NEW CANAAN, Conn. - New Canaan’s Lily Kurtzman, a junior majoring in humanities and arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in Santa Fe, N.M.
The project was titled "Tribal Broadcasting: Promoting Youth Enterprises and Preserving Native Culture Through Media."
At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue.
About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university's 35 off-campus project centers, which are located around the world.
A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people's lives--and make a difference before they graduate.
Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics.
Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Perspective Program. There are more than 35 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.