President's IQP Awards

The IGSD is now accepting submissions for the 2018 President’s IQP Award Competition.  

Students who have completed IQPs during the 2017-2018 academic year are encouraged to enter the competition.  
 
The deadline for entry is Friday 21 September @4:00 pm. Students must have an executive summary of their project report to enter. 
 
Entry form can be found here

Entry Rules and Guidelines

1.     A project may be submitted any time after its completion.

Completion is defined as follows: If the Registrar has recorded the Completion of Degree Requirement form (CDR), the project is completed for those students named on the forms.

2.     A project may be submitted only once.
3.     To enter the competition, the project author(s) must:

  • Fill out the competition entry form online 
  • Submit a separate Executive Summary (file size 16MB max) including the title of the project and the names of the students. The executive summary should be no more than five single-spaced pages in 12pt font. Note: You may revise the executive summary submitted with your final project report for this purpose. This summary should accurately represent the report and call attention to those features of the project which are felt to be outstanding and worthy of consideration by the Awards Committee. This summary is a major factor in the preliminary appraisal stage. Projects are unlikely to get beyond the preliminaries if the summary is poorly written. We urge you to discuss your Executive Summary with your advisor.   
  • Project report. Normally, electronic copies of the project are available in the Gordon Library’s database. A link to the report should be provided on the entry form. If the report is not available through the library please consult with the IGSD regarding access to the report.
  • Notify your IQP advisor(s) that you will be entering your project in the competition.

4.     Project advisors will be asked to comment, in writing, on the project for the Awards Committee. A positive recommendation from the advisor(s) is required before a project will move beyond the preliminary stage to the finalist stage.

Competition Guidelines

Projects will be judged and awards made once each academic year.
1.     The awards will be made for the first, second, and the third places at the discretion of the judges.
2.     Projects will be judged using the following system:

Preliminary review of all entries. 

The Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD) will appoint a faculty screening panel to read and review the project executive summaries and reports.  This committee will select the best five or six projects as finalists.

The Final judging

The Awards Committee, which includes external judges, will read the summaries and review the project reports of the finalists.

In Term C, the authors of the selected projects will be invited to make a 20 minute presentation of their project during the final judging.

The competition winners will be announced by the judges at a reception following the oral presentations.

The competition presentation this year will be on Friday, February 1, 2018 in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum.

Additional Information

For additional information, contact Ruth McKeogh at the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division in the Project Center building.

 

2017 President's IQP Award

The President's IQP awards are given to student teams whose conception, performance, and presentation of their Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQPs) have been judged outstanding in focusing on the relationships among science, technology, and the needs of society. Of the 50 entries in 2017, five teams were chosen as finalists. 

Congratulations to the Two Winning Teams 

Students: William Bennett, Emily Chretien,Sophia Gomarlo and Peter Hurley
Project Name:  A Recommended Recycling Processing System for the Informal Waste Collectors of Oshakati, Namibia
Advisors:  Robert Kinicki and Sarah Wodin-Schwartz

Left to right : Emily Chretien, Peter Hurley, William Bennett, Sophia Gomarlo, Laurie Leshin,
Kent Rissmiller, Alexander Alvarez, Julia Dunn, Katharine Dunphy, Alexander   Lemmon

Students:  Alexander Alvarez, Julia Dunn, Katharine Dunphy and Alexander Lemmon
Project Name:  Eye Care Delivery Through Data Sharing Technology
Advisors:  Michael Aghajanian and Diran Apelian

Congratulations to All the Finalists

The five teams chosen as finalists (in no particular order):

  • A Citizen Science Platform for Long-Term Monitoring of Microplastic Pollution in Port Phillip Bay
    Students: Andrea Bayas, Maura Buckley, Cierra Ford and Javier Lawes 
    Advisors: Stephen McCauley and William Michalson
  • A Recommended Recycling Processing System for the Informal Waste Collectors of Oshakati, Namibia
    Students: William Bennett, Emily Chretien, Sophia Gomarlo and Peter Hurley
    Advisors: Robert Kinicki and Sarah Wodin-Schwartz
  • Improving Eye Care Delivery Through Data Sharing Technology
    Students: Alexander Alvarez, Julia Dunn, Katharine Dunphy and Alexander Lemmon
    Advisors: Michael Aghajanian and Diran Apelian
  • Northborough Composting: A Peri-Urban Land Conflict
    Students: Nick Bograd, Brett Carbonneau, Alexander Krasa and Benjamin Preston
    Advisors: Corey Denenberg Dehner and Derren Rosbach
  • Stormwater Management Educational Materials for Central Massachusetts Municipalities
    Students: Alex Legere, Anthony Perullo, Amy Toscano and Justin Waters, 
    Advisors: Corey Denenberg Dehner and Purvi Shah

