· Marijuana Use in Cal Poly Students: A Statistical Analysis
To estimate the proportion of Cal Poly students who currently use marijuana and to compare the proportions of males and females.
· See a Quarter, Pick it Up?
To observe whether more males or females would tend to reach down and pick up a quarter more often off the ground during high traffic and low traffic times.
· Comparing New Frontiers and Albertson’s
To compare regular priced and sales priced items between Albertsons and New Frontiers.
· Where do you like to study?
To find out whether or not there is a relationship between gender/academic college and preference of studying on campus or off campus among the Cal Poly student body.
· Telling Time
To find out whether there is a difference in how well men and women tell the passage of time. We also observed whether unintentional body language presented by the researcher affects how well the subjects tells the passage of time.
· Cell Phone Inquiry
To determine the relationship between age and when subjects received his or her first cell phone and whether having an older sibling makes a difference.
· Did you just cut me off?
To see is a person reacts to being cut in line by a specific gender and whether males and females respond differently.
· Bathroom Balance: A statistical investigation of bathroom stall choice
I try to switch up which stall I visit in the bathroom with each trip, but I wondered if other people do the same, or if most people tend to go to a certain stall in the bathroom more than others.
To determine whether a greater proportion of vehicles stop at the stop sign in front of the University Police Department (UPD) compared to the stop sign in front of Mott Gym on the Cal Poly Campus.
To find out if Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo male or female students are more likely to lend a phone to a stranger. Does saying “please” help?
To find out whether Cal Poly students who were in a relationship tended to have a lower GPA than the students who are not in a relationship.
To learn more about the way Kinesiology students view their own health compared to students in other majors.
To find out two things about the students’ etiquette. One was whether male or females were more likely to say thank you when someone holds the door for them. The other was whether or not the time of day was related to people’s politeness.
To find out if different types of outfits at different times of the day would affect whether San Luis Obispo residents would give up some change downtown.
To see if students respond negatively to a sloppy handwritten survey versus a typed survey. Also, to see if having a job is related to GPA.
To research whether or not the students at Cal Poly look both ways when crossing the crosswalks on campus.
To find out whether or not seeing the jelly beans before they are eaten helps with being able to correctly determine the flavor. Also, whether or not smoking appears to hinder the ability.
The study examined whether different types of music affected the number of visual images recalled as well as looking at differences based on the type and location of the images and the gender of the subject.
The project estimated the proportion of people on the Cal Poly campus that actually stop at stop signs and differences between males and females and among types of vehicles.
In waving to strangers at Farmer’s Market, does the gender of the waver or the wavee appear to influence whether someone waves back?
Does the gender of the greeting instigator or the type of clothing affect whether someone responds or how much they have to say?
Compared the GPAs of students who did and did not have a job and whether the job effect differed between males and females.
To determine whether students who study in the Kennedy Library or the University Union have a higher average GPA.
To see how often Cal Poly students and faculty recycle on campus during the UU hour. Does the likelihood differ between males and females or between northern and southern CA students?
To evaluate whether or not individuals in downtown San Luis Obispo would donate money to a homeless person and to examine the motivate that lies beneath a person’s decision (e.g., type of sign, gender)
A statistical inquiry into the reactions and responses of subjects offered a lollipop by a stranger; more specially, the likelihood that a given subject will accept this free treat (e.g., gender, proximity of company, number of lollipops presented)
To explore the bottled water drinking trends of the residents of Mustang Village and their ability to correctly identify tap water and bottled water.
To determine whether putting the extra effort into formatting generally earns a better grade as opposed to simply hand-writing assignments.
An experimental study to analyze two variables (gender and urgency of request) affecting Cal Poly student’s willingness to allow a stranger to borrow their cell phone.
To study how Cal Poly students, in regards to their locale in California, differ amongst each other in their attitudes and perspectives towards professional and collegiate sports. Does one region seem to populate more sports fanatics than the other? Is one region more likely to produce sports fans who support a collegiate or professional sports team from that region?
Examined elementary school children and the choices made (e.g., salad or not) in the lunch line and whether males and females have different preferences.
