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Ocean Site Fall 2022

A group of four LAES students had the opportunity to work on a project called Ocean Site focused on the decommissioning process of California’s offshore oil rigs in order to create a display for the general public to learn more about artificial reefs and the ecosystems they support. 

They recently utilized the LAES travel grant to take a trip down to Orange County for a field trip and were also able to go out on a boat with Blue Latitudes. Blue Latitudes is a marine environmental consulting firm led by Emily Hazelwood and Amber Sparks. Blue Latitudes work includes re-purposing offshore infrastructure, utilizing routing ROV maintenance surveys, developing biological baselines, and analyze fisheries activity around offshore infrastructure. The purpose of the trip was to film 360° footage of the oil rig jackets to show people the life underneath oil rigs. We traveled with Blue Latitudes to interview the divers and obtain the footage that they shot.

View their photos here!

Underwater VR

Building up expertise in creating a VR experience in Unity with 360 video so that it can eventually be useful to the Ocean Sight One project in Spring 2023!

Seeds in STEM Spring 2022


The Seeds in STEM initiative is a faculty and student collaborative working to provide culturally relevant STEM education workshops to local K-12 schools, specifically with the goal to better serve marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Here are some photos from previous workshops: 

LAES Program Coordinator wins 2022-23 CSU Student Success Network Equity in Action Grant!

Luna Larsen, LAES Program Coordinator and EAS Program Director, has been awarded an Equity in Action grant from the CSU Student Success Network to support up to 8 autistic students and 8 mentors in the Empowering Autistic Scholars Program at Cal Poly. EAS will provides students with the community, opportunities, and supports they need to be successful at Cal Poly and beyond. 

Apply for a LAES Travel Grant

The LAES Program is offering $1,200 travel grants to students participating in Cal Poly-approved programs. (Students with financial need can apply for up to $1,500.) All students must have a cumulative or term GPA of 3.0 prior to going abroad. You can apply through the Cal Poly Scholarships link in your Portal.*

*Please contact David Gillette, Michael Haungs, and Luna Larsen if you are interested in studying abroad and to find out more information about applying for the travel grant.

*Once approved for your Study Abroad program, please email your acceptance letter to Jessica Larsen at to confirm your trip abroad. 


Application Deadlines:

term of travel             Decision period Decision period
Travel in Winter, Spring, Summer October October 1st - November 15th
Travel in Spring, Summer, Fall December December 1st - January 15th
Travel in Fall, Winter, Spring May May 1st - June 15th

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