More Bedford Students Complete WPI Intensive Research Projects

June 13, 2023

Note: This is from a press release sent by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in addition to information from the parent of one of the students:

Here are more Bedford students who finished their Major Qualifying Projects (MQP) at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

All students at WPI are required to complete a senior thesis as part of the university’s distinctive project-based educational experience called the Major Qualifying Project (MQP), one that is usually team-based and often focuses on very specific issues or needs of an organization that has partnered with the university to sponsor the student’s work.

Among the Bedford students who completed their projects are:

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  • Natalie McClain, majoring in Computer Science, Class of 2023, completed the project titled “Verifiably Correct Surgical Robots.”
  • Christina Avakian, majoring in Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2023, completed the project titled “Injectable Glycosaminoglycan-Based Drug Delivery System.”
  • Also of note is Lara Varjabedian, a 2017 graduate of Bedford High School. She was a member of the WPI Class of 2022, graduating with a BS in Architectural Engineering with a minor in Sustainability Engineering. Her senior Major Qualifying Project was “Modular Homes for Artsakh Refugees.”

A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, project-based learning offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-an experience that changes the student and their world.

“It’s inspiring to see the creativity and skills that our students bring to these projects, as well as the professionalism with which they present their research,” says Arne Gericke, interim dean of undergraduate studies and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “Their experience managing a major project like this-including identifying a problem and researching all of the implications and possible solutions while also managing team dynamics over an extended period of several months-sets them up well for success not only in their first jobs after graduation but throughout their careers.”

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