The culminating experience for students in the UNCG MS Genetic Counseling Program is a formal Capstone Project.
The purpose of the Capstone Project requirement is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to contribute
to the field of genetic counseling by:
- performing research or
- developing community or professional educational programs or
- developing clinical practice tools or educational or service programs that benefit individuals and families with genetic disorders.
The Capstone Project may consist of a detailed case study and library synthesis, a clinical application, or an original clinical or laboratory research project. Students strive to develop a research proposal or project that will contribute to the knowledge about and/or practice of clinical genetics and/or genetic counseling.
Students complete a course in Research Methods during the second semester of the program and are encouraged to identify a Capstone Project topic and develop a preliminary project plan as part of this course.
Projects will be completed under the guidance of a research project committee, which consist of a chair and two other members of the faculty. Adjunct clinical faculty and/or clinical supervisors may serve on research project committees. Individuals who are not members of the faculty may also serve on committees with the approval of the program Director.Students are required to submit a detailed written report of their Capstone Project, including an abstract suitable for submission to the National Society of Genetic Counselors or other professional organization's annual education conference, and to make an oral or poster presentation about their project to their classmates and the faculty. Click here for examples of recent Capstone Projects.