Capstone Projects are synthesis papers or outreach products that you develop with a mentor from campus, a natural resource agency, or your current job (if you work in the fisheries and wildlife field).
The purpose of your capstone project is to contribute to the field of fisheries or wildlife management with a product that reflects the principles and applications you have learned in your classes.
The format of your final project is the choice of student and mentor. Final projects can be in any communication format – a written report or “white paper”, a documentary, an outreach product, or even a podcast. Podcasts or video productions require a written script.
You should identify a “Project Mentor”. Your employer or supervisor can serve as your mentor, or you can seek a mentor from OSU's faculty. You can also seek a mentor from another group or agency if you desire.The role of the mentor is to provide input on finalizing the project proposal and outline, help develop a timeline for completion, provide feedback on a draft, and provide an evaluation of your final product for review by the Program Advisor. It is anticipated that the time commitment of a mentor is approximately 10-15 hours in total, and a small stipend is available to compensate for their time.
As part of your Program of Study, please notify the Graduate Program Coordinator when you decide which term you will enroll in the Capstone Project course. This will allow us to plan for adequate oversight of your project and notify us to grant you the required department approval to register for FW 506.
Capstone Project Guidelines
FW 506 Capstone Project Proposal Instructions
Capstone Project Mentor Request Template
Capstone Project Guide for Mentors
Capstone Project Mentor Evaluation of Student
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