Pride Month Events at CPP 2024

Cal Poly Pomona is celebrating Pride Month with multiple events on campus throughout April and May. While officially recognized in June, CPP is getting a jumpstart on the festivities to include students who are on campus during the spring semester.

Pride Month was first recognized in 1999 when President Bill Clinton proclaimed the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots every June in America as "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month." In 2011, President Barack Obama expanded the recognition of Pride Month to

Dream Big: Q&A with CSU Student Trustee Diana Aguilar-Cruz | PolyCentric

Diana Aguilar-Cruz is not slowing down anytime soon!

After nearly a year of serving as a CSU Student Trustee, Aguilar-Cruz is getting ready to walk — and speak — at the College of Science commencement ceremonies. She will walk away from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in biology and a plethora of polytechnic experiences, including student leadership roles in Associated Student Inc., the Mexican American Student Association, CPP Pre-Medical Student Association, and the CSU Board of Trustees.


Veterans Resource Center Celebrates a Decade of Student Success | PolyCentric

This Veteran’s Day, we honor our Cal Poly Pomona student and alumni veterans by reflecting on the impact of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) over the last ten years.

Established in 2012, the VRC commemorated its 10th anniversary in October, celebrating a decade of supporting the personal and academic success of CPP’s military affiliated students.

“A lot of us feel like we’re by ourselves when we go to school, and once we come to the VRC, it helps us feel like we belong,” said Jovan Santos, s

W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center Open for Visitors | PolyCentric

The W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center on the Cal Poly Pomona campus is once again open to the public.

After closing periodically during the COVID-19 pandemic, the home of the longest continuous Arabian horse breeding program in the United States opened for visitors in April of 2022.

The community is invited to take self-guided tours weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Parking is free for visitors in front of the center along Eucalyptus Lane. Visitors must sign in at the main office and review

Hatchery Team Uproots Data on Local Farming Practices | PolyCentric (edited)

Cal Poly Pomona students are using their information-gathering skillset to provide valuable feedback and statistics related to organic produce to the Pomona Valley community.

These students make up Team D.I.R.T, a team that is a part of the Learn Through Discovery (LTD) Projects Hatchery. Guided by their faculty mentors, they are analyzing soil samples to determine the quality of produce cultivated by local farmers in and around the area and returning this data to directly improve the quality o

OUR Research Profiles (edited)

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) creates profiles to foster an interconnected community of research, scholarly, and creative activities participants at Cal Poly Pomona. The goal of creating both the faculty and student profiles is to showcase the diverse selection of contributors in research within our campus. Research embodies the Cal Poly Pomona ideology of “Learning by Doing". Whether faculty mentors or student researchers, we aim to give more visibility to the extensive network of

Faculty and Staff Design Their Own PolyX at LTD Institute | PolyCentric (edited)

Faculty and staff had the opportunity to build their own Signature Polytechnic Experience (PolyX) and share it with their colleagues at a recent institute.

The Learn Through Discovery Initiative (LTD) hosted its 7th faculty and staff institute virtually on Jan. 19 and 20, with 28 Cal Poly Pomona staff and faculty in attendance.

Institutes are a chance for faculty and staff to learn about innovative pedagogies they can take back to the classroom. Historically, institute themes have varied durin

Students Eager to Make a Difference | PolyCentric (edited)

Over 500 first-year students engaged in a Signature Polytechnic Experience (PolyX) their very first semester at Cal Poly Pomona through the Learn Through Discovery (LTD) FYE Showcase.

Happening in person for the first time since 2019, the event gave participating students in the First Year Experience (FYE) program an opportunity to engage in a hands-on project by creating a research poster on a topic they care about. Half of the students presented in person at the University Library on Nov. 18,

Our PolyX Advantage | CPP Magazine

What does Cal Poly Pomona’s learn-by-doing philosophy mean to you? Cal Poly Pomona is introducing PolyX (Signature Polytechnic Experience) to formalize our academic philosophy and provide all students with opportunities to develop creative and innovative solutions to positively impact the world.

“PolyX is an expression of our inclusive polytechnic identity. One of Cal Poly Pomona’s unique value proposition is that students have multiple opportunities to obtain these signature experiences both i

2021 Scholar Recognition

The Scholar Recognition Magazine is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Learn Through Discovery (LTD) Initiative to recognize Signature Polytechnic Experiences (PolyX) at Cal Poly Pomona. The hallmark of a Cal Poly Pomona education is learn-by-doing. PolyX engages students in learning-by-doing through identifying and implementing solutions to real-world problems and opportunities. This digital magazine highlights students in the LTD Projects Hatchery, those

CPP’s Celebration of Research Includes Wide Range of Disciplines | PolyCentric

Cal Poly Pomona will celebrate research and creativity this spring as colleges and departments from across campus recognize students through the Celebration of Research, happening online from April 20 to May 13.

The third annual event is an effort lead by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to feature the creativity, discovery, and innovation of Cal Poly Pomona students from all majors and disciplines.

“We’re excited to continue showcasing the research and creativity that occurs across

Over 200 Students Present at Virtual Research Conference | PolyCentric

Over 200 Cal Poly Pomona students presented at the 9th Annual Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activities (RSCA) Conference this year, which was held virtually for the first time.

The March 6 conference, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), welcomed over 530 attendees made up of student presenters, families, faculty, staff, moderators, judges, volunteers, and alumni keynote speakers.

