Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Boston A2012

Term – A 2012

Project Opportunities – IQP

Housing – Shared student apartments

Director – Professor Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld

Preparation – 1/2 unit preparation activity in D’11

Application Deadline – September 29, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)



The Boston project site is a residential program with resident faculty advisors.  This world-class city, featuring a wealth of cultural, educational, recreational, and tourist opportunities, is an exciting, vital and stimulating environment in which to live and work.



Most projects will address environmental issues, as well as urban maintenance, management and planning issues, and will include field work in the city’s neighborhoods and in the greater Boston area.  Past projects include: a plan for the reduction of neighborhood disruption during the work on the Big Dig (for the North End Neighborhood Association); an analysis of the impacts of Historic Districts on surrounding neighborhoods and a method of streamlining construction permits in those districts (for the Boston Landmark Commission); the collection and analysis of environmental data about Chelsea Creek (for the Environmental Protection Agency); the improvement of public safety through the inventory and mapping of all underground fuel tanks (for the Boston Fire Department), as well as yearly projects for the Museum of Science and for various departments of the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Quincy and Newton.


Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses


NOTE:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus (groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.)

Local transportation

(commuting cost to project sponsor location)

$   150


$   500

Dining out (7 x term)

$   300

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$   500

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill


Housing and program expenses




Estimated Total expenses


Tuition and on-campus housing not included

All above costs are estimates and are subject to change.








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 Travel Dates:

Arrive:  Saturday, August 25, 2012
Depart:  Friday, October 12, 2012

Orientation Schedule

Mandatory Site Specific Orientation:  Monday, April 9, 2012, 12:00-1:30 p.m., IGSD Conference Room
Mandatory Sexual Assault Orientation: Wednesday, April 25, 5:00-6:30 p.m., FL PH UPR

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