Student Projects

Learning by Doing Gives WPI Graduates a Competitive Edge

Why is project activity such an integral part of Chemistry & Biochemistry education at WPI? Simply because at WPI, we believe the best way to learn is by doing. It’s a proven approach--one that offers an excellent opportunity for graduates to pursue their careers with solid, practical experience. And that can make them more attractive to employers.

The projects component is one of the most recognized and beneficial features of a WPI education. Through focused work for corporate, government, foundation sponsors, or other partners, students in Chemistry & Biochemistry gain valuable hands-on know-how on campus or at one of our project centers around the world.

Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). As WPI's most distinctive academic requirement, the IQP challenges students to address a problem that brings science or technology together with social issues and human needs. The objective is to enable WPI graduates to understand, as citizens and as professionals, how their careers will impact the larger society of which they are part. Learn more…

Major Qualifying Project (MQP). This high-level research project, conducted within the student's major field, allows all WPI students to experience the kind of real-world problem solving that will define their professional careers. With an MQP on their resume, WPI students have a leg up on the competition when seeking employment or admission to graduate schools. Learn more…