Browse President's IQP Awards Recipients

Year Recipient Award level Type Details
2017 Alexander Alvarez, Julia Dunn, Katharine Dunphy, Alexander Lemmon Winner Undergraduate

"Improving Eye Care Delivery Through Data Sharing Technology"

Advisors: Michael Aghajanian and Diran Apelian

2017 William Bennett, Emily Chretien, Sophia Gomarlo, Peter Hurley Winner Undergraduate

"A Recommended Recycling Processing System for the Informal Waste Collectors of Oshakati, Namibia"

Advisors: Robert Kinicki and Sarah Wodin-Schwartz

2017 Alex Legere, Anthony Perullo, Amy Toscano, Justin Waters Finalist Undergraduate

"Stormwater Management Educational Materials for Central Massachusetts Municipalities"

Advisors: Corey Denenberg Dehner and Purvi Shah

2017 Andrea Bayas, Maura Buckley, Cierra Ford, Javier Lawes Finalist Undergraduate

"A Citizen Science Platform for Long-Term Monitoring of Microplastic Pollution in Port Phillip Bay"

Advisors: Stephen McCauley and William Michalson

2017 Nick Bograd, Brett Carbonneau, Alexander Krasa, Benjamin Preston Finalist Undergraduate

"Northborough Composting: A Peri-Urban Land Conflict"

Advisors: Corey Denenberg Dehner and Derren Rosbach

2016 Natalie Diltz, Jena Mazzucco, Austin Scott, Jeffrey Sirocki Winner Undergraduate

"Stakeholder Student: Resource Management of Wairarapa Moana"

Advisors: Professors Bethel Eddy and Robert Kinicki

2016 Edward Dring, Victoria Johnson, Jacob Maalouf First Runner Up Undergraduate

"Improving Healthcare Coordination in the Mandi District"

ITT Mandi Students: Gopal Aggarwal, Naman Gupta

Advisors: Drs. S. McCauley, Ingrid Shockey, Varun Dutt & R. Padmanabhan

2016 Cara Bereznai, Bryce Kaw-Uh, Benjamin Parent, Catherine Souza Finalist Undergraduate

"Examining the Development of Nature-Urban Routes in San Jose, Costa Rica"

Advisors: Professors Melissa Belz and Derren Rosbach

2016 Everett Baker, Tyler Bennett, James Mosteller, John Williams Finalist Undergraduate

"Evaluating the Need for a Consumer Focused Smoke Alarm Performance System"

Advisors: Professors Fred Looft and Briggitte Servatius

2016 Megan Belval, Naumilda Como, Cameron Jones, Conrad Ruiz Finalist Undergraduate

"Preventing Violence Against Women: Training Resources to Empower the Broadmeadows Community"

Advisors: Professors Holly Ault and James Hanlan

2016 Eric Fast, Mary Prescott, Talia Solomon, Meghan Trahan Honorable Mention Undergraduate

"Alternative Water Treatment: Designing a floating island that integrates social & technical elements at American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece"

Advisors: Professors Nicola Bulled, and Robert Hersh

2015 Christina Noyes, Samantha Ervin, Julia LaValley, Jacob Mercier, Jonathan Mirabito Winner Undergraduate

Project Name: Building Hope: Empowerment through Improving Facilities at the Sizakuyenza Safe House
Advisors: Professors Scott Jiusto and Stephen McCauley  

2015 Connor Gillespie, Brien Hard, Casey Rota, Saloni Sachar First Runner Up Undergraduate

Project Title: Lighting the Way to Fire Safety: Reducing Fire Risk in Namibia's Informal Sector Housing
Advisors: Professors Holly Ault and Tom Robertson

 

2015 John Cotter, Victor Hu, Alejandro Miranda, Hannah Reinertsen Finalist Undergraduate

Evaluation of the Feasibility of Establishing a Waste Collection Facility to Serve the Community of Cantera

2015 Joseph Hill, Hailey Cambra, David Knutson, Sunny Sang Nguyen Finalist Undergraduate

A Case Study in Costa Rica: The Impacts of Refrigerants

Advisors: Professors Aarti Madan and Ryan Madan

2015 Mitchell Lentz, Alejandro Leiro, Luis Diego Paredes Finalist Undergraduate

Assessing Gharats of the Kamand Valley-IQP India

Indian Institute of Technology Students: Aman Agrawal, Aman Garg
WPI Advisors: Professors Lorraine Higgins and Ingrid Shockey

