March 2011

Financial Aid Updates

Please be advised that the WPI Financial Aid Upperclass Application for 2011 - 12 must be completed and returned to the Office of Financial Aid no later than Friday, March 18, 2011. These applications were handed out to students in early December but are still available in our office if your student does not have one. The form must be completed by any undergraduate student who will be a sophomore or above in 2011-12 and is applying for financial aid for that academic year.

In addition to the WPI Upperclass Application, families also must complete a 2011-12 FAFSA. The deadline for submitting that is April 15, 2011.

Is your student planning to take classes at WPI over the summer or participating in a summer project center? If you're interested in financing for these courses, visit our website about E –Term Financial Aid.  Please be aware that the summer application for student loans is due in our office by March 15, 2011. Any PLUS loan or private loan applications should be started no later than April 15, 2011, to ensure funding is in place before summer courses begin in early May.

Career Development Center

Does your son or daughter have a Job Finder account?

Job Finder is a comprehensive system that houses job postings, on-campus recruiting, information on employers attending the career fairs, career-related handouts, career-related podcasts, and much more. Encourage your student to activate a Job Finder account today!

Walk-in Meetings with a Counselor

If students have a quick question or want a resume critiqued, they may meet with a counselor for a short 15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1 and 3pm.

Upcoming Career Fairs

WPI's Biotechnology & Bioengineering Career Fair

Colleges of Worcester Consortium Career Fair

CDC Programs

  • March 17, Resume Writing Workshop, 4:00pm, HL116
  • March 23, Interviewing Tips for Life Sciences Students, 6:00pm, SL402
  • March 29, Postgrad Movie, 7:00pm, Upper Perreault
  • March 31, Networking with LinkedIn, 5:00pm, SL406

Academic Advising

Registration for WPI's summer classes is now open. Those students who did not do well this academic year may want to consider the Summer Bridge program. Summer Bridge offers students the opportunity to improve their academic standing and develop the skills necessary to help them be academically successful. For more information on the Summer Bridge program.

Registration for all of next year's courses will open beginning Tuesday, April 12, for seniors and rising seniors; Wednesday, April 13, for rising juniors; and Thursday, April 14, for rising sophomores. Registration will open each night at 9pm. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss their four-year plans and course selections for next year, in particular, before registration opens.

Please remember that the Advising Staff is here to help students be academically successfully. We offer a wide array of student support services that can be tailored to the individual needs of students.

WPI Student Project Work in Namibia Garners Prestigious President's IQP Award

A team of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) undergraduate students that researched and evaluated business opportunities with solar energy in un-electrified areas in Namibia, Africa, won the prestigious WPI President's IQP Award on Friday, Jan. 28. See more here.

Residential Services

The Official Closing For All Residence Halls Is May 5 At Noon.

All students are expected to remove their personal items, turn in their keys, and be checked out of their rooms by their RAs by this time. Card access will shut off on May 5 at noon.

If you have a special request to remain beyond noon on May 5, you must have approval from Residential Services prior to April 22. Students who are approved to remain beyond the May 5 closing date must pay a charge of $35 per day. Payments must be made in advance and submitted to Residential Services prior to May 6. Applications for an extension (athletes, ushers, or late stays) may be picked up in the Office of Residential Services, or you may email

For more information about closing, visit our website.

Development & Alumni Relations

WPI Parents Fund

Thanks to the support of parents, alumni, and friends, WPI can provide an outstanding educational experience for all students. Through the WPI Parents Fund, families can give to the highest priorities of the university—current-use financial aid, student life, and faculty teaching and research. Your support is important to us now, and goes to work immediately, helping to benefit our WPI students today.

Please consider joining the other 326 parents who have supported WPI already this year. You can simplify your giving using WPI’s secure server. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Community Service Day, April 9

Parents and families are invited to join students, faculty, staff, and alumni for the first WPI Community Service Day, a partnership between the WPI Alumni Association and Student Activities.

On Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, we will participate in five projects to assist local Worcester organizations. Our day will conclude with lunch and an update on the WPI Alumni Association. This family-friendly event is an opportunity to give back to the Worcester community. You will have the opportunity to assist in beautification projects such as landscaping, painting, and spring cleaning; sort products in a warehouse; or set up for a local charity walk. This is a fantastic opportunity to work together across the WPI community and meet new friends. 

FIRST* Robotics Team Event

We invite you to support the WPI / Mass. Academy FIRST Robotics Team! Please join us at a reception open to all members of the WPI community during the FIRST Robotics National Championship Competition on Friday, April 29, 6 p.m., at America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to connect with WPI parents, alumni, and friends, and take part in a lively conversation about the university today. This event is co-hosted by the offices of Admissions and Alumni Relations.

  • If you are interested in attending, RSVP here

If you have questions about this event, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or +1-508-831-5600 or the Office of Admissions at or +1-508-831-5286.

For more information on FIRST Robotics please visit

* For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

Athletic Update

Carr Named Second Team Capital One/Co-SIDA Academic All American - Worcester, MA --- WPI men’s basketball student-athlete Matt Carr has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). Carr joins James Naughton (1996) and Mike Shannon (1997) as the only men’s basketball players to earn All-America status in the history of the program. >>

Hannmann Selected to Capital One Academic All-District I Women's Basketball First-Team - Worcester, MA --- Women’s basketball’s Lauren Hannmann has been selected as a Capital One Academic All-District I first-team honoree by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The voters represent NCAA Division II and III and NAIA programs in New England, New York and Eastern Canada. >>

Richard Wins Women's Track and Field's First Indoor D3 New England Championship

Cambridge, MA --- Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) became WPI's first-ever New England Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field champion Saturday afternoon when she captured the 400-meter dash at MIT with a time of 57.64. Richard and graduate student Krista Baker (Medfield, MA) both earned multiple All-New England individual honors while Richard also anchored the fifth place 4x400 relay team.

Spring Break is here and we’ll have coverage of WPI Baseball and Softball. Follow live stats of up to 14 of their combined 20 games down in Florida - Live Stats Coverage

Also for frequent updates, check us out online at and follow us on Twitter at @WPIAthletics

Noelle Richard captured Women’s Indoor Track and Field’s first ECAC Indoor Championship with a time of 57.17 Saturday in the 400 meters at NYU. Just moments ago it was learned that she has officially made the NCAA Championship field and will compete later this week at Capital University in Columbus OH. Richard is seeded 12th in the 400 meters.

Men’s Basketball hosted an NCAA Regional this week, knocking off Bridgewater State in thrilling fashion in the first round before falling to an outstanding Amherst squad. WPI ends the season with a 23-6 record and is just one of two Division III programs to have eight straight seasons of 20 or more wins.

Women’s Basketball defeated Suffolk in the ECAC Tournament before succumbing to eventual champion University of New England on the road in the semifinals. The Engineers wrap up another tremendous season with a 19-8 mark.

Have a great and safe spring break. See you at the games.


Men’s Athlete of the Week

Jeffrey Robinson - Men’s Basketball - Senior - Granby, CT
Jeffrey Robinson scored the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week honor for the week ending March 6th. The senior drained a 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left to lift Men’s Basketball past Bridgewater State, 58-57, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday night. Robinson finished the game with 23 points and went 8-for-9 from the free throw line. In Saturday’s loss to Amherst, the guard posted 21 points for a WPI career total of 1,282 and is 12th on the WPI leaderboard. Robinson end the season with an 88.9% free throw shooting and is currently 15th in Division III.

Women’s Athlete of the Week

Noelle Richard - Women’s Track and Field - Sophomore - Oxford, MA
Noelle Richard dashed to the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week accolade for the week ending March 6th. The sophomore won the ECAC Championship in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.17, an improvement over her time that won the New England Division III title, to win the event. The time is also resets the WPI record board for the 400. Early Monday morning Richard officially made the NCAA Championship field and will compete later this week at Capital University in Columbus OH. Richard is seeded 12th in the 400 meters.

