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Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity


Undergraduate students from Caltech and other universities are invited to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Experimental Quantum Science and Technology (QuantumSURF). Through this program, summer students will have the opportunity to do research for 10 weeks in experimental groups at Caltech working on quantum science and technology. Applications may be submitted through either the SURF or WAVE programs at Caltech. Requirements are the same for the SURF and WAVE programs, though the WAVE program is specifically for women or prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds. 

In addition to the activities and opportunities provided by the SURF and WAVE programs, the QuantumSURF students will benefit from collective meetings, lab tours and interactions with the professors participating in QuantumSURF. QuantumSURF students will also have the opportunity to share their experiences on, the dedicated blog for Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM).

To apply, please contact professors involved in the QuantumSURF program to discuss research opportunities. In consultation with the faculty, students will prepare a research proposal and submit it through either the SURF or WAVE application process. Individuals from underrepresented minorities in STEM fields are highly encouraged to apply. 

Application Deadlines:
SURF program: February 22, 2024
WAVE program: January 9, 2024

2023 QuantumSURF Participants

  • Ali Ahmad (Caltech)
  • Nuha Akhtar (Boise State University)
  • Adele Basturk (Caltech)
  • Matthew Chalk (Harvey Mudd)
  • Tommy Clark (Caltech)
  • Mumtaz Gababa (UC Berkeley)
  • Antonia Ghita (École Polytechnique)
  • Shanya Mishra (École Polytechnique)
  • Shivam Mundhra (University of Chicago)
  • Pranav Parakh (Yale)
  • Eleanor Richard (Cornell)
  • Joe Sheeran (Caltech)
  • Aditya Srinivasan (Caltech)
  • Daniil Zhitov (University of Cambridge)

2022 QuantumSURF Participants

  • Nachiket Bhanushali (Caltech)
  • Yiyi Cai (Caltech)
  • Maathias Driesse (University of Edinburgh)
  • Vivian Gao (Berkeley)
  • Benjamin Gladwyn (Cambridge University)
  • Abhishek Kejriwal (Indian University of Technology, Bombay)
  • Yincheng Liu (Trinity College)
  • Elijah Paul (Caltech)
  • Ray Rasool (Caltech)
  • Omar Salas (University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Jason Schibler (University of Florida)
  • Stepan Smid (Cambridge University)
  • Victoria Su (Caltech)
  • Jonathan Thio (Queens College)
  • Aditi Venkatesh (Caltech)
  • Justin Wang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
  • Alex Way (Caltech)
  • Zitan Ye (Caltech)

2021 QuantumSURF Participants

  • Adam Abbas (Caltech)
  • Bob Bao (Rice)
  • Cora Barrett (Wellesley)
  • Ashildur Frioriksdottir (University of Iceland)
  • Kat Gorou (Caltech)
  • Wenyan Guan (Caltech)
  • Adrian Lopez (Caltech)
  • Gavin McCabe (Caltech)
  • Mai Nguyen (Caltech)
  • Davis Olmsted 
  • Emily Pan (Caltech)
  • Sahil Pontula (MIT)
  • Jacob Sims (University of Oklahoma) 
  • Oscar Simpson (University of Cambridge)
  • Anna Soper (University of Richmond)
  • Emily Springer (Caltech)
  • Victoria Su (Caltech)
  • Keqin Yan (UCLA)

2020 QuantumSURF Participants

  • Sebastien Abadi (Caltech)
  • Anthony Bao (Caltech)
  • Devin Dean (Caltech)
  • Helena Guan (Caltech)
  • Joren Husic (University of Chicago)
  • Adrian Lopez (Caltech)
  • Emily Springer (Caltech)
  • Victoria Su (Caltech)
  • Maya Watts (Michigan State University)
  • Evan Yamaguchi (University of Maryland)
  • Frank Yang (Rice University)

2019 QuantumSURF Participants

  • Maksim Borovkov (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)
  • Eoin Caffrey (Trinity College)
  • Aiden Cullo (Binghampton University)
  • Felipe Gomez (Caltech)
  • Yakub Grzesik (Rice University)
  • Anant Kale (Caltech)
  • Aron Lloyd (UC Berkeley)
  • Hayward Melton (Caltech)
  • Shiva Mudide (Caltech)
  • Mai Nguyen (Caltech)
  • Hamza Raniwala (Caltech)
  • Alicia Tirone (Caltech)
  • Ryan White (Caltech)