First Year Experience
Making a Difference Around the World
Public Presentation by Martin Burt
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
5:00 PM, Atwater Kent, Room 116
WPI approach receives national attention
This past fall, New York Times reporter Christopher Drew wrote about how WPI keeps students interested from the moment they come to campus.
"Your first year is a great opportunity to try new things - join an organization that intrigues you, take a class that sounds fascinating. Try a Great Problems Seminar - a terrific introduction to the WPI project experience. Take charge of your First Year Experience!"
Associate Dean, First Year Experience
Engaging Students from the Start
Keeping students engaged and motivated in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields is the cornerstone of a WPI education. That engagement starts in the First Year with the WPI Insight Program and Great Problems Seminar. Through the Insight Program, you’ll have a team of professionals focused on your success—a faculty advisor, a community advisor, and resident hall advisor, each working together to answer your questions and provide the guidance and support you need to make the most of your first year at WPI. The Great Problems Seminar is an opportunity to jump start your WPI project experience. You’ll work in teams focused on themes of global importance. Whether you want to heal, power, educate, or feed the world, you will find a project that inspires you to learn more.
First Year Students Focus on Solving the World's Great Problems
Through the Great Problems Seminars, small teams of first year students and faculty step outside their disciplines to solve problems in the areas of food, energy, health, and engineering for sustainability. It's an invigorating immersion into university-level research and the project-based curriculum at WPI.
GPS 2012 Poster Presentation Day Judge’s Winners
Winner: Innovative Field Tools for Enhanced Health Access, Community Education, and Rural Outreach by Christian A Zelaya, Tint Yadana Aung, Trevor A Rocks, William D Hunt, Zuhir M. Naser Sras
Runner-up: Optimization of Wind Power Utilizing Tubercles by Sean Amos, Thomas Grimshaw, Morgan Hopema, Stephanie Rivard, Jacob Zizmor
Winner: Reducing Student food waste in Morgan Dining Hall by Mikayla Filippone, Ayesha Ludhani, Edward Partlow III, Mariana Vertoni
Runner-up: Fish are Friends and Food by Meghan Dawe, Adam McAuliffe, Dennis Silva, Brian Sokoloff, Kevin Truc
Heal the World
Winner: Wishing for a Well by Jennifer Coffey, Emily Doherty, Christopher Murray, Sydney Tucker, Tammy Zamaitis
Runner-up: Folic Acid Intake and Spina Bifida in New Mexico by Hannah Hill, Kathryn Liziewski, Christina Noyes, Elizabeth Pellegrini, Samantha Varela
The World's Water
Winner: Bioremediation as a Solution to Road Runoff Pollution by Lewis DuBois, Edward Jarvis, Ben Root
Runner-up: Water Filtration Methods: Exploring Sustainable Water Filtration Options for Developing Countries by Jessie Ciulla, SarahRose Gabor, Andrew Kenyon, Keaton Smith
Want to learn more about the GPS?
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