All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Boston is a world-class city, featuring a wealth of cultural, educational, recreational, and tourist attractions. Students at the Boston Project Center complete their projects while living in Worcester and commuting to Boston. This arrangement helps to reduce student expenses while also providing ample opportunities to explore the City’s many offerings—they can trek the Freedom Trail, visit the Museum of Science, take in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, relax at the Boston Public Garden, and head over to Boston’s many shopping areas, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Projects typically address topics related to sustainability and climate change, the environment, and public health, and often include field work in the City’s neighborhoods and the greater Boston area. Sponsors have included the US Environmental Protection Agency, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, City of Chelsea and MIT Sea Grant, Boston Fire Department, New England Aquarium, the Boston Harbor Association.
Sustainability – Recommendations for innovative approaches to stormwater management using green infrastructure, guidelines for increasing the use of wastewater heat energy recovery in MA, criteria for enhancing resiliency in distributed renewable energy systems , recommendations for reducing the vulnerability of buildings along Boston Harbor to flooding from sea level rise, and completion of a climate change vulnerability assessment for the City of Chelsea. Environmental issues – Methods for reducing the entanglement of whales in fishing gear and development of an interactive museum exhibit to educate visitors about threats to whales from entanglement, and collection and analysis of environmental data about Chelsea Creek for the Environmental Protection Agency. Public health - Improving public safety through the inventory and mapping of all underground fuel tanks for the Boston Fire Department, development of educational materials about bacterial contamination of drinking water sources, and recommendations for improving the housing and standard of living for migrant farm laborers in Massachusetts.