July 12, 2017
Writer: Alex Brown
Students presented how their capstone projects positively affected their career outlook at an Interdisciplinary Studies Forum on Thursday, July 7.
Janina Lopez-Carrasco, an interdisciplinary studies student with a dance concentration and a health science minor, presented her IDS capstone project, Weight Training for Dancers.
Carrasco was an exercise physiology major before she became an interdisciplinary studies major, where she has a concentration in dance with a minor in health science.
The purpose of Carrasco's capstone project was to "break the cycle of tradition with truth." Carrasco says that dancers are taught that weight training can impede performance, however, studies show that it actually helps improve dancer's performance.
Carrasco's capstone projects ties into her future career goal of going to medical school to specialize in emergency and sports medicine. View Janina's Capstone project presentation here.
Jacob Zajac, a Manufacturing and Supply Chain student, presented his capstone project with Farr's Ice Cream in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and how he helped improve business processes.
Zajac's internship involved the implementation of the lean sigma six philosophy, which focuses on decreasing variability in business processes to increase efficiency.
Zajac worked with office and warehouse staff to come up with an inventory tracking system customized to Farr's Ice Cream process, while simultaneously implementing lean six sigma characteristics. View Jacob's capstone presentation here.
Those unable to attend the forum will be able to view the entire recording on our IDS video channel located on our website. You can also view Janina's capstone presentation and Jacob's presentation separately by clicking on the according links.