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Call for Capstone-Project Proposals, University of Illinois at Chicago

Updated: Jan 7, 2022



Does your organization have a project it wants done, but no time to do it? Perhaps you collect data that has gone unanalyzed.


If you have a project postponed due to a lack of resources, we can help! If not, forward this to someone who does.


CLICK HERE for more information on the BA in Urban Studies capstone at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and how your organization can submit a project proposal. The deadline for spring 2022 semester proposals is December 3, 2021.

What are capstone projects?

Capstone projects are learning in action. The Capstone provides Bachelor's in Urban Studies students at UIC with experiences that allow them to integrate classroom learning with a relevant problem-solving experience in a professional work situation. Over the course of one semester, senior-level Urban Studies students work in teams to address urban issues, organizational challenges, identify opportunities for a client organization, conduct research on a pressing management issue, and analyze data. Capstone projects contribute to students’ professional training, offer organizations the opportunity to access student expertise, and strengthen the relationships between UIC and organizations around the city, state, and region.

The UIC Department of Urban Planning and Policy requires all graduating BA in Urban Studies students to complete the capstone course. This course gives students the opportunity to work on practical problems and to apply their new skills to work with local organizations. The Capstone course requires students to apply their learning in a real-world work setting. The Capstone class is a fifteen-week course. Students enroll in the course during the last two semesters of the BA in Urban Studies program at which point they have successfully completed essential statistics, research, policy analysis and introduction to urban planning classes. Students work together in groups, usually of 3 – 5 students, on projects proposed by organizations in the non-profit or government sector.


More detailed capstone information can be found here. (.pdf)


Capstone Timeline

  1. October 16, 2021- Call-for-proposals process begins.

  2. December 3, 2021 - Deadline for proposal submission.

  3. December 28, 2021 - Clients notified of Capstone award or rejection.

  4. January 20, 2022 - Students assigned to Capstone teams that are expected to contact capstone project sponsors shortly thereafter.

  5. Late January 2022 - Successful applicants are expected to meet with students. Students will draft a group work plan, adjust the plan if needed, and request applicant's signature to acknowledge that the work plan has been reviewed by the applicant.

  6. April 25 and May 2, 2022 - Capstone presentations to clients.

Who can I contact with questions?


Contact Prof. Curt Winkle at cwinkle@uic.edu or 312-996-2155.

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