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Student Capstones

Addressing real-world challenges

Capstone projects allow advanced students to apply previous classroom learning to address a defined, real-world challenge. Capstones can take many forms – applied learning project, research paper, community-based learning project – but typically involve a small team of students guided by one of more faculty mentors.

Industry/Faculty Collaborations

IC² is actively seeking UT faculty and/or industry professionals to collaborate in identifying and designing meaningful student capstone projects. In addition to enhancing student learning, IC² uses capstone projects to stimulate new knowledge and solutions-based thinking around the subjects of equity and the well-being economy.

Sample IC²-guided Capstone Projects 2022/2023:

  • IC² collaboration with the Human Dimensions of Organization Department, College of Liberal Arts: Students explored their own and other students’ interpretation of the “well-being economy.”
  • IC² collaboration with the Design in Health program: Students explored how libraries are moving into the health and well-being space. This involved conducting interviews, intercepts, observations, and engagement with urban and rural libraries.
  • IC² collaboration with professor Steven Pedigo and the LBJ School of Public Affairs: Students explored economic challenges in Deep East Texas and the Permian Basin and recommended that these regions promote local universities as economic development anchors.

Student Capstone Projects

Project Name Project Partners Year
How Austin Businesses Integrate Economic Well-Being Ideas into Business Practices Human Dimensions of Organizations 2023
Perceptions Limiting University Students Engaging with Internships and Employment in Non-Urban Communities of Texas Human Dimensions of Organizations 2023
Libraries as Well-Being Hubs Master of Arts in Design focused on Health Capstone Studio 2023
Asset Mapping for Development of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Hiroshima Prefecture Japan LBJ School Policy Research Project Course 2022
Improving the Bureau’s Financial Stability: Marketing, Networking, and Workshops Human Dimensions of Organizations 2022
How Startups Understand “Well-Being Economy” Principles in their Operations: Customers, Clients, and Profitability Human Dimensions of Organizations 2022
Perceptions of Well-Being and the Well-Being Economy on the UT Campus Human Dimensions of Organizations 2022
Universities as Community Economic Development Anchors LBJ School Policy Research | Stephen F. Austin University for East Texas | University of Texas Permian Basin for Permian West Texas 2021-2022