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Summer Job Opening with 5Cities Homeless Coalition

May 23, 2017


5Cities Homeless Coalition is looking for a full-time case manager for summer 2017. 

This job entails meeting 1v1 with homeless or potentially homeless youth (ages 16-24) and establishing an action plan with them in hopes of becoming self-sufficient and living independently. While working for a small non-profit organization means wearing many hats, this task will take up a majority of the work-day.

Cal Poly Sociology Senior Selected for Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program

Jul 19, 2016


Malcolm Mills, a sociology major from Rancho Cucamonga is Cal Poly’s 2016 representative to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program.

Mills, 21, will spend two weeks in August training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working full time in the office of a congressional representative.

Commencement Reception

May 5, 2016


Social Sciences will be having a reception immediately following the main Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 12, 2016.  The department reception will be held at the foot of the steps of the Kennedy Library starting at 11:45am.  Awards will be given out and family and friends will have an opportunity to meet the faculty.  Light refreshments and food will be served.  Please join us in celebrating the Graduates for 2016!

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Professor Ryan Alaniz to Attend White House Water Summit on March 22

Mar 21, 2016


Cal Poly Professor Ryan Alaniz will attend the White House Water Summit on Tuesday, March 22, in Washington, D.C. The event aims to raise awareness of priority water issues and potential solutions in the U.S. and catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future.

Cal Poly Professor’s Research Project Awarded Almost $750,000 National Science Foundation Award

Feb 17, 2016


Cal Poly social sciences Professor Coleen Carrigan is part of a team that has been awarded a $748,780 National Science Foundation grant to study women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and develop ways to broaden their participation in these fields.

Drought in California – Possible solutions

Jan 4, 2016


The west of the United States is literally being dried out by a hundred-year drought. California has been hit particularly badly. The precipitation and temperature measurements suggest that it is the most extreme phase of drought on record. The US weather agency, NOAA, is even speaking of the worst dry period in 1,200 years. What solutions are in sight?

Cal Poly Student’s Water Crisis Forecast Research Takes First at Competition

Jun 25, 2015


Cal Poly anthropology and geography student Mike Johnson took first place in the California Geographical Society’s Geosystems Award competition for his research project “Developing a Decision-Support System for Forecasting Future Water Availability in California.”

Cal Poly Alumna’s Undergraduate Research Awarded Top Honor at Social Sciences Conference

Jun 17, 2015


Cal Poly 2014 social sciences graduate Mikaela Vournas recently received the Charles McCall Best Undergraduate Paper Award at the 40th annual California State University (CSU) Social Science Student Symposium.

Cal Poly Students Take Top Honors at CSU Research Competition

May 26, 2015


Five Cal Poly students took top honors at the recent 2015 California State University (CSU) Research Competition held May 1-2 at CSU San Bernardino.

Natural History Museum Archaeologist to Discuss America’s Missions April 13 at Cal Poly

Mar 25, 2015


David Hurst Thomas, curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, will present “Reharvesting Ramona’s Garden: Romance and Reality in America’s Mythical Mission Past” at 6:30 p.m.Monday, April 13, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion at Cal Poly.

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