The scope of LMS’ activities ensures that the impact of
the Laboratory reaches beyond the Caltech campus. Our outreach
efforts include science education at multiple levels and interaction
across the international science community. Currently LMS pursues
various educational outreach programs that enrich science education
at the undergraduate, high school and middle school levels, in
particular reaching a large number of under-represented students.
Some of our educational programs include:
Attracting talented and capable research students to participate
in exciting multidisciplinary research frontiers is one of LMS’
primary educational goals.
Students interested in applying to Caltech should visit the Caltech
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
Caltech has a long-standing tradition of encouraging its own undergraduates
to carry out summer research on campus through the Summer Undergraduate
Research Fellowships program. About 240 Caltech undergraduates
participate in this program every year and experience the process
of research as a creative intellectual activity. Many of these
students regard the SURF experience as the highlight of their
MURF Fellowships Program (MURF)
Caltech’s MURF program provides support for talented undergraduates
to spend a summer working in a research laboratory on the Caltech
campus. The MURF program aims to increase the representation of
underrepresented students in science and engineering graduate
programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible to
students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports
Caltech’s commitment to training a diverse set of science,
technology, engineering, and math leaders. The program exposes
students to the excitement and opportunities of a research career.
This experience provides excellent preparation for students interested
in subsequently pursuing a Ph.D.
The Caltech Precollege Science Initiative (CAPSI)
The Caltech Precollege Science Initiative is a collaborative effort,
linking scientists and engineering professionals with educators,
teachers, and school administrators. CAPSI is part of a national
effort to improve K-12 science education, aimed at minimizing
rote learning, and nurturing curiosity-driven and inquiry-based
learning in public schools.
Visits by Elementary and Middle School Students
LMS hosts field trips by elementary and middle school students
from the Pasadena Unified School District and the San Marino School
District. Through lab tours, hands-on activities and lectures
by the LMS Director, students are exposed to the research at the
Fair and Science Students
LMS Director has also been involved in the promotion of science
in the state of California by giving lectures to students at the
Keynote Address, "Voyage of Discoveries"; California
State Science Fair; California Science Center, (Los Angeles,
California) May 19, 2003
Keynote Speech, 2005 California Nobel Laureate Dinner with COSMOS
(California State Summer School for Math & Sciences), "Voyage
Through Time", The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California,
November 21, 2005.
C. Watson Lecture Series
Distinguished members of the Caltech community present the quarter-century-old
Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series. The lectures, typically held
on Wednesday evenings, are designed to present current Caltech
research in layperson's terms, and are free and open to the public.
Several LMS faculty members have been invited to present the Watson
“Freezing Time - the Six Millenia Race to Femtoseconds”,
“A Different View of the DNA Double Helix: A Conduit for
Charge Transport”, May 2000
“The Quantum-Classical Transition on Trial: Is the Whole
More Than the Sum of the Parts?”, Nov 2001
LMS encourages student exchange programs with national and international
research groups who bring unique perspectives, methods, and expertise
to the activities of the Laboratory.
Freezing Atoms in Motion: Principles of Femtochemistry and Demonstration
by Laser Stroboscopy, J. S. Baskin, A. H. Zewail, J. Chem.
Educ. 2001, 78, 737.
Femto Museum (FemtoLand I)
In 1999, the Director of LMS was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
for “for his studies of the transition states of chemical
reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy.” The original experimental
apparatus that was used for this pioneering work is now housed in
the Femto Museum at LMS. The Femto Museum also includes an educational
demonstration of the essential concepts involved in femtochemistry.
The Femto Museum is located in the sub-basement of the Arthur Amos
Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics (056 Noyes). Admission is by
prior appointment only.