The DRFN congratulates Valerie Boutin, Caitlin Butler, Samuel Kesseli and Mary Clare McCorry, students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the USA, who were awarded the President’s IQP Award 2011 for their study titled: Improving Water Quality and Sanitation in Rural Namibian Communities: a baseline assessment on Odendaal farms and development of community-integrated implementation. This study was conducted under the rural component of the E-CAP project.
The Integrative Qualifying Project (IQP) is part of WPI’s innovative project-based curriculum. All students are required to complete a research-driven project known as the IQP. IQPs are conducted around the world at WPI’s 26 international project centers. These projects offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in tackling important problems that blend science, technology, social issues, and human needs. In doing so, students develop an understanding of other cultures and see how their lives and work can make a real-life impact on their host communities.
The best IQPs are honored each January at the President’s IQP Awards Competition. This year, forty-five teams submitted entries which were reviewed by a faculty screening panel.