Boston, Massachusetts Project Center - IQP

Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
A-Term during early fall
Project Opportunities: 

Boston is a world-class city, featuring a wealth of cultural, educational, recreational, and tourist attractions. It offers all the amenities of a large urban city along with access to beautiful parks, beaches, and bike trails. In 2018 it was listed as one of the best cities for finding a job – a testament to its vibrant high-tech, bio-tech, and educational sectors. Students at the Boston Project Center will have the opportunity to explore the city - perhaps as a place to live and work after graduation - while completing projects related to sustainability and climate change,management of environmental resources, and public health and safety. Students at the Boston Project Center complete their projects while living in Worcester and commuting to Boston, making it a low-cost option for an off-campus IQP experience.
 

Projects are developed in collaboration with sponsors that have identified challenges in the areas of:

  • sustainability and climate change,
  • environmental issues, and
  • public health and safety. 

Projects are designed to give students the experience of working on important challenges that require integration of technological, social, economic, and political factors. Past sponsors have included local and state government agencies and local community-based organizations: Boston Harbor Now, City of Boston, City of Chelsea, GreenRoots, MA Department of Environmental Protection, and MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  

For example, in previous projects, Boston students have:

  • Identified opportunities in Massachusetts for increasing use of renewable energy in clean-up of contaminated industrial sites
  • Assessed risks and vulnerabilities associated with power loss in wastewater facilities and needs for back-up power systems 
  • Recommended strategies for improving community resilience to heat waves in the City of Chelsea
  • Developed policy recommendations to reduce flood risks in Boston from sea level rise and severe storms 
  • Identified best practices for integrating public access to the Boston’s shoreline, economic development, and resilience to climate change