Major Qualifying Project
Build Your Resume While Making a Major Contribution to Society
At WPI, the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a high-level research project in the student's major field. Through the MQP every 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.
Learn more about some of the MQPs our International Studies students have recently completed.
The Impact of Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on Access to Essential Medicines in the Developing World
- Anne Louise St. Martin, IN
Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is a World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement designed to enforce a global standard of intellectual property rights. Anne Louise St. Martin analyzed the impact of TRIPS on access to essential medicines in the developing world. There is strong concern about the negative impact the TRIPS standards have on the pharmaceutical industries in these areas.
As of 2005, all countries in the WTO have to protect both product and process patents on pharmaceuticals, which prevents developing countries from making generic versions of essential medications needed to maintain market competition and meet public health demands. However, Bangladesh is the only least-developed country with pharmaceutical manufacturing capability, and under the Doha waiver is the only country in the world that can still produce generic versions of new essential medications. Learn more...
Battling Malaria: A History of International Health Aid
- Sanouri A. Ursprung, IN
Malaria was once considered the most pressing health issue in the world, but after its eradication in the United States it faded from the public eye. Sanouri Ursprung analyzed the historical causes for the unsuccessful completion of the global malaria eradication program by addressing persistent trends that started during the colonial and Cold War eras. Ursprung also analyzed failures in the current fight against malaria, and proffers some potential methods of addressing preventable disease in the developing world. Learn more...