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Leadership Capstone Project

Student synthesize and apply skills and content from across the leadership curriculum and their primary academic discipline to research, design, critique alternatives, propose a solution, and effect change in a leadership challenge or community problem needing leadership. Students identify a personally meaningful real world problem and lead positive change to address that problem. Completing the Capstone project should build a foundation for continued pursuit of their personal leadership vision. (See exemplar project here).

Projects can include:

  • participation on an interdisciplinary team lead by faculty, staff or fellow student leaders (concrete individual deliverables required);
  • individual research into a real-world problem of importance to the student (fulfillment of purpose) and planning for leading change after graduation;
  • self-directed and generated project with concrete deliverables achieved or reasonably attempted; or
  • a hybrid of the above.

Browse through past projects below (click the project to open a larger view in a new window).

Other Honorable Projects

Jenn Davis (Class of 2018) – Recognized as “Project of the Year”

  • By encompassing the values of health, education, family, and equality at the center of her vision, Jenn sought to develop a nutrition program at The National Sports Training Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to educate Vietnamese athletes about the immediate and lifelong benefits that accompany proper nutrition within athletics, and to inspire Vietnamese athletes to use their platform in sport to engage the community in physical activity and healthy dietary lifestyles.

Seth Zanoni (Class of 2018) – Recognized as “Project of the Year”

  • Established the organizational structure and processes for the Leadership Studies Academic Board, the student organization that supports the minor, including the selection process, training retreat, and manual.

Keira Toney (Class of 2017) – Recognized as “Project of the Year”

  • The Parker Family Undergraduate Research Project; Kiera organized an undergraduate research team to examine data collected on an Ohio school that taught in co-ed and interracial classrooms from 1830s-1890s. she also prepared materials for an Underground Railroad Museum exhibit.

Meghan Byrge (Class of 2017)

  • Founded a non-profit community theatre where high school students work in lieu of detention

Emily Morrow (Class of 2017)

  • Marketed and increased public awareness of her personal blog, The Wholesome Rabbit, while working alongside members of the Health Factory to launch a new branch of their company, a customized meal planning website.

Katie Porter (Class of 2017)

  • Created a wellness curriculum and twelve lesson plans for student athletes to teach Knoxville elementary school children.