The national Mellon Mays program was established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and counts
nearly 50 schools as members. Over 5,000 students are selected as Mellon Mays fellows since the program
began in 1988. Caltech is that the only member of the program that gives MMUF Fellowships to STEM
five Mellon Mays students from Caltech graduated.
Kenny Duran, a physics student, worked with Glenn Orton, a senior research scientist at the reaction
propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech manages for NASA, analyzing the atmosphere of Saturn; with
Riccardo Comin, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on condensed matter physics
research; and with Peter Capak, formerly of IPAC. He will pursue work on the intersection of computation
Megan Durney, a computing student, conducted research with John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman
Professor of Theoretical Physics, and therefore the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM),
where Preskill is the Allen V.C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair. Her research focused on
protecting the info in quantum computers from the noise that's inherent in those systems. She plans to
hitch Google X, Google's secretive lab , as a part of its quantum team. During her time at Caltech, Durney
served as a peer advocate, upperclassman counselor, and secretary in Blacker House, and was a
councillor on the ladies in CMS (Computing and Mathematical Sciences) committee
Felipe Gomez, a physics student, worked with physics professor David Hsieh and President Tom
Rosenbaum on condensed matter physics research, investigating pump-probe spectroscopy and
quantum magnetism. He will attend Harvard and pursue a doctoral degree in physics.
As a student at Caltech, he served as president of CLASES/Club Latino, arranging professional events
for club members. He also was a member of the Physics Club and participated in science outreach to
local high schools.
Karen Pham, a geology student, conducted research into the monsoons of West Africa with Simona
Bordoni, formerly of Caltech, and worked with George Rossman, professor of geological and planetary
sciences, on developing a neural network which will identify minerals employing a sort of spectroscopy.
she is going to attend Pennsylvania State University to pursue a doctoral degree in geosciences, with a
search specialise in how the evolution of the earth's environment affects the distribution of species. she is
going to also visit Norway to conduct research through a Fulbright Fellowship. As a student, she worked
with the Caltech Y, as an increase tutor, and served as an envoy for the Student-Faculty Programs Office.
She also participated within the Science Olympiad Club, planning science tournaments for middle- and
high-school students in Southern California.