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Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals deadline for the second Learn by Doing at Cal Poly campus conference is September 18, 2017. Click here for proposal submission guidelines.

In partnership with Kennedy Library, the second More than a Motto: Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Conference is an opportunity for the university to come together to showcase and celebrate our unique institutional identity. All current Cal Poly faculty and staff, individually or in teams, as well as students working with a faculty/staff mentor are invited to submit conference presentation proposals.

Centered on illustrative examples of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing approach in enhancing both academic and campus life, the conference will include a poster gallery session and 50-minute oral presentations. Proposals should fit into one of the following three categories:

Active Learning in the Classroom or a Campus Setting

Learn by Doing through course or program design, including: Learn by Doing through course or program design (e.g., classroom activities, major or auxiliary projects, service learning projects or programs, cross-disciplinary experiences, work study, etc.)

  • Classroom activities
  • Major assignments/projects
  • Auxiliary assignments/projects
  • Service learning projects or programs
  • Cross-disciplinary experiences
  • Work study

Student Engagement in Research

Learn by Doing through active undergraduate or graduate student involvement in the research process (applied or theoretical) and engagement through dissemination, including:

  • Publications
  • Conference presentations
  • Other professional development opportunities

Interactions in the Field 

Learn by Doing through programs focused on student development, leadership, and engagement outside the classroom setting, including but not limited to:

  • Field work
  • Enterprise or entrepreneurial projects
  • Internships or co-ops
  • Industry partnerships and/or projects
  • Studies abroad
  • Volunteer work

Proposals that incorporate diversity and inclusivity, global perspectives, and/or sustainability are encouraged.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipients. 

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Purchase the Book

Get your copy of the special edition More than a Motto book that celebrates Cal Poly's unique institutional identity today! Copies are available for purchase at Cal Poly University Store and Cal Poly Downtown. Online sales will be available soon.  

Upcoming Events

September 18, 2017
Conference Proposals
submission deadline

November 3, 2017
Learn by Doing at Cal Poly
campuswide conference during 
Homecoming Weekend!


Call for Proposals

The inaugural campus conference was a big success!

The campus community is invited to contribute to Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing lasting legacy by submitting a proposal for the 2017 Conference.

Submit your proposal for the fall conference today!