Current Capstone Projects

Students who are deeply engaged in their Capstone experiences are seeing results that benefit both their own growth and self-discovery, and also bring substantive, tangible changes to people and places they care about. As part of our students' experience, making their ideas real is something we love to celebrate. We hope you will visit this page often to explore the diverse ways Capstone experiences invite all students at the U to imagine creative responses to the problems of our time.

Are you wondering how you can bring your creative responses to real opportunities or problems you've identified in the course of your studies? Do you have ideas you've imagined but need financial support to bring to life? Do you want to create an interdisciplinary project but need help finding collaborators to support your ideas?

Capstone Programs is designed to connect students with the people and resources they need to bring their ideas to reality. With quick and nimble responses to your questions, answers are just an email away.

Please send your ideas and questions to s.goldsmith@utah.edu to jumpstart your Capstone experience today.

Hannah Hendrickson (Health, Society and Policy) created the first interdisciplinary Capstone Programs project. In collaboration with students Stephanie Martin (Business) and Rachel Anderson (Communication) these three undergraduate students are developing a device to assist health providers for people facing homelessness reduce the number of missed appointments at Salt Lake's Fourth Street Clinic. The students’ research, which also involves Ph.D. student Sam Vincent from the College of Nursing, indicates cost savings associated with missed appointments will be in the millions of dollars per year, with greatly improved health outcomes for patients.
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Breeanne Saxton (Modern Dance) collaborated with two other dance students, Eliza Tappan (Modern Dance) and Marissa Mooney (Modern Dance) to produce The Lines Between Us, an off-campus performance in Salt Lake’s Warehouse District. With modest support from the Ivory Homes Capstone Programs Fund, these deeply engaged students were able to gain non-profit management and other skills associated with being artists outside of the typical university setting.
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Urban Ecology Workshop students in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning produced a plan for restoring the seven canyon creeks that run through (and too often, under) the Salt Lake Valley. Named The Seven Canyons Trust, their visionary plan won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association.
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Kendra Still, a major in English, collaborated with students in her Honors College Praxis Lab to develop a kiosk for installation on Marriott Plaza. The kiosk will be used to connect students with one another in a range of ways from collaborative research, job opportunities, ride sharing, tutoring and much more. The kiosk will also serve as a complement to food trucks now sharing the plaza, and will offer fresh fruit and cut flowers as a way to promote the plaza as a highly functional social space.
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In collaboration with the David Eccles School of Business’ Entrepreneurship & Strategy program, 24 students participated with emerging student leaders in Costa Rica, serving as mentors for the Costa Rican students’ entrepreneurial goals. Ivory Homes Capstone Programs grants helped students offset the cost of their Learning Abroad Capstone Experience.
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Student Brendan OLeary, a major in filmmaking, created a film about “tragedies in the world like poverty, pollution, war, torture and death. It is a film that, at its most basic level, is an inquiry about how honest we truly are with ourselves and, to what extent does our conscious mind control our actions.” As a required Capstone in Filmmaking, support from the Ivory Homes Capstone Programs Fund provided Brendan with enough support to move his project into a more professional production than he could have achieved otherwise.
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