Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center (IQP)
The Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center is a branch of the Worcester Community Project Center. The WROC is dedicated to assisting Central and Eastern Massachusetts municipalities or watershed associations with their water resource needs. Students will have the opportunity to work on groundbreaking water issues such as storm water management, climate change mitigation, and drinking water infrastructure. WROC students will be partnered with an Eastern or Central Massachusetts municipality and a water resource expert. WROC students will receive regular water related tutorials during their PQP meetings. The WROC will complete non-advocacy, hands-on, action oriented, research projects of immediate utility to Central and Eastern Massachusetts cities and towns.
The Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center (WROC) is an off-campus project center. Students will commute to work at the Worcester Community Project Center offices in downtown Worcester or at their sponsoring organization.
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 WROC students have:
- Analyzed potential improvements to meet drinking water quality standards and supply demands in Leicester, MA
- Assisted local municipalities with challenges they face managing stormwater runoff
- Evaluated public buildings in Chelsea, MA to determine structural and geographical characteristics that cause them to be at risk for coastal flood events, as well as their sensitivity to current and future flooding
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 the WROC can by term at the top of this page by clicking on this links in the "Estimated Expenses" section.
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.