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Project Guidelines

What types of proposed projects are good fits for HCDE’s Capstone?

  • Topics should be broad enough for a small team of students to spend an entire quarter on them (plus a planning quarter), and they should touch on at least two components of the human-centered design process: user research, ideation, prototyping, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Projects can be research-oriented, have a design focus, center on evaluation and testing, or be tailored to the team’s interests.
  • Reflect real-world opportunities or problems relevant to your organization, but not problems that are mission-critical, or time-sensitive.

Proposal Process

Once proposals are submitted, the department will evaluate them for suitability and assign applicable projects to either a Bachelors or Master's program cohort, based on the best fit. These project sponsors will have the opportunity to pitch their project to students in January.

We do not require all students to work with a sponsor for their capstone experience, so there is no guarantee that students will choose your project. However, all students are strongly encouraged to work with a sponsor, and most are eager for that kind of Capstone experience.

Before submitting a proposal, consider the level of commitment you can make as a sponsor. At a minimum, it might be simply proposing the topic, providing some background information to the team, and attending the final poster session to see their results. Alternately, a sponsor might prefer to work closely with the team, meeting with them regularly, and guiding their work throughout the project the entire quarter. A significant part of sponsorship at any level of commitment is providing access to potential users or study participants for the project domain.

Please note, the work produced by the students is their own and cannot be considered work hired by the sponsor. Students must be able to show and discuss their work at the culminating HCDE Capstone Showcase event.

The students’ grades will be based upon the work they individually contributed in addition to the final result. 

See past student Capstone projects »

Submit a Capstone Proposal

Questions? Please contact Liz Young at hcdecap@uw.edu.