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Faculty Recognition

Physics Professor Named CSU Faculty Fellow

Physics professor appointed as faculty fellow for collaborative CSU effort

Louise Edwards, an assistant professor in Cal Poly’s Physics Department, has been appointed a faculty fellow to the California State University (CSU) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEM-NET) affinity group.

A woman with black frame glasses and light brown hair pulled up smiles and wears a blue and white striped button down over a black shirt.“I am excited to form new connections with the STEM community here at Cal Poly as well as throughout the other CSU program partners — and especially with those who may have shared interest in developing collaborative research programs,” Edwards said. “Additionally, being a member of this group affords me some extra time to apply for external grants, which could help fund summer research opportunities for students here at Cal Poly.”

STEM-NET is a multi-campus collaboration working with all 23 CSU campuses and areas of STEM research and education. STEM-NET connects and strengthens faculty research and educational collaborations across the CSU system and across disciplines. It expands opportunities for active learning and innovative pedagogy and supports CSU faculty in developing grant proposals with potential for scaling and sustainability with high impact and fundability.

“We are thrilled to see Dr. Edwards and her work at Cal Poly recognized,” said Elizabeth Lowham, Cal Poly’s interim dean of graduate education and administrator in charge of the division of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education. “We are always seeking out ways for our faculty researchers to make interdisciplinary connections and collaborations and further amazing research that provides attention to inclusion and equity. Partnering with the CSU and STEM-NET is another example of our work to serve the people of the Central Coast, California, and beyond in our research.”