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Professional Project Guidelines

To complete the professional Master’s degree in Environmental Assessment, each student must complete a professional project. The project shall consist of a capstone experience that results in a tangible product such as a position paper, teaching aid, instructional videotape, web site, online course materials, journal article, publishable literature review, lab manual, curriculum, etc. A project may involve research work, although typically this work is not as extensive or as independently driven as a thesis. The type of project selected to fulfill this requirement is flexible and may be conducted, for example, as part of a professional’s on-the-job duties, or as part of an ongoing departmental field project, or with a partnering agency.

Upon conclusion of the project, the student shall prepare, present and defend a final report on the project. The final defense meeting serves as the student’s final certifying examination.

Most students will take 6 credit hours of EA 665 within which they do their project. A typical and strongly recommended sequence is to take 2 credit hours in the first semester of EA 665. The deliverable in this first section is a complete study plan. This is typically followed by the student registering for 4 credit hours the following semester. During this time the student will complete their project, prepare their written report and schedule their oral examination. Deviations from this schedule are allowable with the consent of the course instructor and project adviser, however, except in rare instances, students are strongly encouraged to take at least two semesters of EA 665 for project completion (i.e., the project should not be attempted in a single semester).

The linked document titled “EA-665-project-identification-development-and-planning” contains some information that will be useful for students as they choose a project topic, as well as a set of activities that will help them prepare a study plan. These activities and the study plan should be completed during the first 2-credit portion of the course.

Because the topics and formats of projects in the program vary considerably, it is difficult to concisely state the exact requirements and project scopes. To give students a frame of reference we have compiled an archive of past student projects. Students are strongly encouraged to peruse the list to get an overall picture of acceptable types of projects, but then also to read several in detail to know what to expect in terms of rigor and level of detail.

Please see the attached NCSU Environmental Assessment MEA-Prof-Paper-Process for instructions on formatting and submitting your project paper.

NOTE: All questions regarding the EA 665 projects class should be directed to Linda Taylor, coordinator for EA 665, prior to the assignment of the project advisor. Students must obtain approval before enrolling in EA 665. In order to obtain approval, students must submit to Ms. Taylor a one page project proposal briefly outlining the nature of the project, including an approximate timeline of tasks.