The Visiting Student Researcher (VSR) status is intended for non-Caltech graduate students to participate in a short-term research opportunity at the invitation of a Caltech faculty member. This status is limited to visits of no less than one month to no more than one year, with no extensions. A VSR is not eligible to receive academic credit, cannot be paid a stipend through Caltech's payroll, is not benefit-eligible, and does not have an official "academic" standing at Caltech. VSR's may, however, be reimbursed for research-related expenses. Examples of research-related expenses include travel and equipment, but not lodging, meals, per-diem or other expenses related to the cost of living in Pasadena.
VSR's are expected to adhere to Caltech's vaccination and booster policy and will be asked to provide proof of insurance for the duration of the visit. VSR's are also subject to all Institute policies, including the Institute Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. Violations of policy may affect a student's eligibility to continue as a visitor at Caltech.