The purpose of the Baker and Koob Endowments is to support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for individual students and groups at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Because of their similar purpose, distributions of the two endowments will be pooled and used to fund multiple student projects via a competitive process that utilizes a single application. Fundable projects include, but are not limited to, student support, student and faculty travel, student and faculty expenses associated with participation in student research, group projects, conferences, competitions, and equipment and materials related to student research. The use of funds is not restricted to a specific major or college, but rather is intended to support multi-disciplinary, cross-college collaborative Learn by Doing activities. In addition, the Koob Endowment seeks to support students with financial need.

For more information, please visit http://provost.calpoly.edu/endowments.

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Awarded Projects from 2016

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Effects of Oral Ingestion of Bisphenol A on Type 2 Diabetes Risk Markers II. Project, Alyssa Bird and Dana Williams

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The effect of hormones and hormonal contraceptives on the antibiotic resistance of Escherichia coli, Chase Bowen and Rianna Flores

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Food Sustainability at Cal Poly: Comparative Analysis Between Global and Local Distribution of Produce Items, Ariana Brandao, Elizabeth Jacobs, Olivia Surnow, and Stacy Olsen

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T6SS Expression of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Intraspecific Competition, Alex Campbell

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Improving Signal Gain for Radio Neutrino Receivers, Alexandra Crawford

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Influence of Nanosilver Surface Charge on Cytotoxic Efficacy against Cancer Cells, Elliot Frey

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Operation Nutrition: Assessment of California National Guard On Their Mission Toward Better Health, Nick Gusto

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Effects of Food Consumption on Neurogenesis in juvenile Python Regius, Stacey Habroun

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Malolactic Fermentation Sensor Development Project, Timothy Holst and Braden Bautista

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Investigating the Mechanism by which Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) Facilitate the Invasion of an Exotic Fouling Bryozoan, Maggie Jenkins

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Soil-powered wireless soil moisture sensor, Antonio Jimenez, David Ashton, and Michael Burlingame

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Effects of tick parasitism on aggressive behavior in male western fence lizards: geographic differences in self-assessment capacity, Dylan M. Lanser

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Factors influencing hindgut fermentation characteristics of the leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis): Survey of the microbiome, Breanna P. Modica

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The Manifestation of Implicit Biases upon Attending a Non-Racially Diverse University, Maddison Montana and Michael Kramer

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Roborodentia 2016 - Autonomous Omnidirectional Ring Moving Robot, Matthew Ng, Darus Holmgren, and Mytch Johnson

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Solar Electric Stove Field Research in Uganda California Polytechnic State University, Christopher O'Day, Madison Fleming, Omar Arriaga, and Ian Stone

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Towards Radio Frequency Detection of High-Energy Neutrinos and Cosmic Rays, Caroline Paciaroni

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Quantifying reproductive output of marine benthic species Kelletia kelletii surrounding the 2016 El Nino event, Justin Palmer

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Experimental Building Demonstration Model with Viscous Dampers, Blake Thomas Reeve, Brianna Kufa, Aden Malek Stepanians, and Sophie Ratkovich

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Development of an Automatous Ground Robot for Strawberry Yield Monitoring, Charlie Ross and Shane Thulin

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Army/National Guard Sport Nutrition Project: Dietary Assessments and Nutrition Education, Sofia Sanchez Porush and Selena Sharpless

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Marine Virus Isolation for Use in Phage Templating of Nanoparticles, Pranav Santan, Morgan Smith-Boeck, and Siddharth Prabhu

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Testing of the Impact Diffusing Football Helmet, Michael Schuster and Steven Warnert

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A “Big Data” approach to measurement for real-world, real-time automotive aerodynamics, Daniel Stalters, Andrew Furmidge, and Jacob Rickman

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Point-of-Care Diagnostic Device for the Quantitative Analysis of Human Estradiol at Low-Picomolar Concentrations, E Brandon Strong, Brittany A. Lore, and Zachary B. Hoffman

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Current Solutions, Elan Timmons, Maxwell Fong, Madison Weiss, and Hannah Joslin

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Understanding the transition from dispersive larva to benthic adult: A study of the environmental factors that impact Kelletia kelletii larval settlement, Megan Wilson

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Automated Avocado Yield Forecasting Using Multi-Modal Imaging, Michael Woodson and Charlie Ross

Awarded Projects from 2015

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The Garden Project, Jillian Broeckel-Bleher, Ellie Gertler, and Georgia O'Farrell

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Eating on Campus: Assessing the Nutrition Environment for Students, Kelsey DeGreef, Madison Fishler, Rachel Gipson, Kelly Koyano, and Jansen Lei

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Tesseract CubeSat Bus with Deployable Solar Panels, Vanessa Faune, Jeff Weaver, Chad Taylor, Eric Baumgarten, Noah Weitz, Alex Saunders, and Oliver Woolsoncroft

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Religious History in California: Los Angeles' Pluralistic Past, Amy Hart

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PolyPonics-- Living Lab, Alex Hill, Dylan Robertson, Erik Hoffnagle, and Erik Pinuelas

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High Density Inverter for Little Box Google Challenge, Vatssalya Karanam, Niels Smidth, and Evan Manrique

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Comparative Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems across multiple environments, Wesly McGuire and Adam Poffenbarger

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Application of Pyroprinting for Source Tracking of E. coli in Pennington Creek, Charles Moritz, Dillon Shapiro, and Christopher Pann

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Feasibility of UAV Technology to Promote Crop Yield and Health through Normalized Difference Vegetation Index Imaging, Derek Myers and Charlie Ross

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Sustain SLO Undergraduate Narrative Research: Reenergizing Learning, Rachel Pittman, Philip Hatcher, Elise Candelaria, and Jada Golland

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Starbucks Line Monitoring, Michael Roberts and George Gargov

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Poly Canyon Bridge House- Damage Detection Using Forced Vibration Testing, William Rosenblatt, Joshua Raney, and Alec Zavala

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Application of Polymer Bound Boronjc Add for Glucose Detection in Printed Microfluidics Devices, Spencer Schultz

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On the Dynamics of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, the!Immune Response, and Multiple Drugs, John Shamshoian, David Kato, and Caleb Miller

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Symposium, Wilson Shao, Jordan Lim, and Melissa Nunez

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Randomized controlled intervention to reduce Bisphenol A exposure in women, Allison Smouse and Mikaela Streeter

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Smartphone-Based Intervention to Support Cal Poly Ethnic Minority Students and Psychophysiological Validation Project, Carol Wang, Lindsay Szabo, and Luis Cuellar

Awarded Projects from 2014

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EWB Malawi Human- Powered Mechanical Maize Mill, Spencer Jemes, Jennifer Tuttle, and Sydney Poyd

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Encosi Africa 2014 Service Learning Design Build Internship, Rachel Pittman, Jocelyn De Leon, Rudy Perez, Annie Potter, Chad Evans, and Camille Cherry

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Nem-O's “A Healthy Snack for Kids, a Success for Cal Poly”, Alison Shapira, Katie Lanfranki, Alexandra Carpenter, Christina Neumayr, and Matthew Medlin