The Student Investment Fund
at the California Institute of Technology
Each year, SIF takes application from Caltech-affiliated clubs and organizations for funding requests. We require that these requests are for one-time capital expenditures and do not reflect the year-to-year operation of the club. Depending on the volume of applications received, 2-5% of the portfolio is taken out and returned to the Caltech community. While this decreases the returns of our fund, we feel as though this is keeping with the intentions of the original founders of the club. Aside from this, no other payouts are withdrawn from the portfolio so we may compound our working capital over time.
Applications are released around April, and decisions are made by the board at the beginning of June. The application for cap-ex funding, with details on what we are likely to approve, can be found here. Do not hesitate to email us for clarification on the types of projects we fund.
Funded Projects 2014
Equipment for tournaments.
Ballet bars for the gym.
Recreational and hiking equipment.
Permanent songbooks and a piano keyboard.
Partial funding of a new piano for the music house.
Tumbling mats and speaker system.
Assorted glassware and safety equipment.
Chronograph to monitor modification speeds for safety.
Camera, lens, and accesories.
Laptop computers and cases for use in outreach activities.
A refrigerator for public use.
Funded Projects 2013
Funds to purchase LEGO Mindstorm kits for summer camps.
Materials for neuroscience outreach program.
Thermal book binder for resume books.
Storage shed to safely store equipment.
Brewing equipment and instructional books (no alcohol).
Funded Projects 2012
HD Camcorder for taping concerts.
Racket restringing machine and bulk badminton racket string.
Wireless microphone system and various entrepreneurship books.
Two Mahjong sets and Chinese egg waffle iron.
General captital to purchase and develop curriculum materials.
One kayak and its associated safety gear.
Two LEGO robotics kits for instructional purposes.
Canon 16-35mm wide-angle lens and backdrop stand.
Set of six instructional DVDs.