Membership in IQIM is through affiliation with an IQIM faculty member or research group participating in IQIM. IQIM is not a separate department; all members of IQIM are also members of the Physics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, or other associated department. The path to join IQIM is first to join the institute in the appropriate category:
- Postdoctoral Scholars apply through specific calls (such as IQIM Postdoctoral Scholar, Burke Fellows) or directly with Caltech faculty members.
- Graduate students are admitted by Caltech department: Physics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, etc.
- Undergraduate students affiliate through acceptance to Caltech, and then by association with an IQIM faculty member. Participation can be through undergraduate research fellowships (SURF), or involvement in outreach activities such as Physics Club or InnoWorks.
Several key roles in the IQIM outreach efforts include graduate students; they have led qcraft (the quantum application of the online game MineCraft) demonstrations and collaborative games, and have taken on the role of guest curator for the IQIM twitter account.
Postdoctoral Scholars are often key mentors to graduate students and to undergraduates participating in the SURF program.