Cal Poly SWE



1 Grande Ave, Club Box #162

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0675


Building 197, Room 212 

(2nd floor of Bonderson)


Fax: (805) 756 - 5450

  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram


The IDEA Project

Description of The IDEA Project:

  • The IDEA Project is a non-profit that that aims to bring science to life by creating opportunities for children to explore through hands-on discovery. We believe that by performing experiments and investigating kinetically, students are able to make the conceptual connections between scientific principles and their effect. We’re passionate about helping kids foster a love for science throughout the Central Coast!


Description of Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Science Night Assistants: Science Night Assistants will help perform experiments and teach kids about basic scientific principles. Experiments will be simple and prepared by our team, so Science Night Assistants don’t need to worry about anything but showing up and being excited to mentor! Science Nights will be hosted at local schools in the SLO County area and will require a time commitment of approximately 2 hours. You can volunteer at whatever frequency you’re comfortable with, whether that be every month or just a few times a year. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with your friends, make an impact on the community, and share your love of science!

EWB Impact Weekend

February 28 - March 1

We are the IMPACT team, a sub organization of Cal Poly’s Engineers Without Borders. We are currently preparing for our big, annual community service event, IMPACT Weekend. The event will be hosted February 28th through March 1st and we will be sending many volunteers to work on local projects around the area. If you are interested, please fill send out this form linked below. Feel free to ask any questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Apply Now for Paid Undergraduate Research Experiences: Student Panel & Workshop

Friday 11/8, 1-3pm

At 1:10pm, hear from a panel of (amazing) LSAMP students with on- and off-campus research experiences – including via the BEACoN Mentors Program!


The panel will be followed by a workshop exploring how to identify & apply to paid (& stipended) research experiences. It will focus on the:

  • BEACoN Mentors Program (research experience in Winter/Spring 2020)

  • LSAMP Summer 2020 Research Scholars Program

  • Many other awesome on-campus opportunities, and

  • Summer 2020 off-campus opportunities throughout California, the United States, and beyond!


This event is open to all students in all majors, as well as other members of our community. Light refreshments will be provided.

Applications to conduct paid undergraduate research with a BEACoN Research Mentor in Winter & Spring 2020 are due by 11:59pm on T 11/12. Students can apply online with this form. The BEACoN Program is open to all students in all majors and is undocufriendly. A flyer with more information is attached.

Learn more about event sponsors:

  • BEACoN Mentors Program

  • CSU-LSAMP Program at Cal Poly


Need more information? Have an opportunity you want us to share at the event? Please; call 805-756-2875; or stop by the LSAMP Office in 25-129.

- Dr. Jane Lehr