Men’s Basketball (23-6 overall, 11-1 NEWMAC)

The Men’s Basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament by defeating Bridgewater State and were defeated by Amherst for the right to go to the round of 16. Senior Jeff Robinson's (Granby, CT) three-pointer with 14.5 seconds left was the difference as he helped lift WPI to a dramatic 58-57 victory over visiting Bridgewater State in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. With Bridgewater State up 55-53 with 1:46 remaining, Robinson helped the Crimson and Gray knot the score with a pair of free throws at 1:19. BSU then sank the back-end of a double-bonus opportunity for the one-point edge with 65 ticks left. The two squads would then trade possessions before the Bears gained the two-point cushion on two attempts at the charity stripe with 21 seconds remaining. That would set the stage for Robinson to help the Boynton Hillers overcome a 2-for-11 effort from downtown as his 21-foot attempt came from the top of the arc. Bridgewater State had one more chance for the go-ahead basket in the waning seconds, but a bid from the left wing was just to the right of the basket. A strong transition game jump started Bridgewater State as they opened the contest with a 12-4 run over the first five minutes and the Bears led 16-8 with 11:19 remaining in the half. But WPI used a 7-0 surge to get within one before a jumper and a lay-up brought the edge back up to five points (20-15). The Engineers, however, had other plans as Robinson would score four out of the next six tallies for the 21-20 advantage with 6:30 left. After three ties and three lead changes the Bears would eventually emerge with the 28-26 lead at the half. WPI opened the second half strong as they got things going with a 10-2 run for the 36-30 lead at the 15:22 mark. The Bears though came roaring back as they used an 11-4 spurt of their own to get within one point with 10:43 left on a jumper (41-40). A raucous crowd of 1,500 would then be treated to a trio of ties and three lead changes over the next nine minutes of game play as neither team would lead by more than three during that stretch. At WPI 2:08 would end a five minute field goal drought as junior Matt Carr (Somersworth, NH) tied the score before a lay-up gave the Bridgewater State their two-point lead with 1:46. Robinson led all players with 23 points including a eight-for-nine performance from the free throw line while Carr finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Junior Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) and classmate Jerome Stewart (Bloomfield, CT) both chipped in with eight points apiece. Senior Ben Etten (Hollis, NH) was a defensive presence for the Boynton Hillers with seven boards and five swipes. Both teams connected for around 40 percent for the game. Bridgewater State struggled from the free throw line as they were 53.3 percent for the contest (8-for-15) as WPI was 76 percent from the charity stripe for the game (16-for-21). The two squads would combine for 44 turnovers and 30 steals as BSU had the 18-12 edge in swipes. Over a third of the games total points came off of miscues (40 points). Both teams were held to below their season averages as BSU came into the contest with 82.4 points per game while the Crimson and Gray had a mean score of 71.1 in 27 contests. Amherst defeated WPI, 92-70, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. The Engineers end their season at 23-6 in their eighth tournament berth and sixth under head coach Chris Bartley. Robinson led all scorers with 21 points and four helpers as senior Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) added 14 points in 22 minutes of action. Junior Matt Carr (Somersworth, NH) finished with nine caroms, six points and four blocks for the Crimson and Gray. The Engineers trailed by four with 8:46 to play before intermission (26-22) before Amherst used an 18-1 run to take a commanding 44-23 edge four minutes later. Following a layup by Amherst, the Engineers buckled down on defense and netted four consecutive points to trim the lead to 17 points, but the Lord Jeffs would can two tallies from the charity stripe for the 48-20 advantage at the intermission. In the opening frame, the Lord Jeffs shrugged off an 0-for-3 stretch from beyond the arc to connect for nine of their next 13 shots from downtown. After Amherst scored the first four points of the second stanza for a 52-29 lead, the Crimson and Gray utilized strong full court pressure to rally with a 17-4 surge and make it a 56-46 game with 15:04 left to play. Robinson and Etten combined for 11 of the Engineers 17 points during that stretch. Following a pair of free throws by WPI junior Jaime Shannon (Lowell, MA) that made the score 59-48 at 13:18, Amherst went on a 7-2 spurt to open up a 67-50 advantage. The Boynton Hillers tried to get back into the game with a jumper by Perez with 10:45 remaining (67-52) and a lay-up by classmate David Brown (Lowell, MA) at the 9:25 mark (70-54), but that was as close as they would get the rest of the contest. Amherst finished with a blistering 53.4 shooting percent from the field for the game (31-for-58) as nearly half their offense came by way of the three point arc (15-for-29). The Lord Jeffs also enjoyed a 44-35 edge off the backboards and were credited with 21 assists on 31 made baskets. The Engineers ended the evening shooting 32 percent (22-for-68) overall and 19-for-24 from the charity stripe (79.2 percent). The Crimson and Gray ended with slim leads in points in the paint (30-27), points off of turnovers (15-12) as WPI's bench outscored their opponents, 33-23. Robinson ends his career 12th on WPI's all-time scoring list with 1,282 points. His total is the second highest among non-four-year players. Robinson, Nadeau, Etten and Ryan Stock (Grafton MA) all donned their Engineer uniforms for the last time on Saturday.

