BEACoN Research Mentoring Program

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BEACoN, a program run by the Office of University Diversity & Inclusion, exists to educate and empower underrepresented students and advocate for them as they aspire to successfully complete their Cal Poly education. OUDI is excited to continue to offer a Research Mentoring component of the program, for which the application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 11. Please note that while the program focuses on the mentorship of underrepresented students (both in research and professional development), the research project can be on any topic; it does not have to focus on work related to diversity, equity, or inclusion. 

For this research mentoring component, faculty can submit a research proposal at the link below by October 11. Selected proposals will then be advertised to students, who can then apply by November 11. Faculty who receive student applicants will then get to select which student they would like to have as a mentee/research assistant. Matches are finalized by the end of fall quarter, with research mentorships starting winter & spring quarters of 2020.

The faculty who are selected for this research mentoring initiative will receive $1,000 per winter/spring quarters through a Faculty Service payment (taxed). Students who are matched for this initiative will receive $1,500 per winter/spring quarters distributed via financial aid. Student mentees/research assistants are expected to have 100 hours of work per quarter.

Submit a research proposal here:

See selected projects from last year here:

For any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Julie Garcia, Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at or Dr. Kelly Bennion, Faculty Associate with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion at Dr. Bennion will be leading the BEACoN mentoring program this year.

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