Caltech Center for Diversity


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This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
Community Events


Monday, January 2:
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, January 3:
Happy Tuesday!
Wednesday, January 4:
Welcome Back!
First Day of Classes
Thursday, January 5:
Grad/Postdoc Chat
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room

Married Partnered Group
12-1pm, CCD Women’s Lounge
Friday, January 6:
12-1pm, CCD Conference Room

This Week @ CCD!

Thu., Jan. 5, Grad/Postdoc Chat, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room
This is a discussion facilitated by Dr. Maggie Ateia and open to URM identified graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This closed and confidential session provides a safe space to address issues of inclusion and equity.  Lunch provided.
Thu., Jan. 5, Married Partnered Group, 12-1PM, CCD Women’s Lounge 265 A
Be ready to discuss whatever is on your minds. MPG meets once a month and is moderated by Charisma Bartlett. Lunch Provided.

Fri., Jan. 6, CLASES/SHPE/Club Latino Meeting, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room
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.  Club Latino hosts cultural, academic, and social events aimed at expressing and celebrating Latinx culture.

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 collaborates to promote understanding of the social and cultural barriers faced by Latino/as and enrich the broader Caltech community with their diverse culture.

Lunch will be provided for all club meetings.

 Coming Soon @ CCD!

Tuesday, January 10:
  • Dish &Discuss 7:  What is Privilege 12-1PM Avery Dining Hall
Thursday, January 12:
  • BSCIT/NSBE 12-1PM CCD Conference Room
  • Grad/Postdoc Women’s Lunch 12-1PM CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Friday, January 13:
  • PRISM UG/Grads/Postdocs 12-1PM LGBTQ+ Lounge
  • BLAC Lunch Meeting 12-1PM CCD Conference Room
  • SWE Lunch Meeting 12-1PM CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

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.


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.


• $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
Marine Physical Laboratory Summer Internship Program
Stanford University School of Engineering MS/PhD Recruitment
Black Intersections: Resistance, Pride, and Liberation Conference 3/30-4/2 Claremont Colleges
Caltech Toastmasters meets every Thursday 153 Noyes
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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