Women’s Basketball (19-8 overall, 14-4 NEWMAC)

Women’s Basketball was selected as the fourth seed to play in the ECAC New England Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament. The team won the quarterfinal matchup versus Suffolk on Wednesday before bowing out to University of New England on Saturday in the semifinals. .Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) led all players with 16 points and doled out a career-best nine assists to pace WPI to a 77-52 triumph over fifth-seeded Suffolk on Wednesday. WPI used a 29-8 spurt midway through the first half to transform a 7-6 deficit to a 20-point bulge. Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) keyed the surge with seven points and five rebounds including four on the offensive boards. The sophomore scored all 11 of her points in the first half. Kuhn and Hannmann led a WPI offensive attack that featured four double figure scorers. Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) tossed in 12 points while Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) chipped in with 11. Baillie McNally (Mapleville, RI) notched a strong all-around game with seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. WPI enjoyed a decisive 50-25 edge on the glass with Hannmann and Fontaine each hauling in nine rebounds. The Crimson and Gray sported a 44-18 advantage in points in the paint and tallied 14 of the game's 18 fast break points. On Saturday, the Univeristy of New England downed WPI 64-58. Trailing 32-24 just over two minutes into the second half, UNE went off on an 18-3 run over the next 7:22 to assume a 47-35 advantage. Big Blue would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. The Engineers countered with a 17-6 stretch of their own -- including four baskets from downtown -- to close the margin to just one (53-52) with 5:44 to play. A pair of free throws and a three-point play by UNE pushed the cushion back up to six (58-52), only to see the next five points go for WPI, leaving the UNE lead at one (58-57) with 53 seconds left on the clock. Senior Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) accounted for all five points to get the Engineers back in it. A jumper from the top of the key by the Nor’easters with 29 seconds remaining increased the difference to three (60-57), and following one free throw from WPI, the Nor'easter canned all four of theirs from the charity stripe in the last 16 seconds to seal the win. Kuhn paced the Engineers with 15 points, while junior Baillie McNally (Mapleville, RI) and first-year Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) each tallied 11. WPI (19-8), the tournament's fourth seed, jumped out in the early-going to an 11-2 lead after 3:49 of action. It's cushion peaked at 11 on three different occasions -- the last with 53 seconds to go in the opening frame -- before a pair of treys trimmed the UNE halftime deficit to five (27-22). Seniors Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA), Charlotte McDonnell (Swansea, MA) and Kuhn complete their career in an Engineer uniform. Fontaine finishes ninth on the WPI scoring list with 1,195 points.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) notched a top 10 finish in the 400-meter dash to lead Men's Indoor Track and Field in the ECAC Championships at the New York Armory on Saturday. Kocienski ran a 49.94 to capture ninth place as Kyle Morette (Leominster, MA) finished 17th (50.84) and Ryan Shooshan (Paxton, MA) was 23rd (51.41) in the 400. In the mile Lane Thornton (Richmond, VT) came home 23rd with a 4:24.11. The indoor portion of the season draws to a close and the outdoor season begins March 26th at Worcester State for the Worcester City Meet.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) won the ECAC Championship in the 400-meter dash as select WPI Women's Indoor Track and Field athletes competed at the New York Armory on Friday and Saturday. WPI finished 22nd as The College of New Jersey took home top honors as a team. Richard raced to a 57.17, an improvement over her time that won the New England Division III title, to win the event. The time is also resets the WPI record board for the 400. Because the performance was on a banked track, the time is converted and is currently 16th in Division III. Krista Baker (Medway, MA) finished seventh in the weight throw to earn All-ECAC honors as she heaved it 51-5. Baker launched the shot put 36-11 for 17th spot on Friday. Also on Friday, Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) placed 10th in the pentathlon with 2697 points as she finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (9.04) and the high jump (4-11). The sophomore also earned points in the long jump (9th – 14-7.75), 800-meter run (9th – 2:41.74) and the shot put (10th - 23-2.75). Early Monday morning Richard officially made the NCAA Championship field and will compete later this week at Capital University in Columbus OH. Richard is seeded 12th in the 400 meters.

