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Practicum

The WSSS Practicum is a chance for WSSS students to work in a small group on the integrated assessment of a water resources case study. The goal of the practicum is to expose students to the techniques and thought processes of integrated assessment in order to train them as researchers and professionals. In both 2009 and 2010, the WSSS Practicum was on Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. Prior years had explored water issues local to Tufts Medford campus. The practicum is headed by Rusty Russell of the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department with input from other participating WSSS faculty.

John Durant conducting water testing
Engineering Professor John Durant on a planning trip for the 2008 practicum in the Bahamas.

2009 WSSS Practicum

2009 Student's list

Alex Bedig, School of Engineering
Shonda T. Gaylord, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
John Melcher, School of Engineering
Nathan Rawding, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Kendall Webster, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Click here to download the Technical Report from the study done in March 2009. Track P students, click here to visit the 2009 course wiki.

Students in WSSS Track P are required to participate in the Practicum. For more information, contact Rusty Russell.

2009 WSSS Practicum Participants

Alex Bedig


School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Shonda Gaylord


Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Biomedical Sciences Program

Jack Melcher


School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Melissa Ng


School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Nathan Rawding


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Kendall Webster


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Past Practicums

Past Practicums

2012 Practicum

2011 Practicum

2010 Practicum

2009 Practicum

2008 Practicum




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