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Research has always been a big part of the undergraduate experience at Caltech.  Today, it is one of the main reasons why students choose to come to Caltech.  Nearly 90% of all students participate in at least one research project before they graduate. Since 1979, SURF has served as the primary way for students to get involved in the research enterprise.  There are over 7,000 SURF alumni who have conducted over 8,300 research projects! 

SURF and undergraduate research at Caltech relies upon the involvement and generosity of our mentors, alumni, parents, and friends.  Thank you for your support and we hope that you will continue to invest in our students.  Here are some ways to be involved:

Join us for any of our annual events:

Annual SURF Kickoff Dinner in February/March

SURF Reunion (as part of Caltech’s Annual Seminar Day) in May

Annual Donor-Student Dinner in August

SURF Seminar Day in October

Visit campus and meet a SURF!  If you will be on campus would like to meet a SURFer, just let us know and we’d be happy to arrange for a meeting.

Serve as a session chair or judge at either Summer Seminar Day (August) or SURF Seminar Day (October).

Make a donation. Your gift helps ensure that students continue to have a full range of opportunities to engage in research and with our faculty. Learn more about SURF funding opportunities or you can conveniently make an online gift

  • After entering your donation amount, select "Choose specific designations."
  • In the pop-up designations window, scroll to the "Research Support" section and select "SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships)."
  • Click on "Continue" to close the pop-up.

You may also mail contributions to the SFP Office, California Institute of Technology, MC 1-122, Pasadena, CA 91125.