crb845: Capstone Research Project
Year 2, Spring Semester (1 credit)
The completion of the M.S. in Biotechnology degree includes a final capstone thesis paper that demonstrates a full and complete understanding of your work in the program. The capstone is an enriching opportunity for each student to pursue a deeper analysis and understanding of a topic of personal interest.
For the capstone project, each student will:
- Identify and define an important global problem, then identify and define a novel biotechnology-based technology solution to that problem
- Analyze the economic logic of your problem and solution: Who are the customers and who will pay for the product? Is there a reasonable market for the product? Could a company charge enough to warrant development of the product? Who are the current and potential competitors?
- Identify insightful business and technical questions to research
- Determine the most effective resources to research the problem
- Describe the technical and business research findings clearly, concisely, and logically
- Identify a company to implement your proposed solution to augment their current portfolio
- Analyze and interpret both technical and business findings critically reliant on your learning throughout the program
- Discuss global / international technical and business considerations (using information and tools covered throughout the M.S. in Biotechnology Program)
- Identify credible business and technical solutions and recommendations
Based on your analysis, propose a strategy for your selected company to implement your technology. Discuss obstacles and challenges associated with the implementation of your proposed solutions and strategy. Acknowledge unanswered / unanswerable questions. Create a succinct and complete executive summary that covers all of the major discussion points in the entire paper.