Indian Institute of Technology Professors: Dr. Aditi Halder and Dr. Prasun Jana  

2015 Abigail M DaBoil-Lavoie, Jacquelyn M Fanning, Fernando Galvez, Richard E Thyden Honorable Mention Undergraduate

Developing a Mentorship Program Between Al Akhawayn University and the Rita Zniber Foundation Orphanage 

Advisor: Professor Frederick Hart

 

2015 Kevin Ackerman, John Colfer Honorable Mention Undergraduate

A Bicycle Share Plan for Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Advisors: Professors Kristin Boudreau and Richard Vaz  

2014 Bror Axelsson, Jaclyn DeCristoforo, Kyla Rodger, Aida Waller Finalist Undergraduate

"Worcester Earn-A-Bike: Creating an Adaptive Bicycle"

Advisors: Corey Dehner and Stephen McCauley

2014 Kanv Garg, Sampath Kumar, Brianna Mikolich, Fiona Ogren, Justin Rice, Mahesh Yadav Finalist Undergraduate

"Implications of Introducing the IIT Mandi to the Rural Kamand Region"

Advisors: Ingrid Shockey, Rajeshwari Dutt (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi Advisor)

2014 Matthew Jackson, Thomas Kostelak, Leah Pervere, Sarah Quatieri Finalist Undergraduate

"Development of the Inspire Engineering Mentoring Program"

Advisors: Laureen Elgert and Scott Jiusto

2014 Sawin Areepipatkul, Marc Gelin, Nathan Longnecker, Phornphit Manageracharath, Laura Pumphrey, Corre Steele, Nontach Thanawatyanyong Finalist Undergraduate

"Development and Initiation of Sustainable Wastewater Management in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand"

Advisors: Creighton Peet, Gary Pollice, Patchanita Thamyongkit (Chulalongkorn University Advisor)

2014 Shiv Sankar Baishya, Alyssa Bornstein, Shoubhik Debnath, Jan Keleher, Suraj Malode, Lena Pafumi, Sachin Saini Finalist Undergraduate

"Proposal for Traffic Congestion Alleviation in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India"

Advisors: Ingrid Shockey, Arti Kashyap (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi Advisor)

2014 Anne Jacobsen, Malick Kelly, Logan Roche, Evan White Honorable Mention Undergraduate

"Recycling by Bicycle: A Green Alternative to Expand Recycling and Create Jobs in Windhoek"

Melissa Belz and Robert Hersh

2014 Lucine Bahtiarian, Tyler Collins, Kathering Connors, Zachary Goddard Honorable Mention Undergraduate

"Maitland Garden Village Perseverance Park Redevelopment"

Advisors: Lorraine Higgins and Scott Jiusto

2012 Adam Cadwallader, Victoria Hewey, Evren Simsek, Santiago Isaza Finalist Undergraduate

"Supporting Urban Beekeeping Livelihood Strategies in Cape Town"

Advisors: Scott Jiusto and Steve Taylor 

2012 Donal Boyd, Brennan Ashton, Lauren Bisacky, Jesscia Lopez Finalist Undergraduate

"Lights on the Horizon: A Socioeconomic Impact Evaluation of Rural Electrification in Tsumkwe, Namibia"

Advisors: Svetlana Nikitina and Thomas Robertson

2012 Jonathan Cline, Emily Domingue, Emily Fournier, Marco Villar Finalist Undergraduate

"Sustainable Paper Insulation for Kambashus in Informal Settlements of Namibia"

Advisors: Svetlana Nikitina and Thomas Robertson

2012 Kassondra Hickey, Xavier Miller, Richard Valdes, Frank Bruton Finalist Undergraduate

"Designing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan for El Yunque National Forest"

Advisors: Aarti Madan and Creighton Peet

2012 Sarah Bober, Devin Harrison, Rachel Hickcox, Chelsea Miller, Collaborating Thai students: Gun Charoensiri, Suthamma Sa-nguankulchai, Piyada Sutthanusorn Finalist Undergraduate

"Heat Impacts on Occupational Health: A Comparison Between Agricultural and Industrial Settings in the Time of Climate Change"

Advisors: Ingrid Shockey, and Bland Addison

2011 Valerie Anne Boutin, Caitlin Elyse Butler, Samuel James Kesseli, Mary Clare McCorry First Place Undergraduate

"Improving Water and Sanitation in Rural Namibian Communities"

Advisors: I. Shockey and U. Brisson

2010 Chelsea C. Sheehan, Heidi P. Robertson First Place Undergraduate

"Evaluating ‘Business Opportunities with Solar Energy in Un-Electrified Areas’ in Namibia"

