conference Travel for research-related activities
• $400 senior year research stipend
• $10,000 loan forgiveness processed through Caltech to pay all legitimate UG and
Grad loans in your name
o $1250/year for the first 4 years of an approved Ph.D. program
o After successful defense of dissertation $5000 disbursement
o Must begin an approved Ph.D. program within 39 months after
graduating from Caltech

How do I apply/qualify?
• 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale
• Current sophomore or junior
• Majoring in: Earth Science, Geology, Ecology, Mathematics, Astronomy, Computer
Science, and Physics
• Demonstrate a commitment to pursue a Ph.D. in an approved field
What is the commitment?
• 2 monthly meetings with other MMUF Fellows
• Attendance at regional annual conference
• Other events and programs including end of the year celebrations, seminars, etc.
• Student Contract
What are the benefits?
• Nationally recognized fellowship of MMUF scholars (see list on MMUF website:
• Graduate School admissions support- testing, writing personal statements, meeting
admission officers, etc.
• Meeting other MMUF Alumni and engaging in other networking opportunities
Dear Colleagues:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Recognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds to move science forward, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program will recruit and retain early career scientists who are from groups underrepresented in the life sciences and who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement and encouraging eligible individuals from your institution, and beyond, to apply. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site Applications are due February 15, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

With best regards,
Erin K. O’Shea, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Program Overview
Fellows will receive funding ($80,000) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000) for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent) by the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life science disciplines.

Selection of Fellows
The review process will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor. The selection of finalists will be made by the end of September 2017. Awards may begin as early as November 15, 2017, but no later than January 15, 2018.

Additional information including a full Program Announcement is available at For questions, contact program staff at
MailCode: 255-86
1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena CA 91125
Tel: 626-395-6207

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