Students at WPI helping FRAXA Research Foundation

Undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) complete what is known as the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). Student groups work closely with local or national sponsors during their junior year to complete a project that benefits their community. Two student groups from WPI are working with FRAXA to provide research-based improvements to the website, and to develop a mobile FRAXA app.

Biomedical Engineering major Krisha Nazareth and Computer Science major Christopher Gillis are working on the app development team (Team App). Team App is working to create a mobile app which will use GPS services on smart phones to inform users of nearby clinical trials, resources and events. The app will also host a discussion board for members of the Fragile X community.

Biology and Biotechnology majors Rachel Prescott and Collette Bora and Mechanical Engineering major Heather Lavoie are performing research to make strategic improvements to the website (Team Web). Team Web is analyzing website traffic patterns, collecting information on best web design practices, and integrating user feedback to inform improvements to FRAXA’s website that will improve the user experience.

Both teams are excited to be given this opportunity to help FRAXA’s important mission to find a cure for Fragile X syndrome.

Fragile X Student teams at WPI help FRAXA Research Foundation

WPI students (from left) Heather Lavoie, Rachel Prescott, Collette Bora, Christopher Gillis, and Krisha Nazareth are working on strategic improvements to, as well as designing a mobile FRAXA app.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who filled out a survey for the WPI team … they were hoping to get 100 responses … and received 216!!

Dear FRAXA Community Members,

We would like to extend a big thank you to each individual who participated in the WPI survey sponsored by FRAXA. We received many unique suggestions that we will thoroughly research and consider. We truly value each response, and as a result of this incredible number of participants, we can work toward providing suggestions that will benefit the FRAXA community.

Thank you for your time,

The WPI Project teams