Compared the proportion of stops in front of the Cal Poly police station vs. in front of the Cal Poly gym
How do three different weather sources in the San Luis Obispo County area compare to each other?
This study examines is there is a relationship between the number of pairs of shoes and the daily amount of television watched by a typical Cal Poly freshman.
This study evaluates the difference in overall perceptions of Cal Poly freshmen living on campus when posed with a negatively and neutrally worded question.
Does the amount of caffeine consumed have a relationship with how much sleep one obtains? Who consumes more caffeine, males or females?
To determine which groups of students read the Mustang Daily most.
To find out if Cal Poly freshman girls have a preference of the scent of a t-shirt worn by a male or the scent of a freshly clean t-shirt. And whether the freshman girls prefer the scent of cologne to the scent of a male.
This study was conducted to investigate the proportion of Ugg-boot-owning female students at Cal Poly, and whether or not there is a n association between brand name owned and region the student is from.
This study focus on stereotypes associated with the College of Engineering by students at Cal Poly.
To see whether Cal Poly freshmen from south of San Luis Obispo sat “the” in front of their freeway numbers more than those from north of San Luis Obispo.
To find out whether or not a majority of Cal Poly students would be willing to date their best friend if he or she were an attractive member of their desired gender, and to find out whether females are more likely than males to say they would.
To find out if water bottle packaging has an influence on Cal Poly Students water preference.
To find out the proportions of each color of hearts in a regular bag of small Necco Sweethearts Conversation Hearts and to compare the proportions of the hearts that say more romantic comments to other phrases.
To see how male and female college freshmen differ in their cell phone usage.
To observe the stopping habits of drivers on the Cal Poly Campus – is there a difference between the stopping habits of men and women?
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Conducted a survey to determine why fewer men go into teaching.
Conducted an experiment to determine whether the addition of glucose enhanced the survivability of Swiss-Webster mice embryos past the blastocyst stage.
Does dress affect the way people treat you? Does the location of the door affect how a person might respond? And do men and women respond differently, across all locations, to having the door opened for them by a young woman?
Is there a difference in mean time of commercials during prime time on network stations and cable stations? Also, is there a difference in mean time of commercials on weeknight and weekends during prime time?
To discuss the results of a study on female vegetarian and omnivorous students aged 18-22 based on their percent of vitamin B12 and iron intake as compared to the RDA for each of these nutrients. Also to see whether vegetarians or omnivores take more multivitamin supplements.
To study the effects of coconut coir on vegetative cutting propagation and establishment of Nemesia Sunsatia var. "Banana"
An observational study of surfboard length vs. save height and other factors for Pismo Beach Surfers during Oct., 2004.
To see if there is a statistically significant difference between female's and male's strength and aerobic capacity as they are going through puberty.
An observational study to explore children's candy preference with regard to high fat/high sugar versus high sugar selection.
Observations collected in 2004 were compared to prior results from 1973 in terms of cadium and phosphorus levels for different soil types and at different depths.
To determine if a taste difference could be detected between the two types of chocolate milks (Atkins and regular), which milk was preference, and if price was a concern. Results will compared across students from different colleges on campus.
To see whether Political Science or History majors were more likely to have voted in the 2004 election. Also explored which issues these voters were most concerned about.
To investigate the college GPA of individuals and whether or not they have been in a serious dating relationship.
To investigate Cal Poly students with regards to their interest in organic foods and to evaluate factors (cost, appearance, health choices, taste) that influence their choice or organic versus non-organic foods.
To increase awareness and understanding of differences or similarities of basic knowledge of political history, concepts and ideas between men and women as well as between different academic disciplines.
· Who Bicycles to Campus?
What proportion of Cal Poly students ride a bicycle to school? What is the mean distance that people live from school?
· Geographic Knowledge at Cal Poly
To search for any relationship that may exist between geographical knolwedge and students' year in school, gender, or students' college.
· Who Stops to Pet the Dog?
To determine whether or not one gender stops more often to pet a dog, including according to the gender of the owner.
· The Muffin Complex
We wanted to determine if the order in which someone tasted something affected their opinion of which they preferred. Would the first taste of the same food taste better than the second taste?