“The students and their faculty mentors went above and beyond in conducting research during a

Student Parents Present at RSCA | PolyCentric

Participants in the May 6 event included Dannielle Cabrera, a psychology student, Andrea Escobar Vara, who is studying business administration and Jessica Coronel, who’s major is biochemistry.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) asked each a few questions about being a student-parent and researcher during the pandemic.

What research did you present at RSCA?


My research is on student-parent transfer pathways. My goal is to highlight the resilience of the student-parent transfer

Kellogg Honors College Draws Over 400 to Virtual Showcase | PolyCentric

Since 2007, the Kellogg Honors College (KHC) has hosted their Showcase of Excellence, an annual event held at the start of spring semester each year to help recruit prospective students to Cal Poly Pomona and the program.

This year, the 14th annual event was held virtually February 19-20, welcoming nearly 300 potential freshmen and over 130 transfer students.

“The Showcase of Excellence brings together every academic college and all divisions at Cal Poly Pomona to recruit top students from acr

Students Tackle Social Issues at 2nd Annual Learn Through Discovery FYE Showcase | PolyCentric

First-year students took on social issues from gun violence to mental health awareness at the 2nd Annual Learn Through Discovery (LTD) First Year Experience (FYE) Showcase.

Over 250 faculty, staff, students, and guests attended the virtual on Dec. 1. The showcase gave the participating students the opportunity to present the Signature Polytechnic Experiences (PolyX) they completed in their FYE classes during their first semester at Cal Poly Pomona. During the two-part event, students presented

Students Recognized for Polytechnic Experiences in Digital Magazine | PolyCentric

Over 200 Cal Poly Pomona students from five programs are recognized in the first ever PolyX Showcase Magazine.

Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and Learn Through Discovery Initiative (LTD), this digital magazine celebrates students who have successfully completed Signature Polytechnic Experiences, called PolyX for short. Students involved in PolyX are learning by doing through implementing solutions to real world needs, almost always involving research.

The students reco

2020 PolyX Showcase

The PolyX Showcase is presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Learn Through Discovery (LTD) Initiative to recognize Signature Polytechnic Experiences (PolyX) at Cal Poly Pomona. Students involved in PolyX are learning-by-doing through implementing solutions to real-world needs. This digital magazine highlights students in the LTD Projects Hatchery, those receiving Research Distinction, among other programs. The magazine also celebrates faculty members who have gone above

Student Innovation Idea Labs Celebrate, Foster Creativity | PolyCentric

The Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL) hosted a series of events in March to celebrate their five years on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Overall, 274 members of the CPP community participated in workshops and events showcasing the SIIL’s three spaces: the iLab, Maker Studio, and Innovation Orchard. During the week, SIIL also introduced a new name and unveiled a new logo.

The SIIL celebrations spanned four days across the SIIL spaces and the Cal Poly Pomona campus. The first day began with an eve

400 Students Present on Campus at 8th Annual Research Conference | PolyCentric

The portrayal of Muslims in the media, ecotourism in Central America, and the risks of raw food diets were among the topics highlighted at the 8th Annual Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference (RSCA) at Cal Poly Pomona.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), the March 7 conference attracted more than 700 attendees, including over 400 student presenters, 76 alumni judges and moderators, and 225 faculty, staff, and members of the community who came to support the

iLab, ESTEAM to Commemorate Milestones with Celebration Week | PolyCentric

Some of the most creative spaces on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, the Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL), are celebrating five years of existence in 2020, which also marks the tenth year that the adjoining ESTEAM program has provided students firsthand entrepreneurial experience.

Olukemi Sawyerr, Assistant VP of Academic Innovation, and Winny Dong, Faculty Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, helped establish the ESTEAM program and the SIIL, which oversees the iLab Innovation Orchar

CPP Faculty Welcomed into Educators Program | PolyCentric

The second round of the Association of Colleges and University Educators (ACUE) program launched in January, with 31 Cal Poly Pomona faculty members from across the university taking part.

The ACUE “Course on Effective Teaching Practices” is a two-semester, structured online learning experience that takes faculty through 25 modules in five areas of teaching competencies. Each module provides multiple research-based, best-practice ideas that faculty can reflect on as a teaching community, applyi

CPP Faculty Recognized for Completion of ACUE Program | PolyCentric

Sixty Cal Poly Pomona faculty members learned an array of innovative, research-based teaching strategies to increase student engagement and achievement thanks to the first visit to CPP by the Association of Colleges and University Educators (ACUE) this year.

The course about effective teaching practices gave faculty from each of the eight colleges lessons from a two-semester, structured online learning experience.

Faculty tried new ideas and wrote short journal entries about their experiences,

Students Recognized at SCCUR Research Conference | PolyCentric

Two Cal Poly Pomona students received awards and over 100 presented at the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) on Nov. 23.

SCCUR is a one-day conference held each November at a college or university in the greater Los Angeles area intended to celebrate excellence in undergraduate achievement by providing a forum for the best research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduates in the region.

Sarah Caballero, a masters student in nutrition and food science,

From NASA Science to Poetry, Summer Research & Creativity Celebrated | PolyCentric

The summer research season culminated in the 5th annual Creative Activities and Research Symposium on Aug. 8, with more than 120 students presenting their work in oral presentations, at a poster session or in six creative performances.

Among the wide-ranging subjects were:
• Characterization of two novel bacterial species isolated from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Assembly
• Methane emissions in cattle-farming: methods to reduce California’s impact on global warming
• Designing the science fo
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