Caltech Center for Diversity


Club Latino: Altar building & Face Painting bring a picture or favorite food of family, ancestors, pets, or scientists you would like to honor! Tues, Nov 2nd
BSCIT & Club Latino Welcome Mixer RSVP requested not required. Bartender will check IDs
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This Week @ CCD!
Upcoming Events
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Monday, October 31:
Happy Halloween
Tuesday, Nov 1:
Good Luck on Midterms!
Wednesday, Nov 2:
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
12-1pm, Red Door Cafe
Thursday, Nov 3:
Grad/Postdoc Women’s Lunch
12-1pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area 

12-1pm, CCD Conference Room 257
Friday, Nov 4:
PRISM UG/Grad/Postdoc Lunch
12-1pm, LGBTQ Lounge 

BSCIT & Club Latino Welcome Mixer
5-7pm, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area

This Week @ CCD!

Weds., Nov. 2, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration/Altar building Lunch, 12-1PM, Red Door Cafe
Join Club Latino for the creation of an altar honoring passed scientists, family members, and pets. Bring a copy of a picture or a favorite packaged food of someone who has passed away and join us in creating a community altar outside of Red Door. Join us to have our face painted and come see the altar!

Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is an ancient and enduring ritual when the living commune with the dead – a mystical night when the veil is lifted between their two realms and they may share a day together. The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua (Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecas, Tlaxcaltec, Chichimec, Tecpanec) and others native to Mexico more than 3,000 years.

Thu., Nov. 3, Grad/Postdoc Women’s Lunch, 12-1PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
This is the regular lunch meeting for Graduate Women to discuss topics pertinent to their academic, professional and personal lives.  Lunch Provided. Contact Erin-Kate Escobar for more information.
Thu., Nov 3, BSCIT and NSBE, 12-1PM, CCD Conference Room 257
Please join the Black Students of the California Institute of Technology, a student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  We aim to advance the careers of Black scientists/engineers and to create career networking opportunities.  One of our primary goals is to build a community and a social network for African-American students through events held at the Institution.  Lunch will be served.
Fri., Nov. 4, PRISM UG/Grad/Postdoc, 12-1PM, LGBTQ Lounge  
LGBTQ+ Undergrads, Grads and Postdocs are invited to join in socials, awareness building and education around gender, gender identity, sexuality and the intersections of being LGBTQ+ in STEM.  Allies welcome.  Lunch will be served.
Fri., Nov. 4, BSCIT/Club Latino Welcome Mixer, 5-7PM, CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Come out, have fun, and meet some new people at our first mixer of the year!
Black Students at Caltech (BSCIT) and Club Latino are hosting this event.  We will have chips and salsa, taquitos, spring rolls, sparkling cider, beer, wine, etc.  All are welcome! IDs will be checked by the bartender.

 Coming Soon @ CCD!

Wednesday, November 9:

  • Post-Election Debrief – 12-1 CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
Thursday, November 10:
  • Feminist Club Meeting 12-1PM CSS 2nd Floor Common Area
  • Grad/Postdoc Chat 12-1PM CCD Conference Room
  • Married Partner Graduate/Postdoc 12-1PM CCD Women’s Lounge
Friday, November 11:
  • STEMinar #2:  Powatche Williams – 12-1 Avery Library

Community Announcements

Travel Funds Available for Undergraduates 
Undergraduates traveling to academic workshops and meetings that promote professional and leadership development are eligible to apply for support from the Caltech Y’s Patrick Hummel and Harry Gray Travel Fund. The fund provides recipients with up to $2,000 for travel expenses. Applications are due noon on January 10, 2017.

JPL Reserach Poster Conference
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
10 A.M. - 4P.M. - Posters Up
11 A.M. - 2P.M. Speakers at Posters
JPL Mall Area, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena

See Flyer below for more details:
This is an excellent opportunity to see first-hand the latest results from the programs, and to learn more about the investment opportunities available at JPL
Registration is required


Caltech Space Challenge 2017—Caltech will host the Space Challenge—a five-day international student space mission design competition—from March 26-31, 2017. For the competition, 32 students from a range of backgrounds are invited to Caltech, formed into two teams, and given a mission design problem. The teams attend lectures related to mission planning, are given the necessary development tools, and are challenged to produce a viable mission design. Undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality are eligible to apply. The application window opens September 1 and continues through December 16.

D. E. Shaw Research
Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates
Friday, November 4, 2016

D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) seeks exceptional undergraduates pursuing degrees in the computational sciences to join us at our annual Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates.  This event will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, and will bring students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering to our offices in New York for a day of presentations, discussions, networking, and plenty of food and drink!  This is an opportunity to learn about the internship and career opportunities available at D. E. Shaw Research, explore our scientific computing and research projects in detail, and connect with other students from across the country who share your interest in science and technology.
Enjoy the vantage point from our Times Square office and an evening in New York City on us!  We will cover the cost of travel to and from New York as well as hotel accommodations for two nights for all selected attendees.
If you are studying computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, applied math, materials science, or another scientific field with a focus on computational methods, and are interested in attending this event, please email your resume to with the subject line “DESRES Summit” by Monday, September 26, 2016.  We can only invite a limited number of attendees to the summit, but we welcome submissions from students of all experience levels.
D. E. Shaw Research is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts basic scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry under the direct scientific leadership of Dr. David Shaw. Our group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics simulations involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and a pharmaceutical perspective. An integral part of our effort consists of designing and developing custom hardware and software to carry out this research. We are also pursuing drug discovery programs, leveraging the insights enabled by our novel technologies, with an initial focus on drug targets that have proved resistant to traditional drug discovery methods. For more information about the group, please visit



Dear Colleagues:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Recognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds to move science forward, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program will recruit and retain early career scientists who are from groups underrepresented in the life sciences and who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement and encouraging eligible individuals from your institution, and beyond, to apply. Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site Applications are due February 15, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

With best regards,
Erin K. O’Shea, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Program Overview
Fellows will receive funding ($80,000) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000) for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent) by the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life science disciplines.

Selection of Fellows
The review process will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and the quality of the training environment with the selected mentor. The selection of finalists will be made by the end of September 2017. Awards may begin as early as November 15, 2017, but no later than January 15, 2018.

Additional information including a full Program Announcement is available at For questions, contact program staff at
MailCode: 255-86
1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena CA 91125
Tel: 626-395-6207

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