· The Stroop Task
To measure the effects of automatic and double processing. In particular to see if the original results of the task differ when we switch the order of the conditions. We were also curious to see if boys or girls have a faster total time for both conditions.
· How Will You Get Home?
To determine whether male or female drivers are more likely to give a male student a ride home and if this changed between daytime and evening.
· M&Ms Study
To find the mean number of M&M's in each bag. We also wanted to find the proportion of our favorite color, blue, in the bags.
· Nail Polish Challenge
Do "long-lasting" nail polishes live up to their advertising claims? Which lasts longer - an expensive "long wearing" polish or an inexpensive "long-wearing" polish?
· Tropical Starburst
To determine if there was a relationship between gender and the favorite choice of Tropical Starburst chosen.
· Can You Hear Me Now?
To find the proportion of Cal Poly students who own a cell phone and how many minutes they spend on their cell phones if they own one. We will see if there is a difference in the average amount of minutes spent on the phone between male and females.
· Who Ya Gonna Call?
To determine whether or not Cal Poly students have a preference in their pizza joints, and if so, which pizza joint do they prefer?
· Cal Poly Library Usage
Do males and females use the library the same amount of time? Do upper classmen use the library more often than underclassmen?
· Let's Get Physical
Is there a relationship between year at Cal Poly and the amount a student works out?
· Hair and GPA
To see if there was an association between people's natural hair color and their G.P.A., and to see if people who dyed their hair were necessarily smarter than people who did not dye their hair.
· Got Milk?
To find whether or not drinking milk directly affects the amount of chocolate one will eat during one sitting?
· Bowling Ball Weight and Performance
Is there an association between the weight of a bowling ball and a person's score?
· How Cal Poly Students Choose Their Breakfast Cereal
To observe how Cal Poly students choose their cereal; we looked at the relationship between the student's major and the most important element when choosing a cereal.
· The Mozart Effect
We conducted an experiment to see if the music of Mozart will have any positive effect on recall. Additionally, we were testing to see if gender had an effect on those who listened to Mozart or in silence.
· Starbucks vs. Julian's
Do taste and convenience influence the decision of Cal Poly coffee drinkers?
· Cell Phones in the Classroom
Of all Cal Poly students who own cell phones, do most students tend to leave the ringer on or off during class? Of those students who leave the ringer on, do female students do it more frequently than male students?
· Burger King vs. McDonald's
To see which restaurant is more popular, Burger King or McDonald's. Also, we wanted to know if people would change their opinion if the meal was free.
· Make-up or No Make-up, That is the Question
Is there a difference between the preference of freshman males and elementary school boys in regards to women wearing make-up? Do Cal Poly males prefer make-up?
· El Corral Bookstore vs. Aida's bookstore
To discover which local college bookstore provided books to students at the cheapest price, considering both new and used prices.
· Frozen Yogurt
To see if the proportion of frozen yogurt buyers who are female is higher at Bali's on Higuera or Bali's on Foothill
To find out if the recess activities that elementary school students how list as their favorite are the same activities that college students said were there favorites when they were in elementary school, to see if there are differences among generations or differences among gender.
· Hours of Sleep vs. GPA
To see if there is an association between amount of sleep of a Cal Poly study living on campus and his or her current GPA
· Comparison of Breakfast Choices
To determine which breakfast food, donuts or bagels, is preferred by Cal Poly freshmen living on campus. We were particularly interested in comparing the preferences of girls to boys.
· How Many Elementary Students Know Their Parents' Ages
To find out if students actually knew their mother's age vs. how many students know their father's age.
· Drinking Habits
To discover how drinking habits change as the transition from senior year of high school to freshman year at Cal Poly takes place.
· Usage of Instant Messengers
To compare the amount of time freshmen males and females living in Cal Poly's Yosemite Hall dorms actually spend engaged in conversation on an instant messenger service on an average weekday.
· Are You Willing to Take a Survey?
To conduct an experiment testing people's willingness to take a survey.
· The Chocolate Study
To find out whether Cal Poly students prefer Ghiradelli or Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips and whether Cal Poly students who identify themselves as chocolate lovers prefer Ghiradelli or Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips.
