Your junior year at WPI is full of exciting academic opportunities that develop and enhance the concepts of Theory and Practice. For many of you, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) will play an important role in shaping your junior year. Completing the IQP project on campus, off campus at a US site, or overseas through the Global Program, will allow you the opportunity to work in groups, conduct research in a field possibly beyond your major, communicate effectively, and develop a comprehensive written report. These are important skills that we expect all WPI graduates to develop and what graduate schools and post graduate organizations value.
As you work with your Faculty Advisor to plan your courses for your senior year, you should also discuss your interests beyond the classroom, and ask them for advice on how you might prepare for graduate school or a career. Consider the following resources and suggestions to make the most out of academic advising in your junior year:
- In preparing for a meeting with your Faculty Advisor, log into Banner, and complete your course plan for your senior year.
- Check your degree evaluation and tracking sheet (if applicable) to make sure you will meet all the requirements for your degree by the time you graduate.
- See the undergraduate catalog to review the requirements for earning honors.
- If you have struggled academically in prior terms, advising staff members are available to work with you one-on-one to assist in getting you back on track. Academic coaching on a weekly basis is available for students on warning or probation status.
In addition to your Faculty Advisor and the academic advising staff, consider connecting with the following campus resources during your junior year:
- The Career Development Center offers a number of resources that can assist you in acquiring an internship or other work opportunities. Developing a professional resume and cover letter during your junior year is important.
- You may consider taking a leadership role in an organization or club you have participated in or you may want to consider joining something new.
- Meet with a Peer Academic Coach in the ARC to develop your time management, goal setting, and study skills.
- Visit the Projects Program’s website to begin planning for your MQP.