Dr. Dawn Neill appointed as Interim Vice President for Research
Sep 30, 2022
R-EDGE welcomed Dr. Dawn Neill as interim Vice President for Research on May 1, 2023.
Dawn has served as administrator in charge (AIC) for Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education since September 12, 2022, and is a professor of anthropology in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts Department.
Since beginning as the administrator in charge for R-EDGE, Dawn has provided outstanding leadership and partnership to the campus and has worked diligently to enhance campus opportunities and funding for research, scholarly and creative activities. This includes developing and implementing the Proposal Development Program to provide faculty release time to develop grant proposals; and working collaboratively with the deans and the office of the provost to develop and implement the Teacher-Scholar Model mini-grant program to broaden the scope of internal funding in support of the Teacher-Scholar Model. She has worked to align the R-EDGE division with campus priorities, including Cal Poly’s semester conversion; staging the implementation of an electronic research administration software system beginning in Fall 2023; and restructuring the R-EDGE staffing model to better support research, scholarly and creative activity across campus.
Previously Dawn served as the director of research engagement and internationalization in the College of Liberal Arts. She previously chaired the Cal Poly Grants Review Committee and was a member of the research advisory council for R-EDGE.
Dawn received her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from Louisiana State University. She earned her M.S. in nutritional sciences and her Ph.D. in biocultural anthropology from the University of Washington.
R-EDGE Finalizes Division-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan
Jul 8, 2022
Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education (R-EDGE) released a plan detailing the division’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The R-EDGE DEI Action Plan outlines goals, actions and metrics for the division and each of its seven units: the Office of the Vice President, Corporate Engagement and Innovation, Graduate Education, Grants Development, Research Integrity and Compliance, Sponsored Programs and the Office of Student Research.
With the plan, R-EDGE strives to create an aligned and cohesive focus on DEI; ensure that the division’s activities and resources positively impact efforts to create a more just and equitable campus; reflect -inclusive excellence within the division’s contributions to the ongoing growth and work of students, teacher-scholars and staff; and to engage the community to create innovative scholarship that addresses and responds to real-world problems of justice, equity, inclusion and diversity.
R-EDGE will also create metrics to measure outcomes and impacts of the plan and has shaped the plan in alignment with the university strategic plan.
“While the values of diversity, equity and inclusion have always been important to our division, we welcomed the opportunity to establish clear goals that showcase our division’s commitment to DEI within our division, Cal Poly, and the community. Creating the DEI action plan was an extremely rewarding process, and we look forward to continuing the work laid out in our division’s goals,” said Allie Walter, chair of the R-EDGE DEI Committee.
Read the full R-EDGE DEI Action Plan.
R-EDGE announces the awards for the 2022-23 cycle of the RSCA grant program
Jul 7, 2022
Cal Poly Funds 14 Faculty Research Projects
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s division of Research, Economic Development & Graduate Education (R-EDGE) announced the awards for the 2022-23 cycle of the Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) grant program.
Four Cal Poly Students Recognized at CSU Student Research Competition
May 31, 2022
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Four Cal Poly students were awarded first- or second-place prizes at the 2022 California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. Cal Poly, Fullerton and Sacramento State were the most recognized universities in the competition, with four awardees each.
R-EDGE announces the Cal Poly Delegates for the CSU Student Research Competition
Apr 22, 2022
Annual CSU Student Research Competition to Include 10 Student Projects from Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Ten student research projects from Cal Poly have been selected to represent the university at the annual California State University (CSU) systemwide competition April 29-30.
R-EDGE announces the awards for the 2021-22 cycle of the RSCA grant program
Jun 24, 2021
Cal Poly Funds 14 Faculty Research Projects
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s division of Research, Economic Development & Graduate Education (R-EDGE) announced the awards for the 2021-22 cycle of the Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) grant program.
Seven Cal Poly Student Projects Recognized at CSU Student Research Competition
May 14, 2021
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Seven Cal Poly students and recent alumni were awarded first- or second-place prizes at the 2021 California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. Cal Poly was the most recognized university in the competition, with its students taking home 15% of the total prizes awarded.
Cal Poly Sends Ten Student Projects to Annual CSU Research Competition
May 14, 2021
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Ten research projects from Cal Poly students were selected to represent the university at the annual California State University (CSU) systemwide competition April 30 to May 1.
The projects were chosen from a total of 46 — involving 84 undergraduate students, graduate students and recent alumni from Cal Poly’s six colleges — during the university’s internal competition. Cal Poly’s Academic Senate Grants Review Committee chose the 10 to move forward.
Cal Poly and Its Students Infuse $1 Billion into Central Coast, Economic Impact Study Reports
Apr 12, 2021
Cal Poly’s economic contributions ripple throughout the county, region and state, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $1.6 billion in industry activity and over $105 million of state and local tax revenue, according to an economic impact study commissioned by the CSU. During 2018-19, the campus spent more than $1 billion, including up of $535.1 million in operational expenditures, $132.5 million in auxiliary costs and $70.1 million on construction projects. In addition, Cal Poly’s more than 20,000 students spent nearly $280 million. Researchers from ICF International Inc., a global advisory and digital services provider, utilized data from the 2018-19 academic year. Additionally, Cal Poly alumni who live on the Central Coast — a region of five counties that include Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito — earned an additional $996.4 million, thanks to their degrees, and alumni who remained in the Golden State earned an additional $3.8 billion in 2019.
Cal Poly and the City of SLO Launch a New Research Station
Oct 14, 2020
Click here to read about the Sustainable Utilities Research and Education (SURE!) Field Station located at the City of San Luis Obispo wastewater treatment plant.