Students can study the history of the Earth’s crust in Greenland, smash sub-atomic particles in Switzerland, or adapt video games for paralyzed players in San Luis Obispo.
Working closely with faculty members, students participate in ongoing research projects that have a real impact in the world. Student contributions could change the way ocean ecosystems are managed or lead to the development of cost-effective biofuels.
Interaction with the Scientific Community
Cal Poly science and math students not only perform research but also communicate it to their peers and the scientific community by co-authoring academic papers and presenting at regional and national conferences. In addition, the college hosts a student research conference each spring.
Centers, Institutes and Research Programs
The college's centers and institutes provide a home for much of the research done in the college as well as a structure for interdisciplinary collaboration.
Center for Coastal Marine Sciences (CCMS)
CCMS promotes and facilitates basic and applied interdisciplinary studies of coastal marine systems for the purpose of addressing environmental concerns and fostering hands-on student learning through discovery and outreach.
Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME)
CESAME's mission is to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, teacher education and professional development, and the workforce pipeline in California with attention to diversity, inclusivity, and equity.CESAME leads the state in the development and implementation of model teacher education and professional development programs.
Center for Applications in Biotechnology (CAB)
The mission of the CAB (formerly the Environmental Biotechnology Institute) is to develop and applymolecular and biological tools to give students hands-on experience with problem-solving and research skills relevant to diverse industries.
Center for Health Research
The Center for Health Research's mission is to advance knowledge and practice in obesity prevention by conducting cutting edge research, fostering collaborative partnerships between faculty, students and community and providing real-life learning experiences to develop the next generation of leaders.
Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center (WCTC)
The Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center, part of the Center for Science and Mathematics, will expand efforts in industry-sponsored research by providing a place for creative students to learn and do important, real-world research with their faculty and industry mentors.