The LEEP Project
Delve deeply, demonstrate mastery
The LEEP Project is an opportunity for Clark students—typically juniors—to take what they've learned at Clark and explore its hands-on applications. Projects focus on working with external organizations and take many different forms, such as creating a product for a local business, assisting non-profits in a developing country, or engaging in a research project.
A culminating experience, the LEEP Project enables students to demonstrate their mastery of the five LEEP Learning Outcomes and prepare to make positive contributions to the world through their careers and personal lives.
The LEEP Project: The Details
Who participates in the LEEP Project?
The LEEP Project is designed for rising seniors in good academic standing. LEEP Projects can be completed by individuals or by teams. Students work closely with a staff or faculty mentor as well as an external partner, such as a corporate or nonprofit manager, Clark alumnus/a, or research institute.
What types of projects do students complete?
A LEEP Project responds to the needs of an external organization, build on an existing research program, or be self-initiated as in the case of an artistic or entrepreneurial endeavor. A number of projects are sponsored by Clark alumni and are completed offsite — at laboratories and field-based research sites, nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, and more.
What is required of LEEP Fellows?
LEEP Fellows are expected to complete approximately 150 hours on the LEEP Project and to attend workshops on topics such as collaboration, project management, professionalism and presentation skills. Students are also expected to reflect deeply on their learning experiences and present their projects during Fall Fest or Academic Spree Day.
What can students expect?
Students complete their projects during the summer. Students receive support from LEEP Center staff, a faculty or staff mentor, and a project supervisor and may be eligible for a $2,500 stipend if no other funding sources are available. Academic credit may be granted based on the approval a faculty adviser.