Intersections - The COSAM Magazine - Fall 2015
FROM THE DEAN
We’ve highlighted student research in this issue because it’s at the heart of what we do in Cal Poly’s College of Science & Mathematics. Learn by Doing isn’t just our motto; it’s a way of approaching the world, a way you — our alumni, donors and friends — embody every day.
In a world that’s changing as rapidly as ours, students need strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. That’s what science and mathematics have always taught, and there’s no better way to learn those skills than by pursuing real-world research with a faculty mentor.
Working on a research project, students apply the knowledge they’ve learned in class in a new environment. They get the chance to fail, learn from that failure, and innovate solutions. Nothing builds confidence like overcoming challenges. Nothing increases communication skills and helps students see themselves as scientists and mathematicians like publishing peer-reviewed papers and presenting at professional conferences.
We need to give more students the opportunity to pursue research — and not just during the summer. That’s why we’re excited to announce a collaboration with the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences on a new research and teaching building.
The building’s science and mathematics facilities will include 15,000 square feet of labs and collaboration space dedicated to research. This additional space will greatly increase the number of students who have access to the college’s excellent undergraduate research program. Please take a look at the information on p. 8 and consider a contribution to the building. Your donation will have a major impact on the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, medical professionals, educators and industry leaders.
You are vital partners in all we do here at Cal Poly, and we greatly appreciate your support.
PHIL BAILEY, DEAN
College of Science & Mathematics
EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, DISCOVER
Students immersed in hands-on research with faculty members gain real-world experience.
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Biology major Brandon Rowley meets Jasmine the tiger.
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Mike Abbott talks about what Cal Poly biochemistry has to do with being a vice president at Twitter and a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufiels & Byers.
EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE AND UTTERLY AMAZING
Liberal studies alumna Trisha Huynh shares her experiences in Malaysia as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in 2015.