Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Washington, DC B 2012

Term – B 2012

Project Opportunities – IQP

Housing – Shared hotel suites

Director – Professor David DiBiasio

Preparation – 1/2 unit preparation activity in A 2012

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



Students work on projects with prestigious sponsoring agencies while living in the heart of Washington, D.C.  TheWashington Project Center is located in an attractive neighborhood near DuPont Circle, the Mall, shopping, businesses, embassies and international agencies.  Take advantage of this ideal location and easy access to the Metro to enjoy an endless supply of free museums, national monuments, and impressive buildings that house the seat of national government.



Past projects have been completed with such agencies as the US Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Science Foundation and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is an opportunity to examine the inner workings of government and the importance of national action in areas of the environment, science education, urban issues, and consumer protection. Some recent project topics include:


·                 Commercial Fishing Safety                                         U.S. Coast Guard

·                 Safety of Playgrounds                                                  Consumer Product Safety Commission

·                 Policy Issues in Shale Gas Development                    U.S. Department of Energy



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.)

Travel to site (RT airfare)

$   450

Local Transportation

(commuting cost to project sponsor location)

$   250


$   500

Dining out (7 x term)

$   300

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$   700

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses

$ 2,200

Expenses included on your WPI bill


Housing and program expenses



Estimated Total expenses

$  6,475

Tuition and on-campus housing not included.

All above costs are estimates and are subject to change.



Travel Dates:

   Arrive:  Saturday, October 20, 2012
   Depart:  Friday, December 14, 2012

Related Links :      
  • Going Global @WPI 


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