Fall Week 1 Announcements

Welcome to our new MatEs...and welcome back to all our returning MatEs!  

We would love too see a bunch of MatEs at our Great MATE Social Monday evening.  Come and go as you need to.  Pizza dinner will be served around 6:30 PM.  Come if you didn't RSVP.

MATE gear will be available for purchase!




UndocuWeek 2017  |  9/12-22  |   Various locations on campus and the larger community

Are you an undocumented student or student in a mixed status family?
Cal Poly's UndocuWeek is designed for you!  Many resources are listed on the UndocuWeek webpage.


"Documented"| 9/20 (W) | 2-4 PM | spanos theatre

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. The feature film Documented chronicles his journey to the United States from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives. 

define american: jose antonio vargas | 9/20 (W) | 6-7:30 PM | spanos theatre

A keynote speech by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning-journalist, and an undocumented American.


try teaching resource fair  |  9/21 (Th)  |  10:30 AM - 12:30 PM  |  Dexter Lawn

Do you… like Ice Cream?  like Lego’s?  want to win a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore?

Learn about paid opportunities to work with children and find out what campus and local resources are available to pursue a career in education!

Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education  (CESAME)  |  805-756-2859 | email: cesame@calpoly.edu


Fall Career Fair Dates & Resources!

Take advantage of excellent networking and recruiting opportunities at the Fall Career Fair.  Talk to your fellow MatEs about what the fair is like and how to prepare. 


MATE Resume Workshops  |  9/19 (T) & 9/26 (T)  |   11 AM - 12 PM  |  192-204

Alpha Sigma Mu - a MATE club - welcomes you to participate in two resume workshops. This is a perfect way to prepare for the fall career fair that is rapidly approaching. Come get advice and tips from your fellow MatEs on how to craft a flawless resume that will best fit your goals for the career fair!

You can also purchase MATE gear at these workshops!


Free Professional Clothing  |  9/22 (F)  |  10 AM - 3 PM  |  124-117

Are you worried about being able to afford new interview clothes? Feel like you have to choose between making a great first impression and covering your other expenses? To support you in dressing for success, Career Services has collected new and gently used professional clothing from the campus and community. Come browse the racks and select free interview attire! Private dressing rooms are available. All students welcome; first come, first served.

For more information about upcoming events, visit our website


Cal Poly Fall 2017 Career Fair  |  9/27 (W) & 9/28 (TH)  |  Rec Center

See all upcoming fairs here.  Career Services staff are eager to help you!


NACE Presents Phillips 66 Career Fair info session |  9/28 (Th)  |  6-7 PM  |   192-204

This gathering will showcase Phillips 66’s opportunities for students and describe the work some Cal Poly MatE alumni have done. Food will be provided!




Grand Canyon Section of SME annual scholarshipApply by NOV 1

The Grand Canyon Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration  (SME) is seeking applicants for our annual scholarship.  The scholarship amount varies from year to year but has in the past ranged from $1,000 to $6,000.  The number of scholarships given also varies year to year. 

The scholarship is for the 2017-2018 school year only but you may reapply in subsequent years.  An applicant must be a full time student in good standing, intending to enter a University, and seeking a degree in a mining related field including but not limited to: Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering, Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Mineral Exploration Geology, Science, and Engineering as related to mining activities.

See application for more details. 




Office of Naval Research's Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)Apply by oct 31

The Office of Naval Research's Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program application is now open.

Current college students can open an application at the NREIP website. The deadline for the application, transcripts and letters of recommendation is October 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM EST.

If you have any questions you can email us at nreip@asee.org or call us at (202)649-3833.



The Undergraduate Research Association (URA) at Cal Poly is a newly-formed club open to any registered undergraduate. Its purpose is to make it easier for undergraduates to get involved with research by:

  • Connecting undergraduate with graduate students/faculty members currently conducting research
  • Providing an all in one source for any and all research opportunities provided by Cal Poly
  • Hosting events and providing resources that will assist students in determining where their research interests lie and pursuing their own independent projects!

View their most recent newsletter, full of on and off campus research opportunities in a variety of fields! Interested in joining? Visit their website to learn more!




university of applied sciences munich 

From Dr. Harding: Here's an interesting program for study overseas in Munich Germany. There are courses in Fracture & Fatigue and also Composite Materials that would definitely count toward Technical Electives in your MATE degree.

Please feel free to set up an appointment to talk with me about this opportunity if you are interested.


The Green Program: Short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable developmenT

We're taking higher education and travel to another level by giving the not-so-average student the not-so-average study abroad experience. Our programs fuse academic credit, adventure, culture, and service learning into a transformational experience that can be experienced within winter, spring, or summer break.

Our team is dedicated to progressing the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through experiential education.

The GREEN Program gives purpose and meaning to education, adventure, and life using the world as our classroom.




SWE & Michigan engineering grad program resources

Michigan Engineering and SWE have created a new partnership to provide valuable resources and information to help women engineers explore the career option of graduate school. The goal of these partnerships is to make sure women engineers are aware of the benefits of graduate school. "To tackle society's problems, which are increasing in complexity, you need the advanced knowledge a graduate degree can provide." - Elizabeth Dreyer, Ph.D. student in electrical engineering, University of Michigan, SWE Graduate Member Coordinator. These online resources will empower SWE members to explore, prepare, and apply for graduate school.




sandia national laboratories: DOE Peer review & Recruiting session  |  Oct 9-10  |  San Diego, CA

Sandia presents a great opportunity to engage in peer review and participate in a recruiting session.  Learn more here.


Need $$$ for Food?  |  M 10Am - 4 PM & F 2 - 4 PM  |  27-173B

CalFresh, federally known as SNAP, is a nutrition assistance program that can help with some of your grocery expenses. They know how important adequate nutrition is to your success in the classroom. After rent, tuition, and books, sometimes scholarships and loans just don't cover all of your expenses. The average CalFresh student recipient receives $154 to be used at grocery stores.

Please stop by their drop-in hours on Mondays from 10am-4pm or Fridays from 2-4pm to learn more and find out if you may be eligible. Their office is located in the Health Center, Building 27-Room 173B. They can help you through the entire application process, provide resources, and help get you money for food. 

Please contact them at 805-399-0236 (they text!) or CalFreshhelp805@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment!


mindsumo competitions: win $$$ & internships for your ideas!

MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to isha@mindsumo.com

See a list of challenges here.

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