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 2022

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Deep Ocean Vehicle (DOV) Scientific Payload, Nikki Arm, Mason Gariepy, Brianna Roberts, and Kyle Walsh

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Utilizing AI to Share the Research and History of Swanton Pacific Ranch, Evangeline Barruel, Norman Chang, Edik Chekhanovsky, Lolia McCoy, and Melissa Wesolowski

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Air Wear—Portable Oxygen Aid Device, Deepthi Ravuru, Ani Svadjian, and Ada Tadeo

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Development of Polyethylenimine-Modified γ−Cyclodextrin Metal Organic Frameworks for Enhanced Post-Combustion CO2 Capture, Corinne Watson

Awarded Projects from 2020

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Sensor Systems For Combustion Control, Aodhan Arias, Joshua Wong, and Joeny Zhen

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Biofilm remediation by extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) modification, Matthew Borglin

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Barriers in transition to contract-grazing by established sheep and goat producers, Erin Campbell-Craven

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Flight Test Instrumentation for Drag Measurement Using IoT Devices, Bennett Diamond, Wyll Soll, William Busby, Danny Maas, Adam Waldemarson, William Bergman, Austin Conrad, and Zachary Yamauchi

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Assessing alpine plant response to 30 years of climate shifts in the Sierra Nevada, Charles Gibbons, Karen Bach, Kieran Althaus, and Dena Paolilli

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Next Generation Diagnostic Devices: 3D-Printing on Paper, Aditya R. Jangid, E Brandon Strong, Oscar Mercado, Jonah Holbrook, and Jacqueline Chuang

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Development of a Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) for the Rapid and Cost-Effective Diagnosis of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Fistulae, Megan Mitchell, Brandon Strong, and Emily Christensen

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Unveiling mechanisms of regeneration in a tunicate model using genome and transcriptome sequencing, Jack Sumner, Jenna Landy, and Charlie Liou

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Understanding the Persistence of Polymorphism in Girardinus metallicus., Samantha West

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Investigating the mechanisms of tunable camouflage through emerging biotechnologies to produce previously intractable squid proteins, Logan Williams, Jason Lorenz, Alissa Mullin, and Quinn Reilly

Awarded Projects from 2019

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Strawberries and Gut Health, Mia Abram, Karli McCarthy, Margaux Greb, Hannah Sanders, and Morgan MacNiell

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Project Mobius - A novel solar aircraft for long duration flight, Lexy Aguirre, Luke Bughman, Trey Chambers, Patrick Chizek, Samuel Chung, Hans Kehney, Dani Lopez, Claire Luce, Paul Vankeppel, and Angela Wong

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UAV Wildlife Tracking, Kevin Bender, Tyler Couvrette, Nicolas Cucinella, Katie White, Sarah Bartak, Christopher Boone, and Olivia Lockhart

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Effects of a behavioral weight loss intervention on reducing bisphenol exposure in women with overweight and obesity, Hannah Brunner-Gaydos, Shelby Thomas, Madison Hibbs, and Lily Medrano

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Can oral contraceptives increase antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli?, Allison Helene Clatch and Leah Van Otterloo

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Impact of Probiotics on Gastrointestinal Pathogenic Growth and Host Tight Junction Integrity, Rachel Cohen

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Engineering Injectable, Self-Assembling 3D Vasculature, Kendyl Cohn

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Adjustable Seating Systems, Zachary Dworaczyk, Jasper Lewin, Grace Timken, and Eric Voss

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Unbreakable Black Holes Show the Solidity of Spacetime, Laura Fleischman

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Does the acorn barnacle Balanus glandula exhibit predictable gradients in metabolic performance across the intertidal zone?, Kali Horn