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College of Science and Mathematics

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Greetings from Dean Bailey

Phil Bailey

The College of Science & Mathematics will be buzzing this summer with a record number of students doing research. In total, 150 students will work with faculty mentors, learning what it means to do science or mathematics in a real-world setting.

Read more from Dean Bailey

College and University News

Cal Poly Places in Top Seven Percent Nationwide at Prestigious Math Competition

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Results were released for the 2013 Putnam Math Competition, and Cal Poly placed an impressive 36th out of 557 schools participating. This is Cal Poly's second top 50 finish in three years on the notoriously difficult annual exam taken by undergraduates.

Read more about Cal Poly's success at the Putnam competition

Cal Poly Ranked No. 7 for Return on Investment among Public Universities Nationwide

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Cal Poly ranked No. 7 among the nation’s public universities and No. 33 among all universities for return on tuition investment, according to a new listing from

Faculty Notes

College of Science & Mathematics faculty have been publishing their research on the mating behavior of fish, smectic liquid crystals, and gender creative youth, among other things, not to mention making videos and winning awards.

Read more about faculty accomplishments

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Smiling graduates in cap and gownMore than 600 students from the College of Science & Mathematics are eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in Spanos Stadium. Commencement lasts just under two hours and is followed by the college's post-commencement ceremony in the Recreation Center and reception on the Science East lawn and patio area between the Baker Center, Building 180, and Science Building 52. Students from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences will also graduate on Saturday. The College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Orfalea College of Business, and College of Engineering ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. June 15.

Read more about Commencement

Real-World Research

Cal Poly-UCSB Study Proposes Closing the High Seas to Fishing

map of the world's oceans

It's not every day you get to please economists and conservationists, but Cal Poly Biology Professor Crow White and his colleague Christopher Costello, a professor at UC Santa Barbara, might have done just that.

Read more on the Cal Poly-UCSB study

$67,000 NIH Award is First of its Kind for Cal Poly

Adrian Mercado

Cal Poly kinesiology major Adrian Mercado received a $67,000 Diversity Supplement Award from the National Institutes of Health. Mercado, a sophomore, is Cal Poly's first recipient of this award.

Read more about Adrian Mercado and his study

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In the Community

Kinesiology Students Produce Video for Sierra Vista Medical Center

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There's more than one way to improve health care, and three kinesiology students have taken a different approach: video. The students created an educational video for patients at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

Read more about the collaboration with Sierra Vista Medical Center and watch the video

Liberal Studies Majors Connect Kids with Books

Cal Poly students holding children's books and art projectsOver 150 second-graders took home their own copy of a popular children's book thanks to Cal Poly's chapter of the Student California Teachers Association (SCTA) and a $1,000 National Education Association CLASS grant. The grant funded a book donation and reading program in high needs elementary schools and read-alouds at the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum.

Read more about the SCTA programs

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Today's Students

Biology Student Wins National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship

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Cal Poly biological sciences senior George Brusch was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowship, which will fund three years of his doctoral work at Arizona State University beginning in fall 2014. The fellowship program supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Read more about George Brusch

Cal Poly Earns Top Awards at Statewide Research Competition

Student winners holding certificatesFour Cal Poly projects placed first and one earned a second-place award at the 28th annual California State University Student Research Competition. The winners included four students from the College of Science & Mathematics.

Seniors Honored at College Awards Banquet

Student at podium speakingTop seniors in the college and in each department were honored at the annual College of Science & Mathematics awards banquet at the Madonna Inn in May. Dean Phil Bailey also recognized the college clubs for their contributions.

Read more about the award recipients

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Alumni News

Career Services Seeks Alumni Career Profiles to Help Current Students

Cal Poly Career Services is collecting alumni profiles from working professionals to help current students explore possible career paths. The profiles will be posted on Career Services' website. If you'd like to share your story with current bio sci students, you can fill out the interview form online.

View career interviews from other alumni

Alumni Association Adds Black Alumni Chapter

Members of the Black Alumni ChapterNew to the growing list of Affinity Chapters within the Cal Poly Alumni Association, the Cal Poly Black Alumni Chapter is active and seeking new members. The goals of this chapter include assisting in the recruitment of Black students, faculty and staff, and providing and organizing occasions for members to meet for educational, professional and social purposes.

Join the Cal Poly Black Alumni Chapter


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