Kallie Case of Phoenix, a member of the class of 2024 majoring in biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense research project titled “Diffusion of Renewable Energy in Albanian Municipalities.”

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology that addresses an important societal need or issue. 

About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s 50-plus off-campus project centers located around the world. The innovative undergraduate project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge, developing thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives and make a difference before they graduate.

“The WPI project-based curriculum’s focus on global studies brings students out of the classroom and their comfort zones and into the global community to apply their knowledge and to solve problems,” said Professor Kent Rissmiller, professor of integrative and global studies and associate dean of The Global School. 

“Students are immersed in all aspects of a different culture, from the way people live and work to the values they hold to the foods they eat — all valuable perspectives for surviving and thriving in today’s global marketplace. They also learn the meaning and magic of teamwork; make a real and meaningful difference in their host community; and gain a competitive edge for any resume, or graduate or professional school application.”