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Competitive Grants to Support Learn by Doing

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Baker and Koob Endowments

The Warren J. Baker Endowment for Excellence in Project-Based Learning and the Robert D. Koob Endowment for Student Success support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for individual students and groups at Cal Poly. Because of their similar purpose, distributions of the two endowments will be pooled and used to fund multiple student projects via a competitive process that utilizes a single application.

Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, student support, student and faculty travel, student and faculty expenses associated with participation in student research, group projects, conferences, competitions, and equipment and materials related to student research.

The use of funds is not restricted to a specific major or college, but rather is intended to support multi-disciplinary, cross-college collaborative Learn by Doing activities. In addition, the Koob Endowment seeks to support students with financial need.

Who may apply

All Cal Poly undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Some restrictions apply:

  • Applicants that have projects currently funded through an Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) from Academic Programs and Planning are not eligible.
  • Applicants that have projects currently funded through another university endowment (e.g., CPConnect) are not elgibile.
  • Only one project for an individual student or group will be funded in a given year.

All applications must name a faculty advisor and include a letter of support from this advisor.

How To Apply

To apply for funding, students must complete the Baker/Koob cover page and proposal and obtain a letter of support from the faculty advisor named in the proposal. Complete instructions and additional information is available in the Request for Proposals (PDF) file. 

The application period for the 2021-2022 Baker/Koob grants is now closed. 

Critical Documents

2021-22 Baker/Koob Grants Faculty Review Committee

Name Department
Ajay Kathuria Industrial Technology & Packaging (OCOB)
David Kirby Interdisciplinary Studies (CLA)
Sean C. Lema Biological Sciences (CSM)
Jeff Ponitz Architecture (CAED)
Gordon Rees

Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences (CAFES)

Tina Smilkstein Electrical & Computer Engineering (CENG)

Warren J. BakerEndowment for Excellence in Project-Based Learning


Dr. Baker was named to the role of university president of Cal Poly in 1979, the youngest campus president in California State University history. He served with distinction in that role until his retirement, July 31, 2010.

Robert  D. KoobEndowment for Student Success


Dr. Koob served as Cal Poly's senior vice president and vice president for Academic Affairs from 1990 to 1995 and as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs again from 2008 until his retirement in 2012.

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