Jan 16, 2023
All current undergraduate and graduate students and alums who graduated in 2022 are invited to enter the 2023 CSU Student Research Competition. Enter by F 1/20/23.
Oct 11, 2022
Please join us on Friday 10/14 from 2-4pm for the 2022 SURP+ Symposium at Engineering Plaza. Learn More.
Jun 13, 2022
The Office of Student Research and the CSU-LSAMP Program at Cal Poly – in partnership with Research Integrity & Compliance – are delighted to share the schedule for the Summer 2022 Campus-Wide Student Researcher Workshops series. ❤
Workshops are Tuesday and Thursday 11:10am to 12pm from T 6/21 to Th 8/18. Workshops are Zoom-only from 6/21 to 6/30 and hybrid from 7/5 to 8/18. (If joining by Zoom, participants will be required to sign-in to their Cal Poly or other Zoom account.)
Open to all disciplines, the workshops are for current and future student researchers and their mentors. All members of the campus community are welcome to join at any time throughout the series.
Check out the calendar at https://tinyurl.com/2022-CPSLO-StudentResearcher.
Stay up-to-date by checking the calendar regularly and following the Office of Student Research on Instagram @calpolystudentresearch.
Have a question? Please email studentresearch-at-calpoly.edu and cc jlehr-at-calpoly.edu.
- Students enrolled in the zero-credit, zero-cost UNIV 421: Summer Undergraduate Research Experience course are in the loop!
- Can’t register for the course? Please let us know if you would like to be added to the UNIV 421 canvas site.
- Reminder: All continuing students supported in Summer 2022 by a student researcher fellowship financial award (or stipend) that is processed via Financial Aid (e.g., Frost or College-based SURP) must enroll in this zero-cost, zero-credit course. Other students active in Summer 2022 student research are welcome to enroll.
- Hosting or know about an event open to the campus community (at Cal Poly or elsewhere) that should be added to the calendar? Please let us know!
- Faculty & staff: If you are requiring that students participate in one or more of these workshops as part of their summer research experience, please know that we will be asking participants to sign in at the start of each workshop and can coordinate with you at your request.
Jun 13, 2022
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Four Cal Poly students were awarded first- or second-place prizes at the 2022 California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. Cal Poly, Fullerton and Sacramento State were the most recognized universities in the competition, with four awardees each.
“Our students were phenomenal representatives of Cal Poly at the competition, and I am thrilled they have been recognized at the CSU level for the quality of their work,” said Jane Lehr, director of the Office of Student Research at Cal Poly. “This event is an amazing opportunity for our students to share their work and show what makes research at Cal Poly such a great experience.”
Students from across the CSU competed in 10 divisions in the following categories: Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration; Biological and Agricultural Sciences; Business, Economics and Hospitality Management; Creative Arts and Design; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences; Humanities and Letters; Physical and Mathematical Sciences; and Interdisciplinary.
“It was really humbling to present my project alongside so many other talented students and learn from their projects as well,” said Tanvi Gehani, a fourth-year Cal Poly biomedical engineering major from New Jersey. “Having spent the past three years working in Dr. Maj’s lab and having to switch to a completely remote setting during the pandemic, it felt incredibly rewarding to still be able to present significant and relevant findings.”
Gehani won first place in the Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences undergraduate category. “I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to support such an impactful project, given the increasing global threat that metabolic syndrome, due to the Western diet, poses to society,” she said. “I believe that this experience will play a great role in my ambition to pursue my Ph.D. and to eventually lead to cutting-edge research initiatives within the biomedical industry.”
San Francisco State University hosted the 36th annual competition. Students presented their work through a prerecorded video and participated in a live virtual Q&A with a jury and an audience. They competed by discipline category and, where feasible, as an undergraduate or graduate student. First-place finishers were awarded a $500 prize and second-place finishers were awarded $250.
The four Cal Poly projects awarded are:
First Place in Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences — Undergraduate Category: Tanvi Gehani (Biomedical Engineering), Effect of Coconut Oil Intake in a Pig Model of Pediatric Non‐Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Advisor: Magdalena Maj (Biological Sciences Department)
Second Place in Education — Graduate Category: Jacob Campbell (Higher Education Counseling in Student Affairs Graduate Program), Defining Mixed‐Race College Students: Examining Graduation Gaps Between Multiracial and Monoracial Undergraduates
Advisor: Sonia Ramrakhiani (School of Education)
Second Place in Behavioral, Social Sciences and Public Administration — Graduate Category: Isaac Ho (Food Science Blended Master’s Program), Use of Preference Analysis to Identify Early Adopter Mind‐Sets of Insect‐based Food Products
Advisor: Amy Lammert (Food Science and Nutrition Department)
Second Place in Biological and Agricultural Sciences — Graduate Category: Savannah Weaver (Biological Sciences Graduate Program), Additive Effects of Humidity and Temperature on Acclimation in a Lizard
Advisor: Emily Taylor (Biological Sciences Department)
Cal Poly was also represented at the 2022 CSU Student Research Competition by Jack Alexander (Biological Sciences), Kimiko Casuga (Food Science Graduate Program), Hannah Heath (Nutrition), Ariadne Kaylor (Psychology), Trevor Kirkby (Computer Science Graduate Program), Jack Koster (Agriculture Master’s Program, Crop Science Specialization), Mary McCafferty (Mathematics), Chloe McGovern (Food Science, ‘21) and Patrick Perrine (Computer Science Graduate Program).
