ARC Programs

Student Faculty Interaction

One of the goals of the ARC is to promote student faculty interaction. Below are some of our student faculty interaction programs. Dates and details about upcoming events are sent out to the undergraduate email list.

Undergraduate Seminar Series - Once Per Term
The Undergraduate Seminar Series (USS) is a lunchtime seminar where a professor talks about his or her research. All undergraduates are welcome, and lunch is provided. The Undergraduate Seminar Series is a good way to meet professors, and to learn about research at Caltech.

Recent speakers include:

Nets Katz (Math) - Global Solvability of Navier Stokes
Keith Pluymers (HSS) - Resource Scarcity and Stability
David Hsieh (Physics) - Quantum Electronic Phases of Matter
Mike Brown (Planetary Science) - What does Europa Taste Like?

Student Faculty Lunches - Once Per Term
Student faculty lunches are casual lunches where students can talk to professors. There are typically 4-5 professors at each lunch, and about 25 students are chosen by lottery.

Take a Prof to Lunch - Year Round
Have a cool prof you want to spend time with? Through this program, the ARC will pay for an Ath lunch for a professor and up to 5 students. If you are interested, please contact the ARC Chair at tsliu@caltech.edu. Funding is limited, and not all requests can be granted :/

Mentoring / Educational Programs

The ARC runs several mentoring and educational resources. These programs are designed to help Caltech students succeed academically and to gain more from their education.

Software Seminars - Once Per Term
Software seminars are 2 hour sessions designed to give students a crash course in different software packages such as Mathematica, Matlab, and LaTeX. A pilot program was launched in 2016, and we hope to continue the program throughout the school year. Experienced speakers will give an introduction to different software and teach students how to use these tools.

Ombuds Training - Once Per Term
Ombuds are students who volunteer to act as a liason between students and the professor for a class. The ARC, in conjunction with the Center for Teaching Learning and Outreach (CTLO), runs an ombuds training session at the beginning of each term. Ombud training teaches ombuds how to gather course feedback and communicate with the professor. Lunch is provided.

Option Fair - Once Per Academic Year
The option fair is an event designed to help freshman choose which major to declare. Upperclassmen and faculty from each major come out to the Olive Walk and answer questions about their option. The event is similar to the club fair, but is for options. The option fair will be held during second term this year.

Course Capture  - Coming Soon!
The ARC and the CTLO have worked together to record videos of course lectures. The Course Capture website is currently under development, and will be launched later this year.

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