Caltech WAVE Fellows: Summer research opportunity for undergrads interested in STEM PhDs

The WAVE Fellows program supports this goal by increasing visibility and accessibility to Caltech's PhD programs to undergraduates in STEM fields who are seriously considering attending graduate school. WAVE Fellows is a 10-week undergraduate research program that provides robust programming in the areas of academic and professional development.

  • Applicants will identify several possible mentors with whom they are interested in working.
  • Once accepted, Fellows will work with their mentor to define and develop a research project.
  • Fellows will carry out the work over a 10-week period during the summer and submit two interim reports, a research abstract, and final paper. At the conclusion of the program, students give an oral or poster presentation at one of several Seminar Days, symposia modeled on a professional technical meeting.

The 2024 WAVE Fellows award is $7,740 for the ten-week period, plus a $2,300 on-campus housing and travel supplement. Caltech housing is available and we strongly encourage all Fellows to live on campus. The 2024 WAVE Fellows program dates are June 18 through August 23.

In addition to the research experience, WAVE Fellows will participate in:

  • Weekly seminars by Caltech faculty & JPL scientists and engineers
  • An academic and professional development series on developing a research career, graduate school admissions, effective writing and oral communications, and other topics of interest to future researchers
  • Effective writing workshops
  • Social and cultural activities
  • Weekly small student-faculty dinners
  • Special field trips

The WAVE Fellows program is generously supported by on and off-campus partners, including:

  • Kavli Nanoscience Institute
  • Resnick Sustainability Institute
  • Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Center for Environmental Microbial Interactions
  • Institute for Quantum Information and Matter
  • Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Liquid Sunlight Alliance
  • Braun Foundation
  • Edison International
  • Facebook
  • Genentech Foundation
  • Google
  • Individual donors.

Visit the WAVE Fellows program website for more information: