All BSHS students have the unique opportunity to personalize their education with a capstone experience. A capstone is a combined set of learning experiences focused on an individualized theme that aligns with each student’s personal and professional goals. Capstones are completed after students progress through the first two years of BSHS coursework, and can include up to 30 upper-division academic credits, as well as not-for-credit experiential components. The number of credits each student registers for will depend on his/her capstone plan.
All students write and submit a capstone proposal at least one semester prior to the semester in which capstone activities will begin. Most students write their capstone proposals during the spring semester of their junior years through enrollment in CLI 3712: Capstone Proposal Writing. Every capstone proposal must be approved by faculty. Students enroll in CLI 4711/12: Capstone Reflections while completing their capstone experiences.
Capstones are designed based on unique personal and professional goals. Components may include, but are not limited to:
- Upper-division U of M coursework in relevant disciplines, including completion of minors
- Upper-division coursework or other appropriate experiences during study abroad or national student exchange experiences
- Internship experiences working in a health science-related field
- On-campus research with a UMR faculty member, or off-campus research with a partner organization
- Certificate completion (in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences or through other U of M campuses)
- Community-based research, service, or work experience
You can view the latest capstone schedule and recorded presentations here.