Your goal in the Capstone Project is to integrate and extend your academic study of environmental science and policy to a real-world problem. While completing the Capstone Project may appear daunting, our experience has been that students find the project wonderfully fulfilling. Take this opportunity to delve into a subject both important to our understanding of the world, and of personal interest to you.
You can choose to complete either a thesis or an internship for your Capstone Project; make your choice in consultation with your academic advisor or other faculty. The links below provide access to all the information and forms you need to begin your Capstone Project.
- Identify advisor(s):
• On-campus advisor required for both thesis and internship options
• In addition, for the internship option, an advisor at the place of internship
- Submit two documents to the Environmental Science Program Coordinator:
• Capstone Declaration
• Capstone Advisor Agreement
- Prepare and submit a Problem Statement.
- Prepare and submit a Thesis or Internship Proposal.
- Do the work.
- Write a paper describing the results of your work.
- Give a presentation of the results of your work.
Getting Started: Capstone Project Guidelines and Forms
- Thesis option:
• Capstone Thesis Project Guidelines (read these today)
• Capstone Thesis Declaration form (complete and submit to the Program Coordinator)
• Capstone Thesis Advisor Agreement form (complete and submit to the Program Coordinator)
- Internship option:
• Capstone Internship Project Guidelines (read these today)
• Capstone Internship Declaration form (complete and submit to the Program Coordinator)
• Capstone Internship Advisor Agreement form (complete and submit to the Program Coordinator)
- For those who have not begun the Capstone process (at least one semester prior to graduation):
• Monday, Week 2 of semester: Town Meeting. All Juniors and Seniors required to attend, all others strongly encouraged to attend.
• Monday, Week 3: Contact advisor and arrange advising.
• Monday, Week 4: Problem Statement due to advisor and Environmental Science Program Committee.
• Monday, Week 6: Draft proposal due to advisor and Program Committee.
• Monday, Week 10: Final proposal due to advisor and Program Committee.
- For those completing the Capstone process:
• Last week of semester: Capstone presentations.
• Last week of semester: Capstone papers due to Program Committee.