Media & Communication Research Initiative

Program Information

The Media and Communication Research Initiative at Cal Poly (MC-Cal Poly) is a program designed to provide financial support and encouragement for students who plan to present original class research projects at academic conferences. In this program, students will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor throughout the process of submitting a research paper and preparing a presentation at an academic conference. 

Program Benefits

Students who are accepted into MC-Cal Poly will receive the following unique benefits for participating in the program: 

  • Receive up to $1,000 in funding (per project) for destination conferences
  • Receive coaching, support, and resources to help design a presentation
  • Share the results of class projects with scholarly communities
  • Build your resume with an academic conference experience
  • Work closely with a faculty member to develop your research
  • Qualify for potential academic research awards

Student Qualifications

To apply for funding and participation in the MC-Cal Poly Program, students need to meet the following requirements.

  • Upper-division student status at Cal Poly during program participation 
  • 3.0 or above overall GPA
  • Coursework in research-oriented topics completed or in progress (see FAQ)
  • Interested in presenting original research in media & communication studies 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To find out more about the program, qualifications, conferences, and timeline information, please visit our FAQ page. 

How to Apply

To apply for the program, complete the following steps specified in the instructions below: 

  1. Determine whether you will apply for Track A or B
    • Track A: You have a specific media or communication studies project in mind that is suitable for conference presentation (completed paper or work in progress)
    • Track B: You have a strong interest to join a research team with the goal of completing a media or communication studies project that will be suitable for a conference presentation 
  2. Determine whether you will apply as an individual or as a team project.
    • Individual Projects: Receive full funding (up to $1,000) for 1 student
    • Team Projects: Receive full funding (up to $1,000) divided by students on the team 
  3. Fill out the Application to join by the due date:
    • Fall deadline (for 2021-2022 cohort) - September 30
    • Spring deadline (for 2022-2023 cohort) - June 30

Faculty Mentors





Dr. Aubrie Adams Communication Studies (COMS)
Dr. Hocheol Yang Graphic Communication (GRC)

Program Funding Providers

Funding for the Media & Communication Research Initiative is provided by Instructional Related Activities (IRA) at Cal Poly. 

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