Major Qualifying Project

The Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a high-level research project in the student's major field. Through the MQP, Pre-Health students experience the kind of real-world problem solving that will soon characterize their health care careers. With an MQP on their resume, WPI students have a leg up on the competition when it comes to applying to professional school.

The MQP addresses problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and embraces 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.


Major: Biology and Biotechnology/ Professional Writing

Project: Major Qualifying Project: My MQP was a community-based project in Adasawase, a rural village in Ghana, studying the epidemiology of schistosomiasis. We created a filtration system for alternative recreation, conducted a knowledge and attitudes survey, and educated children on disease prevention.

We lived in the village, supporting work to bring education and mass treatment where a high rate of disease and death was being accepted, even though it was preventable. Our sponsor had a swimming pool built to keep the children from playing in the slow-moving river water, where the parasites dwelled. Part of our work was to raise awareness, teaching the children about daily hygiene and the reasons to use the pool and not the river.