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As a member of the Caltech Associates, you have intimate opportunities to engage with Caltech faculty, Nobel Prize winners, JPL engineers, and luminaries at the forefront of their disciplines.

Through a wide range of stimulating events and travel opportunities, our programming offers close exposure to the Institute's discoveries and research in science, engineering, medicine, and the arts.

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Participate in the exclusive Associates Travel Program, designed for the intellectually curious traveler who enjoys unique experiences and first-class amenities. Each destination is enhanced by a trip leader from Caltech's faculty whose expertise will enrich your experience.

We work with premier travel companies to design our expeditions and prepare itineraries that incorporate each area's history, arts, and culture. This translates to behind-the-scenes access to observatories, museums, entertainment, and local amenities. Trips vary in length and include everything from one-day visits to JPL to two-week-long journeys to exotic, bucket-list locations. Many of these adventures are only available to President's Circle members. You can upgrade your membership at any time to access these and other President's Circle opportunities.

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You'll receive invitations to numerous Associates events and travel opportunities annually that feature thought-provoking speakers and topics. Reflecting upon our members' busy schedules, diverse events include lunch and dinner programs, behind-the-scenes tours of private labs and clean rooms, and much more. Also on the agenda: conversations and panel discussions on Institute innovations—from the future of driverless cars to early cancer detection, to quantum computing, to various aspects of artificial intelligence, and so much more!


Join our dynamic social and intellectual community! With more than 1,700 members, the Caltech Associates program—produced on campus and in four regions across the country—fosters friendships and a dynamic sense of community among those who are life-long learners. All regional programs are open to all Associates.


Be among the first to hear Caltech's breaking news. VIP seating is reserved for Associates at press conferences, Nobel Prize announcements, and special lectures whenever possible.


Your membership dollars directly benefit faculty, students, and researchers. Many members choose to deepen their involvement at Caltech, fueling research they are passionate about. Your tax-deductible membership dollars support the future of science, engineering and technology at one of the highest-ranking higher education institutions in the world.

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Enjoy full access to such join campus resources such as the Braun Athletic Center, and Caltech's historic private club, the Athenaeum. Special reserved seating is also offered to Associates at a wide range of campus programs, including the renowned Watson Lecture Series. You can also access discounted tickets for Caltech Live!, a performing arts program and unique speaker series often accessible via webinars you can experience from the comfort of your own home.

Caltech is changing the world. Join the Associates—and empower discovery without limits.

My curiosity and love of science led me to Caltech. The Associates is a wonderful gateway into the Institute and provides an opportunity to meet and develop relationships with a great group of people with different backgrounds, both Associates members and faculty.

Cathleen A. Godzik
Associates President 2005–2006