Learn by Doing Fund

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Expanded Opportunities for Learn by Doing in 2018-19

Thanks to substantial donations last year from two anonymous donors and PG&E, the Social Sciences Department was able to award over $9,000 in 2018-19 to support student projects emphasizing Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy. To secure funding, students were required to submit formal proposals and their résumés to the faculty Learn by Doing committee. A total of 13 projects were funded benefiting 23 anthropology-geography and sociology students. Individual awards were from $100 to $1000. A wide range of different projects was supported including:

2019 C-WESS California Workshop attendees from Cal Poly
Eleven students accompanied Professor Stacey Rucas
to the 2019 C-WESS California Workshop on
Evolutionary Social Sciences at CSU Fullerton.


  • Eleven students accompanied Dr. Stacey Rucas to the 2019 C-WESS California Workshop on Evolutionary Social Sciences at CSU Fullerton where they were co-presented a poster describing the results of analysis of evolutionary content in the lyrics of popular songs.
  • Two students presented talks/posters at geography conferences: Aliza Hertzberg presented at the California Geographical Society Conference in May at Big Bear Lake, and Everett Spackman presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Washington, D.C. in April.
  • Three students received partial support for study abroad opportunities in Ecuador, Iceland and Thailand. 
  • Four students attended the Women in Archaeology symposium at the annual meeting of the Society for California Archaeology in Sacramento in March. Four of these students, Madeleine Noet, Jack Webb, Claire Tatlow and Alessia Isolani collaborated on a poster.
  • Although she did not request or receive funding, sociology student Nathalie Aguirre presented a well-received poster on her senior project research at the Pacific Sociological Association meetings.

We hope to continue to expand the Learn by Doing Fund in order to offer larger amounts of funding to more students. If you are interested in donating, you can donate online or contact the Social Sciences Department. Every dollar goes directly to student projects.

Nathalie Aguirre
Nathalie Aguirre (on right) and sociology Professor
Joan Meyers, at the Pacific Sociological Association


Aliza Hertzberg
Aliza Hertzberg presenting at the
California Geographical Society Conference.


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