The Capstone Project is the culminating academic experience for the Master of Science in Nutrition graduate program. The scope and presentation of the project must demonstrate the student’s skills in a variety of areas including, formal academic/technical writing, the research process, and the application of nutrition principles in the public health arena.
Students must complete a 6 credit hour capstone project to meet graduation requirements.
Selecting a Capstone Project
Pick a Topic
- Is there an area that you have a great interest in/passion for?
- Does the topic have practical value within the field?
- Is it a topic of contemporary interest for the profession?
Do a Literature Search
- Search the peer reviewed literature
- Find out how much is already known about the topic
- Is there a lack of research on the topic?
- Identify gaps in knowledge—may be some listed in recommendations for further research provided in journal articles
Evaluate Your Choice of Topic
- Has it been overdone? If there is lots of research that has already been done, pick another topic.
- Is it doable in the timeframe? If too broad, how can you narrow it?
- Do you have access to the population that you want to study?
- Are you able to put personal bias aside and maintain the objectivity required of a researcher?