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This image shows four university students who are participating in Psyche capstones discussing their projects inside the meteorite vault at Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies.

Capstone Projects

Capstone courses are culminating, project-based courses undertaken by university students in the final (senior) year of university.

A strength of capstone courses is that they involve students in applying their knowledge and skills to real-world projects. The Psyche mission is developing Psyche-focused projects for capstone courses across a range of disciplines.

Capstone Projects

Psyche capstone projects are underway for the 2019-2020 academic year (see list below), partnering with colleges and universities across the country. Join us!

Cobalt Class (2019-2020)

  • 3-D Asteroid Viewer
  • ARtifacts
  • Capstone Administration Analysis
  • Cracking the Code: Demonstrating the Debugging Mentality
  • Future Spacecraft Materials
  • Gaming Teamwork
  • Hall Thruster Database
  • Hall Thruster Visualization and Animation
  • Iron Meteorite Imaging System
  • Machine Learning Analysis of Hall Thruster Facility Effects Data
  • Meteorite Database
  • Meteorite Image Analysis System
  • Mobile App
  • Predicting Solar Wind Conditions with Machine Learning
  • Psyche Communications Campaign
  • Remote Exhibit Interpretive System
  • Rendering High-Resolution Space Data
  • Robotic Explorer for Hypothesized Surfaces
  • Sampling System for Hypothesized Surfaces
  • Space Mission Design
  • Space Object Virtual Reality
  • Spacecraft Virtual Reality

Iron Class (2018-2019)

Iron Class capstone projects
Iron Class participants and universities

Titanium Class (2017-2018)

Titanium Class capstone projects
Titanium Class participants

Psyche Capstone Resources

Read about our approach to interdisciplinary capstone projects:

Coordinating Opportunistic Interdisciplinary Projects Across Single-Discipline Capstone Courses (Capstone Design Conference, June 2018)

Preparing Students to Work in Diverse Settings and Across Distance: Inter-University, Interdisciplinary Capstone Teams (Undergraduate Research Programs Conference, June 2019)

Two Universities, Two Disciplines, One Project: Perspectives of a Project Manager and an Engineer (Psyche blog, July 31, 2019)

Future Capstone Projects

Additional Psyche-focused capstone projects that may be undertaken by any interested university capstone course are in development. If you are a university capstone course instructor or administrator (or future capstone student) and would like more information, please fill out our interest form:

Current Student Collaborations Participants

View a list of the students, faculty, staff, and mentors currently involved in Psyche Student Collaborations.

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Student Collaborations Participants