STIP Capstone Conference

Kirby School’s STIP Program (Science and Technology Intensive Path) offers students who are passionate about science, engineering and mathematics to dive deeply into subject matter, take more classes related to their field of interest, secure research and internship opportunities, collaborate with professionals and ultimately participate in a Capstone Project which is presented each spring at our Capstone Conference.

Students produce professional level posters and provide an oral presentation of their work. This year, the keynote address will be delivered by Beata Jarosiewicz, Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University’s Braingate.

Students participating in the STIP Program commit a significant amount of time to this project and their education, including:

  • Attending the monthly STIP Speaker events which are talks by visiting STEM professionals
  • Committing between 60 hours (for two units of credit) to 120 hours (for four units of credit) or more on their projects, including time interning. This is the minimum. Some students have spent over two years on their projects and have even built in prior research endeavors completed earlier in their education.
  • Submitting a project proposal to be approved by a Kirby mentor, their external mentors where relevant, and the STIP coordinators.
  • Meeting a range of minimum academic requirements including 4 years of laboratory sciences (to include all three core science classes: Biology, Chemistry and Physics), 4 years of math classes, and an additional eight elective units in the science, math, computer science, or audio engineering fields.

Ultimately, students are fully invested in their STIP journey and their Capstone Projects, and it shows through their work particularly during the final Capstone Conference where they share their work with the community, in a formal and professional manner.

Some students will continue with their interests through to college and beyond, others may have had a one-off opportunity to engage in an area of research that they may not be able to, or choose not to, pursue further. The skills STIP participants develop through the program include commitment, determination, research skills, public speaking skills, effective written and verbal communication skills, organization and time management skills, collaboration skills, critical thinking skills, and more.

We are incredibly proud of Kirby’s STIP participants and applaud their dedication to their topic and to the program.