This summer, five Skyline College students participated in Base 11’s fellowship program. They did research at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions — and got paid for it!

Alex Hercules spent the summer at the University of California, Irvine, working with a small team to design and build a working drone in the Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy.

Meanwhile Alina Rai and Daniel Powers were at Caltech, living on campus and working with graduate students in aerospace. They were among just a handful of community college students admitted to Caltech’s summer research program alongside undergraduates from schools like MIT and Yale.

Across the country, in Washington, D.C., Bryan Num and Robert O’Leary were at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, working with engineers to help restore historic aircraft.

All of these Skyline College students had life-changing experiences that help solidify their path to success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Meet Skyline College’s 2016 Base 11 Fellows:

Alex Hercules, Base 11 FellowAlex Hercules


“It definitely changes you…. I learned a lot about myself and how I work in a group, and how I work with a team.


Watch this video of Alex and the other Base 11 Fellows at UCI.

Alina RaiAlina Rai, Base 11 Fellow


“I’ve never been this independent before…. Here at Caltech, I’m given that opportunity to think, process, and progress on my own. I’ve felt more empowered as a woman in a STEM field….”

Read Alina’s advice to other young women in STEM.

DanielDaniel Powers, Base 11 Fellow Powers


“[My parents] are happy that I’m applying myself to accomplishing something important that I find personally rewarding. “


Bryan NumBryan Num, Base 11 Fellow


“I’ve been exposed to an actual working environment, outside of a classroom. Something you can’t get from schooling.

Watch this video of Bryan and Robert at the Smithsonian.

Robert O’LearyRobert O'Leary, Base 11 Fellow

“Bryan and I came here not knowing a thing about engines, and based off this assignment, learned a lot and developed a tremendous amount as engineers.”


Current community college students can apply now for Base 11’s experiences on university campuses.