Learn by Doing Scholar Award

Third Annual Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

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The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize faculty who are advancing the practice of Learn by Doing through research on Learn by Doing. The purpose of the awards is both to acknowledge work that contributes to shared understanding of effective Learn by Doing practices, and also to encourage Cal Poly faculty to share their work with a broad audience, whether through publication, presentation, or other means.

Award categories

Two awards are given each year: an award of $2000 for completed research and an award of $1000 for proposed or in-progress research.

All current members of the Cal Poly faculty (lecturers, tenure-track, tenured) are eligible to apply for either award. Individual and team (collaborative) applications are welcome. For teams that include non-Cal Poly collaborators or Cal Poly students the primary researcher must have conducted the research as a faculty member of Cal Poly.

Application requirements

The applications for the LBD Scholar Awards 2017 are closed!

Deadline for Submission: Monday, March 6, 2017, 5p.m.

Award history

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards were established in 2014, and the first awards were given in May 2015.

Completed Award

  • 2015 – J. Kevin Taylor (Kinesiology)
  • 2016 – Brian Self (Mechanical Engineering) and James Widmann (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 2017 – Lynn Metcalf (Industrial Technology)

Proposed or In-Progress Award

  • 2015 – Steffen Peuker (Mechanical Engineering) and Jennifer Mott (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 2016 – Alan Kiste and Gregory Scott (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • 2017 – Catherine Waitinas (English)

For details please read the full stories of the 2015 and 2016 awardees and their scholarship.

2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Awards selection committee members

  • Brian Greenwood, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences
  • Margarita Hill, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Anurag Pande, College of Engineering
  • Jennifer Jipson, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kevin Taylor, College of Science and Mathematics & School of Education
  • Brennan Davis, Orfalea College of Business
  • Brett Bodemer, Kennedy Library (Chair)


Please contact Brett Bodemer, Chair of the Learn by Doing Awards Committee, at ude.yloplacnull@remedobb or 805-756-2203.