Santa Fe, NM Project Center (IQP)
Santa Fe is the oldest (1610 AD) and highest (7,200 ft.) state capital in North America. Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this quaint town of 70,000 is perched high above the Rio Grande in north-central New Mexico. In less than half an hour, it is possible to travel from downtown Santa Fe to the national forest, where skiing above 13,000 feet is available until April. Santa Fe is a major center for Native American culture, a mecca for both active and retired scientists and avant-garde artists. Due to the proximity of the Los Alamos National Lab and the establishment of the world-renowned Santa Fe Institute, founded by George Cowan (WPI Class of ’41), the city has attracted world-class researchers, including several Nobel-prize winners, in the fields of physics, biology, economics, and political science. Weather in A Term will start in the low to mid-80's and cool down to the 60's by the end of the term.
WPI students live near the Santa Fe Plaza, in the downtown area, and travel to local sponsoring agencies by public transportation. Students are housed in private casitas with 3-4 students per house. Casitas have full shared kitchens, shared bathrooms, and shared bedrooms in most cases. Housing is walking distance to the center of town and the housing provider offers a shuttle to local shopping malls for grocery shopping. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Students generally prepare their own meals in the housing or go out for dinner in Santa Fe. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Santa Fe students have:
- Evaluated strategies for the establishments of a low power FM radio station to facilitate communication in a Native American community
- Designed a communication system and irrigation layouts to improve water efficiency in a pueblo
- Created a digital 3D model of the Santa Fe Indian School for historical and planning purposes
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Santa Fe can be found here: Santa Fe Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you.