Major Qualifying Project

Through the MQP, all WPI students have the chance to experience the kind of real-life problem solving that will be expected of them in their professional careers. With an MQP on their resume, WPI graduates have a leg up on the competition when entering the working world or applying to top graduate schools.

Conducted within each student’s major, the MQP involves problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and addresses challenging research issues. While most projects in Chemistry & Biochemistry are individual efforts, team projects involving up to three students are occasionally available, depending on the advising faculty member.

Many projects result in professional publications and/or presentations at professional meetings. Some students choose to do their MQPs at off-campus laboratories. Biochemistry projects, for example, have recently been completed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.