Caltech Y: Making a World of Difference


The Caltech Y enriches student life and challenges students to grow into responsible citizens of the world.

World Fest

Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27, 2018

World Fest celebrates the cultural diversity of our campus community and is brought to you the International Offices and the Caltech Y, in collaboration with international and cultural student clubs.

View the full schedule here.



Caltech Y Photo Contest

Deadline May 1st

The Caltech Y Photo Contest is on again!  If you have participated in a Caltech Y program and are a current student, submit your photos for a chance to win. We're giving a $100 prize to the winner of each of the five photo contest categories ( Perspective, Adventure, Service, Civic Engagement, Leadership).
Photos should demonstrate the pillar in action.  Photos of people are preferred, but exceptional scenic pictures will also be accepted.

Submission details can be found HERE.


Your world awaits… will you act? 

The Caltech Y Advocating Change Together (ACT) Award

Applications are due by Friday, April 20th no later than noon

Got an issue or cause that warrants attention?  Explore the issue - by attending a conference, training, or workshop, or choosing to immerse yourself with a mentor or organization that is addressing your issue – then plan some programs to raise awareness on campus.  Awardees can receive up to $4,500 to cover expenses for their educational experience, including registration and program fees, travel, lodging, food, and incidentals. 

Local, national, or global travel - as well as one day, multi-day, and even multi-week experiences - are all eligible.  The Caltech Y ACT Award, made possible with generous support of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union, offers students an opportunity to pursue an issues through service or advocacy. 


Visit for applications and more information.

The Studenski Memorial Award 

Proposals are due Friday, April 20th no later than noon

Are you wondering about the next step in your life?  Have you reached a crossroad where you would benefit from an opportunity to explore?  Would a trip, an opportunity to volunteer with an organization, or a chance to try a new skill or interest this summer help you gain clarity?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Studenski Award might be for you. 

The Studenski Memorial Award is a grant of up to $6,000 established in the memory of Paul Studenski, a Caltech student who was killed in an automobile accident while traveling across the United States in 1974.  It is awarded to a Caltech undergraduate who, having reached a crossroads in life, would benefit from a period away from the academic community to obtain a better understanding of self and to explore possible directions for the future.

Visit for proposal guidelines

Spring Friends Dinner

Tuesday | May 8th

Join us on Tuesday, May 8th at The Athenaeum for our Spring Friends Dinner with special guest Martin Chalifour, Music Coach at Caltech and the Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the last 23 years. Mr Chalifour will speak on the complementing nature of science and the performing arts, the week-to-week progression of a typical Caltech chamber music group towards public concerts, and the dynamics of teamwork as a leader of all the Strings and Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


For more information and to RSVP please visit :

Caltech Y Centennial Video

Produced and directed by Iram Parveen Bilal

A brief historical overview on the relevance and birth of the Caltech Y, produced and directed by Caltch Y Board Member and Caltech Alumna Iram Parveen Bilal.

Watch the video here!