“Whenever I see a new student standing alone during rotation, I remember how welcoming students were to me when I got here, and how it made me feel comfortable,” says Teresa Tran, a junior biology major at Caltech. “So I think to myself, ‘That’s how people are here—and I am part of this community now.’ I’ve sometimes surprised myself by initiating conversations with people I don’t know because that’s something I never really did before coming to Caltech.”
Even our most reliable ideas about how the universe works break down in certain domains. They can’t account for the weirdness of quantum mechanics or the recursive chaos of fractals. Hungry for answers, many researchers—including one Caltech undergraduate and her faculty mentor—aim to come up with a better explanation.
This month, 40 Techers traveled to the Grace Hopper Celebration—the world’s largest gathering of women in technology—thanks in part to donations from Caltech alumni who are members of Caltech’s Information Science and Technology (IST) Advisory Council. The donors covered the cost of attendance for many of the students who participated.
Peter Hung has seen Caltech from a variety of angles—as an undergraduate, a graduate student, an award-winning instructor, a research mentor, an alumnus, and a donor. His story is a case study in what Caltech gives to its community, and how that community gives back.
Break Through, publicly launched just over a year ago, is already the most successful campaign in Caltech’s history. In the first year of the public phase alone, gifts exceeded $400 million. And total contributions—over $1.4 billion—have surpassed the goal of Caltech’s last campaign.
First. That is before all others; earliest in time or serial order, foremost in position, rank, or importance.
Freq. as a numeral adjective, the ordinal of ONE.
adj., n., and pron. (written 1st).
—Oxford English Dictionary