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Programs for Underrepresented Minorities

The following programs encourage and support underrepresented minorities (URMs) in their pursuit of STEM degrees and careers.

  • AGEP – The California Alliance - The California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (California Alliance) focuses on increasing diversity in the academic fields with the greatest national underrepresentation of minorities: the mathematical, physical, and computer sciences; and engineering. AGEP is a partnership between four leading California universities to ensure that underrepresented minority (URM) PhD graduate students and postdoctoral scholars  aspire to and populate the ranks of the postdoctoral population, the faculty at competitive research and teaching institutions, the federally funded national laboratories, and scientific think tanks.
  • WAVE Fellows - Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering programs and making the Institute's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) - The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is a prestigious national program focused on increasing the number of underrepresented students who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. Fellowships include mentoring, research stipends, and travel support for conferences, graduate school visits, etc.
  • Freshman Summer Research Institute (FSRI) - The Freshman Summer Research Institute (FSRI) is a summer program designed to introduce incoming underrepresented and underserved minority freshmen students to Caltech's research and math curriculum, culture and college life, and academic and student support services. Participants attend workshops and seminars lead by Caltech faculty, meet with a research mentor, work and interact with fellow undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows while working in a Caltech lab, and complete a 5-week research assignment during the program.