Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Projects (MQPs)
WPI MQPs serve as a senior year capstone project, where “students gain real-world design or research experience within their major field.”
||Co-advisor for a senior student’s economics study of the organic and local food sector in Brazil.|
Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQPs)
WPI IQPs are nine-credit-hour, interdisciplinary requirements involving applied research that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs. “Small teams of students work under the guidance of faculty members from all disciplines to conduct research, using social science methods, directed at a specific problem or need. Students deliver findings and recommendations through formal reports and oral presentations to project sponsors (often nonprofit, municipal, or government agencies) and faculty advisors.”
Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF Program)
Undergraduate WPI students may compete to receive SURF stipends for research projects. Students work closely with a faculty advisor over two months during the summer.
||Advisor for a rising sophomore student’s study on the effects of deindustrialization, entitled “Economic Stratification and Societal Health in Worcester, Massachusetts.”
WPI’s Student Activities Office outlines faculty advisor roles as such: “Each club or organization is required to have an advisor who is a full-time member of the WPI faculty, staff, or administration. The role of the advisor is to help the group meet its stated goals. The advisor should review the club or organization’s constitution in order to clearly understand its purpose and determine how s/he can best assist the group.”
|Model UN Club
|2014 – present:
||As the advisor of the Model UN Club at WPI, I guide students in travel team selection for participation in the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference, held each year in February in Boston. The club is currently populated with highly-motivated and engaged students, so my role is more limited to a sounding board for their already excellent ideas. However, the club hopes to expand its imprint on campus by holding regular discussions on political issues, which will require more guidance, as well as help with fundraising.
These studies are independent research projects supervised by a faculty member, requiring fieldwork and library study, student-professor conferences, and a final research paper.
||Advisor for a senior student’s independent study on American “imperialism” and the International Monetary Fund, entitled “Structural Adjustments – Necessary Reforms of the IMF.”
||Advisor for a senior student’s independent study of the effects of globalization on resource allocation in areas experiencing ethnic tension, entitled “Globalization’s Effects on Ethnic Conflicts.”