ARC Programs

Note: For those redirected to this page for course videos, please scroll down to the "Course Capture" section.

Student-Faculty Interaction

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

Student-Faculty Lunches

Student-Faculty Lunches are free, casual lunches during which students can talk to professors. They are held 1-2 times per term with 8-10 professors participating. Groups are assigned via lottery, but we are usually able to accommodate all students who sign up.

Here are some images from the 2018 spring Student-Faculty Lunches:

Take a Prof to Lunch

Have a cool prof you want to spend time with? Through this program, the ARC will pay for a lunch for a professor and up to 5 students. If you are interested, please contact the ARC Chair at Funding is limited, and not all requests can be granted.

Course Compliments

Let's spread some positivity around campus! If you have any profs/TAs that you find awesome, submit a course compliment here:

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

Software seminars are 2 hour sessions designed to give students a crash course in different software packages like Mathematica, Git, and Unix Shell. Experienced speakers will give an introduction to different software and teach students how to use these tools.

Ombuds Training

Ombuds are students who volunteer to act as liaisons 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 where students can learn how to gather course feedback and communicate with the professor. Lunch is provided.

Peer Advising

Before registration, each house's ARC rep organizes a Peer Advising session for upperclassman to talk about class recommendations and general course advice.

Option Fair

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.

Course Capture

The ARC and the CTLO have worked together to record videos of course lectures. This term, we are recording Ma 121b! Videos are posted here:

ASCIT Teaching Awards

Every year in spring term, students can nominate professors and TAs to win an ASCIT Teaching Award, and the ARC will choose 8 winners based on the student nominations and responses. This award is completely chosen by students, from the nomination to the selection process. Past winners of the award are listed here:

Here are some pictures from the 2018-2019 Teaching Awards ceremony:


The ARC runs programs are designed to help Caltech students successfully navigate the research landscape.

Academic Year Research List and Research FAQ