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BIS Capstones Scheduled for December 10-11 in Northern Virginia and Charlottesville

Nine students will be delivering their Capstone Presentations for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) on December 10 in Northern Virginia and on December 11 in Charlottesville. 

The Capstone Project is a two-semester process in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, engage with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines, and - with the guidance of a faculty mentor - produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the topic. 

Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic in which they have some competence based on their academic work, professional experience, or exploration of future career options. The Capstone Project is both a valuable intellectual experience and also a vehicle through which students can demonstrate their research, analytical, and writing skills to either prospective employers or graduate and professional schools.

Completion of the Capstone is required for graduation.

Presentation topics include:

  • Procurement Advocacy Efforts to Increase the Federal Market Share for Small Business and Its Subsets
  • The Port of Long Beach: The Environment and the Economy
  • Reproducibility of Scientific Studies
  • Examining the Ways in Which the United States Can Draw Upon Successful Conversation Legislation to Curtail the Spread of Single-Use Plastic Bags
  • Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography: Photography as a Connectivity and Healing Tool
  • Financial Profitability for LEED-Certified Ecologically-Sustainable Commercial Real Estate within the United States
  • Payday Loans and Financial Institutions: Bridging the Disparity
  • Citizenship in Crisis: Discrimination Against Muslim-Americans Contributes to Social Ostracization and Civic Disengagement