Baseball (1-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Kyle Boucher (Manchester, NH) went the distance in a 9-2 win and Daniel Thomas (Manchester, NH) hit a pair of homers in the 8-6 loss as WPI Baseball split a doubleheader versus Wentworth to begin the 2011 campaign at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Sunday. WPI and Wentworth are now 1-1 on the young season. Boucher (1-0) gave up one earned run on six hits, while striking out three. Mitch McClune (Pembroke, MA) began the scoring with a home run on a 1-0 pitch in the first. In the fourth Matt Blakeman (Bedford, NH) doubled to drive in three runs as part of a stretch that saw the Engineers score four unearned runs. Blakeman would end the game with four RBI. Eight of the nine WPI starters collected hits in the night cap with catcher Kyle Bartosik's two-run single highlighting a three-run seven inning that gave Boucher some insurance. In the first game of the day, The Crimson and Gray jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first as McClune connected for a double to bring in two runs. McClune then crossed the plate on a single by John Flynn (Albion, ME). The Engineers held a 5-1 advantage going into the fifth when Wentworth put up three runs. WPI responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. The Leopards added four runs over the final two innings. An Engineer rally in the seventh was cut short by a double play on an infield ground ball. Bryan Watkins (Belmont, MA) allowed four runs in five innings and struck out five in the opening game. Shane Sampson (Worcester, MA) (0-1) was charged with the loss. WPI is back on the diamond Monday when they take on Anna Maria in a doubleheader beginning at 12:30pm. 

Softball (1-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, MA) pitched a complete game and freshman Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) hit a pair of home runs in a 6-0 WPI win over Rockford while dropping a 10-9 decision to Elms on Sunday to begin the 2011 season. WPI is now 1-1 as Rockford dips to 0-2 and Elms moves to 1-3. Flaherty (1-0) struck out eight and gave up four hits and just one walk in the shutout versus the Regents. It was the 10th career victory and third for shutout for the junior. McDonough's two homers brought in five of the six runs. She launched a two-run shot in the top of the third before blasting a three-run homer an inning later. Sophomore Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) cleared the fence in the third for her third career home run. Freshman Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) was 1-for-2 with a run scored in the victory and was Flaherty's battery mate in the shutout. In the opener, Elms used a beavy of unearned runs to jump out to a 5-0 lead after just two innings. The Engineers can storming back with a six-run bottom of the fourth inning but the Blazers answered right back with a five spot to retake the 10-6. The Crimson and Gray chipped away would fall one run short. Seniors Sarah Johnson (Eastham, MA), Kim Martilla (Kings Park, MA) and freshman Maddie Willer (Penfield NY) all registered multiple hits for WPI. Softball opens its season with a pair of games on March 6th at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Cape Coral, Florida. The team faces Elms at 1pm and Rockford (IL) at 3pm.

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