· Gender and Advertising
Are Cal Poly males better than Cal Poly females at recognizing what ads are trying to sell? Do males and females identify what ads are advertising from one of the three categories of advertising, men's cologne, alcohol, and clothing, m ore often than another?
· Appearance Discrimination?
Do looks dictate the type of treatment/service you get in a retail store? We want to know if the way you dress is an indicator of the existence of a response and if so, what type of response you'll get in a "respected" retail store.
· Which Brand do you Prefer?
Does sex determine the toliet paper brand Cal Poly students prefer?
· To Bless or not Bless?
An observational study as to the proportion of Cal Poly students who make a polite comment upon hearing a stranger sneeze. This is also an exploration into any associations between gender and location with this issue.
· Can I Have Some Change for a Phone Call?
To see if people are more likely to give change to a woman to make a phone call than a man, and if men really are more lilkely to give the change than the women.
· Drinking Habits of College Freshmen Living on Campus
Do freshmen in the cement dorms drink more than those in the brink? Do freshmen girls on campus drink more than freshmen boys on campus? Which college has the most on campus freshmen that drink? How many freshmen have alcohol in their dorm room?
· Bounty vs. Brawny
An experiment to compare Bounty paper towels to Brawny paper towels to see which paper towel cleans up spills and absorbs liquids better.
· Dorm Smarts
To investigate the common knowledge of freshmen living in the dorms at Cal Poly. We will also find out if there is an association between the correct responses of different categories for freshmen living in the specified major dorms and the mixed freshmen dorms at Cal Poly.
· The Truth About Driving Under the Influence at Cal Poly
To inform the students at Cal Poly of the level of driving under the influence occurring amongst our peers.
· Show Me The Survey!
To determine whether the way we dress affects whether people want to take a survey. Also examined if the time of day has an effect on the people who want to take a survey.
· How Do You Rate President Bush's Job Performance?
To see whether there is a relationship between Cal Poly students' approval rating of President Bush and who they voted for in the election. Also to find the proportion of students who approve and disapprove of the president's tax cut and his handling of the spy-plane incident with China.
· In or Out In and Out
To find out whether it is faster to walk in or drive through fast food restaurants, as well as to figure out if there is consistency between the two throughout the week.
· The Battle of Stain Removers
To discover whether name brand stain removers are worth the few cents more that they cost than generic stain removers; we also tested whether it was easier for them to remove stains of solids or stains of liquids.
· 007, The World is Not Enough
the randomization script for the multiplayer section in Bond 2 actually random?
Are each of the 13 levels for the multiplayer game equally likely to be
chosen by the randomization script in the game?
· Does Height Relate to Bull Riding Performance?
To determine the relationship between the heights and times of bull riders to see if the height of a rider is associated with the amount of time he will stay on the bull.
· Cal Poly Student Housing
To assess the housing situations of Cal Poly students by looking at their rent, housing type, overall rating of current housing situations, and problems of the current housing situation.
· Marijuana and Your Academic Performance
To survey first year Cal Poly students and see if there is an association between the student's cumulative Cal Poly GPA, SAT score, and marijuana smoking.
· Downtown Draw
To study how long students spend downtown and what exactly brings them there.
· Cal Poly Cars
To see if there was a relationship between the types of vehicles that staff members and students at Cal Poly drive. We compared the numbers of foreign and domestic vehicles for each group, as well as whether the vehicle was a car, truck, or SUV.
· Hepatitis-C Survey
To test and see how aware the San Luis Obispo City population is on Hepatitis-C.
· Is there a Difference in Body Image between Greeks and Non-Greeks? A Statistical Analysis
analyze the difference in body image between participants and non-participants
of the Greek system at Cal Poly. Factors measured will aim to
determine the presence of an association between participation in the Greek system and health factors/self-perception.
· Analysis of Two Fertilizers Based on Plant Growth
The purpose of this experiment is to discover the best fertilizer (UN32 or Ammonium Nitrate) for increasing plan growth.
· Survey on Aids Support Network Awareness
To help the AIDS Support Network to determine the knowledge of local teachers on the issue of AIDS, Hepatitis C, and the available resources of the AIDS Support Network.
· What Do Stop Signs Really Mean on the Cal Poly Campus?
