Open Science Café
Apply now for a $3,000 budget to make your own event!
To celebrate five years of bringing the campus and community together for interactive events and causal conversations at Cal Poly Science Café, the Robert E. Kennedy Library announces Open Science Cafe.
Open Science Cafe is designed to inspire and empower students to make their own Cal Poly Science Café event with the researcher, thought leader or creative mover and shaker of their choice. This is an opportunity to gain project management experience from start (concept and development) to finish (implementation and assessment) with a mentor. The event can relate to any discipline; it doesn’t have to be about science.
In addition to the $3,000 event budget, students will receive a $500 stipend for their leadership.
Want to know more? Read our blog for more about Open Science Cafe.
Begin your application now. Deadline is December 13, 2013.Submit your application
Deadline: December 13, 2013
After reviewing applications, we will meet with selected students to discuss their ideas. A winner will be announced by January 31, 2014.
- Applications will be accepted from individual students only.
- You must be a Cal Poly student during spring quarter 2014.
- We reserve the right not to select a recipient.
What is Cal Poly Science Café?
It’s a fun series that brings the campus and community together for interactive events and causal conversations. They last about an hour and can cover any topic, not just those relating to science. Ideally, they are hands-on. See what we’ve done on our Vimeo channel and join us on Facebook.
Where and when does Cal Poly Science Café happen?
It is usually held in the Robert E. Kennedy Library, on the second floor, near Julian’s. We’ve found the best time to hold the events is on a Thursday, 11:00AM-12:30PM, but there is some flexibility.
How does Open Science Cafe work?
You will be empowered by a budget of up to $3,000 to bring your vision to life as an organizer and host of your own Cal Poly Science Café. The budget is designed to cover event expenses like speaker fees, travel arrangements and food. All expenses are reviewed, approved and processed by the library. Any budget not spent will be returned to library funds. Students will also receive a $500 stipend for their leadership.
Do you write me a check for $3,000?
No. We set aside a budget for you to spend on creating your dream event. We will process the expenses. We will, however, write you a check for $500 at the conclusion of the event.
Who typically plans Cal Poly Science Café?
Karen Lauritsen, the communications and public programs coordinator, together with a team of staff.
How do you plan a Cal Poly Science Café?
It takes creativity, flexibility and organization. You will be mentored through the process by Karen and others at the library. You can learn more about planning your own science cafe event in this presentation Karen made.
How do I apply?
Via our online application. You must be a Cal Poly student during spring quarter 2014, when your event will be held.
How will the winning award be selected?
The award will be selected based on 1) creativity and thoughtfulness and 2) feasibility and planning. We welcome applications from students at every college and in every discipline. Experiential, interactive event designs are encouraged.
After reviewing applications, we will meet with selected students to discuss their ideas to inform our final selection.
We reserve the right not to select an award recipient.
What do I get out of this?
In addition to the budget, infrastructure and support to make your vision a reality, the hands-on experience of making a program happen from start to finish will be valuable in your professional life. It will also look great on your resume. Of course, there is also the $500 stipend.
It seems like a lot of work.
Yes! Luckily, you’ll have a lot of support. You’ll also have the opportunity to show your real-world experience to future employers by documenting your process.
Can I work with friends?
Applications will be accepted from individual students only.
Who do I contact with more questions?
Karen Lauritsen, Communications and Public Programs Coordinator.
Begin your application now. Deadline is December 13, 2013.
Pitch Perfect 60-second video competition
Partnership with Orfalea College of Business
Designed so that students can practice their business pitch skills to promote the value of their academic library at Cal Poly, the competition will award five generous cash prizes to top video entries.Create your perfect pitch
Your objective is to create a 60-second pitch for the Kennedy Library that inspires people. What do you value—even love—about your library?
How do I make an elevator pitch?
An “elevator pitch” describes the challenge: You’re in an elevator with someone who can help you or your organization. You have to inspire them to help you in the time it takes to get from the first to the top floor (just hope it’s a tall building).
Orfalea College of Business Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Jon York, gives the following tips on how to make an elevator pitch:
- Create a story, something concrete and personal, if possible.
- Tell the audience something they don’t know.
- Think about the listener. Answer their question: “What’s in it for me?”
- End with a call to action (ask the viewer to do something).
You may want to check out the article “How to Craft a Killer Elevator Pitch that Will Land You Big Business” (Dumb Little Man).
- Borrow laptops, iPads and more
Available at the Poly onnect Computer Lab window (library, first floor near entrance)
- Cal Poly Media Distribution Services
Cal Poly students can check out equipment through MDS.
For technical questions or assistance contact Patrick Kammermeyer at ude.yloplacnull@mremmakp.
“Kennedy is my Boyfriend” by Lindsey Lewis
“DayDreamers” by Sven Le
“Finding Home” by Russell Holliday and Matt Erich
“My Dream Library” by Chelsea Kitta
More about the winners
“Sanctuary” by Andrew Mai (LAES)
“Study Meets Play” by Ruben Custodio (GRC)
“Why We Love Kennedy Library” by Darryl Williams (BUS)
More about the winners
Theme: The Kennedy Library — Thirty years in the Making. What’s Next?
“Time Flies” by Buddy Bump
“Marley’s Angels” by Ruben Custodio
“The Most Interesting Man in the Library” by Miles Fairchild
Theme: Hidden Treasures within the Kennedy Library
“Priceless” by Paul Cha
“Living in the Kennedy Library” by Colin McGuire
2009 was the first year for the Cal Poly Student Video Competition. See the winning entries at the Cal Poly You Tube Channel.
- “Home Sweet Home,” Kirsten Peterson, Director
- “March to the Library,” Mike Deagen, Director
- “Cal Poly Film Club Video,” Vicki Lindem, Director