Major Qualifying Project
The Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a high-level research project in the student's major field. Through the MQP every WPI student has the chance to experience the kind of real-world problem solving that will soon characterize their professional careers. With an MQP on their resume, WPI students have a leg up on the competition when it comes to launching careers or gaining admission to the best graduate schools.
The MQP involves problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and addresses challenging research issues. These qualifying projects are far from trivial; each requires a substantial part of an academic year, culminating in a project report and poster on Project Presentation Day.
Sources of Project Ideas
UMASS Medical Center in Worcester provides outside project ideas in varying fields. Students can work closely with physicians on projects that range from redesigning surgical tools to developing new monitoring equipment.
Tufts Veterinary School, located in Grafton, can suggest MQP ideas that are animal related.