To determine what proportion of drivers on the Cal Poly Campus come to a complete stop at stop signs and how the presence of pedestrians affects that proportion.
· How Often Do You Go Home?
To determine what influenced how many times Cal Poly students go home in one month.
· Sold Short?
To determine the accuracy of the stated weight and serving size on a box of generic brand cereal compared to a name brand cereal.
· The Statistics of M&M's
To compare sample proportion of red M&M's to the projection proportion of .20 stated by Mars.
· Wet or Dry Campus?
An analysis of the association between the Cal Poly population preferences between a wet or dry campus, their group affiliation and parental drinking behavior.
· Leadership Skills in Demand
To evaluate eight categories of leadership skills by means of a questionnaire provided by Cal Poly Leads, an on-campus leadership program. The goal is to prove that these eight categories differ in terms of importance.
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· Ahh… Choo: A Study of Politeness
Do Cal Poly students respond when they hear someone sneeze? Does the gender of those observed have an effect on the response?
· Does Mozart Affect Memory?
To find out the overall effect that listening to Mozart had on people’s memorization skills.
· GPA and Fitness
Is the amount of time one spends working out a good predictor of GPA? Do students who tend to organize their time in one area of their life also tend to set aside time in other areas; for example, do they also set aside a time to work out if they work out at all?
· The Upper Body Endurance of Cal Poly Students
To determine the upper body endurance of Cal Poly students.
· Is There Really a Difference and Who Can Tell Anyway?
To decide whether Cal Poly students can tell the difference between the colas, Coke and Pepsi; and the uncolas, 7-Up and Sprite. This experiment will also demonstrate whether the same amount of Cal Poly students can tell the difference between the colas as the uncolas.
What are the students at Cal Poly more addicted? Are the students at Cal Poly more addicted to caffeine, working out, alcohol, illegal drugs, or tobacco products? Do all five of these potential additions have an equal probability of being chosen if asked in a survey?
· When Will These Commercials End?
To observe how many commercials we are subjected to when trying to watch television, if the amount changes between different types of programs and if the amount changes between afternoon and evening programs.
· “C” is for Cookie
To discover if there is a distinguishable taste difference between Nestle Toll House chocolate chips and a generic brand of chocolate chips. We also wanted to know if gender is associated with the ability to differentiate between the two brands of chocolate chips.
· Poly Reps New Member Recruitment
To find out the best way to advertise New Member Recruitment for Poly Reps. Surveyed students who came for their first interviews during the selection process.
· Textbook Buying and Selling Trends: A Study of Students at Cal Poly
To determine where Cal Poly students buy and sell their textbooks and their reasons for buying and selling at these locations.
· The Effects of Carl’s Jr. in Downtown SLO
To find out if the restaurants downtown have been affected due to the opening of the new fast food chain Carl’s Jr.
· Best Sellers: Are Online Stores Cheaper Than Chain Stores?
Are bestseller books cheaper at online retailers, including shipping chargers, or chain store retailers?
Does class time have any effect on caffeine consumption and in what form do students get their caffeine, soda or coffee?
· Campus Dining
To determine which places students preferred to dine and why (based on quality of food, atmosphere, and service). We selected three of the main campus dining options: Lighthouse, VG’s, and the Sandwich Factory.
· The Words We Use
To determine if by living in one region of California versus another contributes to how often you use certain slang words based on your gender.
· Skittles Statistics: The Truth Behind the Rainbow
Are the proportions of colors of Skittles the same? What is the mean number of Skittles per bag?
· By Choice or By Force
To find out why students chose the major they are currently in and what might have affected their choice.
· A Glimpse of the True Stereotypes in the College of Engineers vs. the College of Liberal Arts
To compare the character of male students in the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts, prior to their coming to Cal Poly.
· The Debate Amongst College Students: Quarter vs. Semester
To determine what Cal Poly students prefer, quarter or semester? We were also curious their reasons for picking either one and if there was an association between the system chosen and their reasons why. We also wanted to compare the results we attained from our class vs. “randomly” selected people and three locations on campus to see if their opinions varied.
· The Stroop Task
To discover whether men or women could process congruent and incongruent cards faster and to test which color combination of the incongruent cards caused the most errors.
