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Media and Communication Research Initiative at Cal Poly

Program Information

The Media and Communication Research Initiative at Cal Poly (MC-Cal Poly) is a program designed to provide financial support and encouragement for students who plan to present original class research projects at academic conferences. In this program, students will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor throughout the process of submitting a research paper and preparing a presentation at an academic conference. 

Program Benefits

Students who are accepted into MC-Cal Poly will receive the following unique benefits for participating in the program: 

  • Receive up to $1,000 in funding (per project) for destination conferences 
  • Receive coaching, support, and resources to help design a presentation
  • Share the results of class projects with scholarly communities
  • Build your resume with an academic conference experience
  • Work closely with a faculty member to develop your research
  • Qualify for potential academic research awards

Student Qualifications

To apply for funding and participation in the MC-Cal Poly Program, students need to meet the following requirements.

  • Must be an upper-division student at Cal Poly (junior or senior level)
  • Must have a 3.0 or above overall GPA
  • Must have a media or communication studies project in mind for presentation (completed paper or work in progress)
  • Must have completed relevant coursework in research-oriented topics (e.g., COMS 312; COMS 384; COMS 400; GRC 301; GRC 433)

How to Apply

To apply for the program, complete the following instructions: 

  1. Determine what project you believe will be most suitable for a conference presentation (completed project or a work in progress). 
  2. Determine whether you will apply as an individual or as a team project.
  3. Fill out the Application to join by the due date:
    • Fall deadline: September 30
    • Spring deadline: June 30

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To find out more about the program, qualifications, conferences, and timeline information, please visit our FAQ page. 

Faculty Mentors

 

Name

Department

Email

Dr. Aubrie Adams Communication Studies (COMS) aadams45@calpoly.edu
Dr. Hocheol Yang Graphic Communication (GRC) hyang25@calpoly.edu

Program Funding Providers

Funding for the Media & Communication Research Initiative is provided by Instructional Related Activities (IRA) at Cal Poly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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