Advisors:  R. Ludwig and S. Nikitina

2010 Blake A. Kelly, Melanie K. Donahue, Joshua D. Matte Second Place Undergraduate

"Designing a Water and Sanitation Centre Prototype for Monwabisi Park, Cape Town"

Advisors: S. Jiusto and J. Petruccelli

2010 Elizabeth L. Casey, Michael A. Ciampa, Cailah S. DeRoo Second Place Undergraduate

"Designing Safe Playgrounds for the Klong Toey Community"

Advisors:  T. Robertson and B. Servatius

2010 Patrick DeSantis, James Montgomery, Sean Levesque Second Place Undergraduate

"An Electronic Interface to Aid in Learning How to Play a Musical Instrument"

Advisors: F. Bianchi and A. Wyglinski

2010 Sahil S. Bhagat, Danielle C. Fontaine, Karl Gibson Second Place Undergraduate

"Analysis of Privacy and Interoperability Issues Affecting Danish Consumers of Health IT Systems"

Advisor: H. Ault

2009 Christopher R. Lizewski, Marcella C. Granfone, Daniel J. Olecki First Place Undergraduate

"Water and Sanitation in Monwabisi Park, Cape Town"

Advisors: Scott Jiusto and Robert Hersh

2009 Aubrey D. Ortiz, Hilary A. Rotatori, Elizabeth A. Schreiber, George von Roth Second Place Undergraduate

Hydroponic Farming in Mahasarakham: Integrating Hydroponics into the Agricultural Curriculum While Introducing Entrepreneurial Skills

2009 Christopher D. Gabrielson, Stephen W. Hanly, Laura E. Montville Second Place Undergraduate

"Leicester Energy Study"

Advisor: Fred Looft

2009 Debra-Ann Franck, William W. Mayo, Matthew R. Tomasko, Yanxuan Xie Second Place Undergraduate

"Mapping as a Foundation for Spatial Redevelopment in Monwabisi Park"

Advisors: Scott Jiusto and Robert Hersh

2009 Diana M. Berlo, Jennifer L. Hunt, Amanda L. Martori, Justin L. Skelly Second Place Undergraduate

"Wind Generation on Nantucket"

Advisor: Michael Elmes

2008 Lauren N. Alex, Jessy L. Cusack, Augustina I. Mills, Alejandro E. Sosa-Boyd First Place Undergraduate

"Design and Construction of a Communal Laundry Station in Monwabisi Park, Cape Town"

Advisors: Scott Jiusto, Stephen Weininger

2008 Kenneth J. Barnett, Derek J. Eggiman, Jesse O. Sawyer Second Place Undergraduate

"Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Related to Food: A Study of Two Cafeterias in the Danish Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk"

Advisor: Peter Christopher

2008 Michael C. Hyde, Sean W. Seymour, Daniel W. Tennant, Minh H. Truong Second Place Undergraduate

"Four Tourists and Hong Kong's Harbourfront: A Survey of the Waterfront of Victoria Harbour"

Advisors: Kevin Clements, Paul Davis

2008 Nicholas D. Careau, Martha F. Gray, Charlie A. Mezak, Phyllis A. Wall Second Place Undergraduate

"Managing Water and Sanitation in the Fish River Basin"

Advisors: Creighton Peet, Reinhold Ludwig

2008 Steve H. Shin, Natasha L. Deschene, Daniel M. Morehouse, Max A. Kuhns Second Place Undergraduate

"Evaluating the Effectiveness of Hands-On-History at the Tower of London"

Advisors: Peter Hansen, Stanley Selkow

2007 Jason P. Frey, Ryan S. Kendrick, Jodi M. Lowell, John M. Rothermel First Place Undergraduate

"Energy Profiling for Off-Grid Energization Solutions in Namibia"

Advisors: Robert Krueger & Fred Looft

2007 Danielle A. Dionne, Amanda L. Tichy, Jessica E. Sullivan-Keizer, Derrick DiConti Second Place Undergraduate

"HIV/AIDS Prevention Education: A Look at the HIV/AIDS Awareness activities at the Polytechnic of Namibia"

Advisors: Robert Krueger & Fred Looft

2007 Shannon E. O'Toole, Brandon R. Finzel, Justin Perron, Jacob E. Russell Second Place Undergraduate

"Noise Data Farming for the City of Boston"

Advisors: Chrysanthe Demetry & Kevin Clements

2007 Gabriel Baldwin, Benjamin Childs, Carolyn Hunter, Victoria Urrea Third Place Undergraduate

Developing a Strategy to Improve Solar Home System Sustainability in Rural Thailand

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