· Analysis of Shaving Behavior of Cal Poly Students
To analyze various characteristics of the shaving behavior of Cal Poly students. We started with four hypotheses: Females started shaving at an earlier age than males; males shave more frequently than females; The longer a person is in a relationship the less frequently they shave; Younger people shave more frequently.
· Statistical Analysis of Landscape Architectural Post Graduate Decisions
To investigate a possible association in landscape architecture students at Cal Poly, between their age, gender, environmental background, and chosen career path.
· How often do Cal Poly students work out
To find out how often Cal Poly students exercise per week, and whether they engage in primarily cardiovascular or weightlifting activities. In particular, which gender exercises more often, if (as stereotyped) do women tend to do cardiovascular and men tend to lift weights.
· Does Muscle Add to your Brain?
To find out if there is a relationship between number of hrs/wk spent in Rec. Center and GPA, and also whether males or females would tend to spend more time.
· Are Cal Poly students getting enough sleep?
How much sleep do Cal Poly students receive on nights before they have class? Is there a difference between the sexes? Does the amount of hours worked per week affect the amount of sleep obtained?
· Water: Do you know what you are drinking?
Compared people’s choice of water by taste only with their choice when they know which water was bottled and which was tap.
· The Omaha or the Air Attack
To find out if handedness correlates to a specific preference for either the Omaha or Air Attack bat and if the preference is related to the position played on the field.
· Pepsi vs. Coke
On average, do 12 ounce cans of Coke and Pepsi actually contain 12 ounces? Are they even equal to each other?
· Can the Internet Cause Addiction?
Does the amount of time spent "surfing" the net correlate to the amount of hours Cal Poly students spend studying? Does the amount of Internet use relate to a student’s GPA?
· Sexual Activity, Gender, and Self-esteem
Is there an association between sexual activity and self-esteem or between gender and self-esteem?
· Are you faithful?
Do people have a tendency to buy candy other than their favorite when they go to the movies? Do people have a tendency to be more faithful to their type of favorite candy?
· M&Ms vs. Skittles
To compare the proportion of red M&M’s to red Skittles
· Would you like to take a survey?
Is there any relationship between the time that a student begins their class and their year in school? Do the units and the year in school have any relationship?
· Play vs. GPA
To find out if there is a strong correlation between GPA and the number of activities that Cal Poly Recreation Administration students are involved in. Do recreation students with high GPA’s participate more or less than those Recreation students who do not?
· Soft Drink Statistics: Hospital workers vs. Cal Poly Students and Males vs. Females Choice of Sodas
To examine the soda choices of hospital workers versus those of Cal Poly students, including detecting gender differences.
· Study of Life Habits of Cal Poly Students
The purpose of this study was to draw an inference of college student’s health habits based on a sample of students from Cal Poly.
· Collecting Change
To see if there is a difference in the amount of change received when dressed as a bum or a well dressed student when asking strangers for change for the phone.
· "No Bikes Allowed"
To find out if Cal Poly students feel that there is adequate space for bicyclists and pedestrians on campus.
· SLO Environmental Surveys
To determine if wording in a question can affect the outcome of the response. The subject we chose for conducting the survey pertains to the wine industry.
· Active Greeks
To discover whether there is significant evidence of a relationship between living in a sorority house and participation in sorority sports.
· How Does Popularity Affect Impression of Colas?
To see which cola actually tastes the best taking away outside influences such as brand name and cost. Also saw if these taste preferences matched people’s initial preferences.
· WOW Doritos vs. Regular Doritos
To document whether a group of students could first see a difference between the two types of chips, and whether another group could detect a difference in the taste of the two chips.
· The Jansport Project
To determine whether or not Jansport backpacks were more popular than all other brands, and to determine which gender was more attracted to Jansport.
· Internet usage
To find out how much time Cal Poly students spend on the Internet utilizing its various functions (communication, entertainment and research)
· Cal Poly Students’ Drinking
What proportion of Cal Poly students have missed class as a result of alcohol consumption? What is the average age Cal Poly students had their first full drink of alcohol? Is there a correlation between GPA and the amount of alcohol Cal Poly students drink on average each night?