Demonstrating your expertise
Before you graduate, you’ll complete a LEEP Capstone in your major independently or as part of a group. The Capstone will involve advanced work that addresses an issue, problem, or theme of significance in your field or in the world, and it can take the form of a thesis, project, or 200-level course. In consultation with a faculty member, you will define and carry forward the project on your own initiative.
Completing a LEEP Capstone demonstrates your mastery of the LEEP Learning Outcomes and signals to professors, potential employers, and graduate programs that you have the potential to make extraordinary contributions in your discipline, workplace, and community. Students are encouraged to document their achievement publicly, whether by chronicling their experiences though a blog, submitting a paper to an academic journal, or presenting at a research conference or at Clark’s Academic Spree Day.
A world of opportunity
Students pursue projects on or off campus, in Worcester or another part of the world. Students’ spectacular range of capstone projects has included:
- A documentary chronicling an Armenian NGO’s peace-building efforts
- Clinical rotations in the emergency department and other areas of Bellevue Hospital
- An internship at a sustainable farm in Massachusetts
- Summer course instruction on government and history to low-income middle school students
- Creation of a training manual for the Salem Witch Museum to provide new employees with a history of the Salem and European witch trials, and instruction in public speaking
- Research on the effects of ethno-nationalism on gentrification in the city of Haifa, Israel
- A laboratory-based study of the biochemical and biophysical aspects of a specific protein
- An internship at an urban architecture conservation firm in Bogotá, Colombia