Contact: Keegan Koberl
May 19, 2022 - Original Press Release posted here
NSF GRFP - Cal Poly Students Studying Effects of Climate Change Earn Prestigious Research Fellowships
May 4, 2022
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly graduate students in the biological sciences program were awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships to support their ongoing research on responses to environmental changes to plants and animals in California.
Annie Meeder, a first-year graduate student from Paso Robles, with the support of her faculty advisor, Jenn Yost of the Biological Sciences Department, is studying dynamics of Santa Cruz Island vegetation communities and how these communities have changed in response to certain historical disturbances.
Meeder plans to continue researching in this field and to pursue a doctorate on island vegetation communities and their response to historical, current, and future disturbances. She hopes her research can be used as a model for assessing vegetation dynamics and management strategies in both island systems and mainland areas where vegetation has undergone alteration from overgrazing — and that work can be used to help predict island vegetation response to climate change.
“My first exposure to ecology and science was in high school on a trip to Santa Cruz Island doing volunteer research,” Meeder said. “I now help lead those trips and mentor high schoolers. As a researcher on Santa Cruz Island, I have had an incredible opportunity with Dr. Yost to just collect awesome data, do meaningful work, and give Cal Poly students and faculty alike an incredible research experience.”
Savannah Weaver, a second-year graduate student from San José, plans to continue to study the water balance of reptiles, specifically how water requirements and water-conserving adaptations vary over time and among species and different habitats.
“As the climate crisis continues and drought and heatwaves become more frequent and intense, understanding the water requirements of reptiles, and all animals, will be essential for conservation management,” she said.
Weaver has studied the abundant Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) under the mentorship of Emily Taylor, professor in the Biological Science Department. Weaver hopes to study other lizards and snakes in her doctoral program.
“I've always loved nature, and I’ve become increasingly passionate about the conservation of wildlife and wild landscapes,” Weaver said. “When I started graduate school with Dr. Taylor, I realized that very little was known about reptile water balance, despite its importance. I read everything I could about it and was immediately hooked, because there was so much information that I felt was missing and that I could try to figure out.”
Two Cal Poly alumni, Gabriel Medina-Kim (Computer Science, ’20) and Nicole Siguenza (Biochemistry and Microbiology, '20) were also awarded fellowships. Medina-Kim is in the second year of the doctoral program in science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He was previously selected for the CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, a program to support the development of future faculty and support doctoral education. Siguenza is in her second year at UC San Diego, pursuing a doctorate in biomedical sciences.
“I am thrilled to see our students and alumni be recognized for their outstanding work in their fields and receive support from the NSF to continue that work,” said Bob Crockett, Cal Poly’s administrator in charge of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education. “These students are tremendous examples of what can be done at Cal Poly when our students and faculty can collaborate.”
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.
Fellowships provide students with a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, as well as access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students.
Both photos courtesy Cal Poly
April 27, 2022
Contact: Keegan Koberl
See original news release here.
Apr 26, 2022
The Office of Student Research is excited to announce that applications are now open for up to five Summer 2022 Student Research Fellowships.
OSR Student Research Fellowships are open to students in all disciplines and are undocufriendly. Students must qualify for need-based financial aid.
Summer 2022 Fellows will receive a $3,500 stipend to support their professional development and training via a hands-on research experience mentored by a Cal Poly faculty member.
Apr 22, 2022
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Ten student research projects from Cal Poly have been selected to represent the university at the annual California State University (CSU) systemwide competition April 29-30.
Apr 6, 2022
All members of the Cal Poly community are invited to participate in the 2022 Cal Poly Undergraduate Research Week (M 4/18 to F 4/22). These events are part of a national celebration of undergraduate research organized each year by the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Feb 22, 2022
2022 CSU Research Competition
On F 3/4 & Sat 3/5, Cal Poly is hosting an internal competition to select the 10 projects that will represent Cal Poly at the virtual CSU Research Competition on F 4/29 & Sat 4/30. Over 40 projects will be presented by Cal Poly undergraduate students, graduate students and recent alums from across the colleges. Presentations will showcase so much awesome student research, scholarship, and creative activity!
Advisors and supporters are welcome for all or part of the competition!
Dec 8, 2021
The 2022 CSU Research Competition is Now Open!
Submissions due T 1/18/22 at 11:59pm CA time.