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Capstone Projects at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University are integrative, team-based, applied research projects required of all students. Led by a faculty member on behalf of a client agency, these projects require students to think independently, frame and analyze issues, and apply their academic knowledge and skills.

Capstone students have broad discretion in defining the project, allocating tasks, communicating with the client, and establishing and ensuring deadlines using effective communication, teamwork, and collaborative learning strategies. The projects fully prepare students to supervise, conduct, and evaluate large-scale public policy research and culminate in a formal, written report and oral presentation to the client.

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  • Youth Employment in Ghana: Conditions and Determinants 

    Barrett, Zachary; Berrios, Andrea; He, Yukuai; Larsen, Sean; Novoa, Miguel; Twumasi-Ankrah, Kwame; Vega, Camille (2015-06-11)
    Youth employment, and its limitations, is a pertinent problem that most developing nations face. “Youth Employment in Ghana: Conditions and Determinants” is a student-led research project that summarizes and analyzes the ...
  • China's Pathways to Energy Security 

    Beard, Steven; Caruana, Craig; Coats, Charles; Haguewood, Robert; Lee, Jong-Hwan; Morgan, Broderick; Murray, Joshua; Riedell, Michael (2010)
    This project explores the growing web of connections - specifically, in the area of energy interdependence among the East Asian states and India with oil producing states in the Persian Gulf region. These relations are ...
  • Improving health conditions in conflict-affected Liberia: A community-based approach 

    Achgill, Dustin; Geray, Jacob; El Hachimi, Hafid; Jadhav, Vaibhavi; Mullins, Emily; Reddy, Himani; Sparks, Trey; Valdez-Vivas, Natalia; Walker, Erik; Ali, Nida; Beaugh, Kristina; Caldwell, Megan; Darkhalil, Ahmad; Gray, Cole; Hirase, Takashi; Mahmoud, Noor; Mueller, Brendan; Poland, Bill; Stewart, Chelsea (2015-06-03)
    Many countries receiving development assistance are in the midst of economic transitions and will become increasingly able to fund their own response. However, transitions to country owned, managed and eventually financed ...
  • What to Cut and How to Cut? Historical Lessons from Past Reductions in the Intelligence Community 

    Cook, Austin; Edmiston, William; Glenn, Stuart; Goodwin, Derek; Kaehr, Matthew; Nebl, James; Phares, Benjamin; Yang, Elizabeth; Yeo, Jessica (2012)
    Under what conditions can the Intelligence Community cut its resources while still maintaining their effectiveness? What do past eras of reduction suggest about what to cut and how best to cut? The United States Government ...
  • Emerging Trends with a Significant Impact on the U.S. Intelligence Community 

    Stubblefield, Amber; Stockstill, Leah; Westerhof, Emily; Hopper, Eric; Pinones, Zach; Niegelsky, Mark; Mickle, Devon; Davis, Cristina; Rothrock, Caroline (2014)
    How has current culture affected the thinking of college age students who constitute the potential future work force. We need to know how they think for a number of reasons. Specifically, recruiters need to know how to ...
  • Too Hot To Handle: Climate Change, Geopolitics, and U.S. National Security in 2025 

    Boggs, Jay W.; Chellinsky, Andrew; Ege, David; Hodges, Allen; Reynolds, Tripp; Williams, Adam (2007)
    Looking ahead to 2025, what policies should future US administrations consider as appropriate responses to climate change, and what level of commitment should be devoted to addressing global climate change by the US ...
  • Envisioning a Bright Future for New Braunfels Children: A Community-Based Approach to School Readiness 

    Fanomezantsoa, Herilala; Hopkins, Elizabeth; Tooley, Kathryn (2015-05-20)
    This report provides an overview of a qualitative, participatory study conducted by a capstone team from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. The McKenna Foundation of New Braunfels, ...
  • Social Service Availability & Proximity And The Over-Representation Of Minority Children in Child Welfare 

    Bathman, Jake; Foster, David; Ingels, Laura; Lee, Chongmyoung; Miramontes, Claudia; Youngblood, Jo (2010)
    The capstone group assessed whether child welfare services were available and proximal in predominantly low income, black areas with high foster care rates in three southern cities. GIS mapping of services contained in a ...
  • Integrated Risk Management at the Local Level: The Gap between Theory and Practice 

    An, Seung-Ho; Carchidi, Arielle; Johnson, Eric; Lester, Sean; Liversidge, Jeremy; Mathis, Lindsey; Vannerson, Andrew (2014)
  • Dallas Challenge Final Report 

    Medina, Gabriella; Leichtle, Stephanie; Garraway, Charlotte (2015-05-20)
    The project is an analysis of Dallas Challenge’s current image through a stakeholder assessment. Following the assessment, we will provide strategies and tactics that Dallas Challenge can incorporate in order to successfully ...
  • Evaluating the Implementation of the National Strategy for Biosurveillance 

    Armstrong, Iain; Berry, Erin; Bitter, Alexander; Colburn, Leland; Karika, Kathleen; Paulino, Jose; Redden, Rebekah; Vien, Thomas "Tex"; Williams, Lodrick (2015-05-20)
    Biological incidents, both man-made and naturally occurring, represent a significant threat to the national security of the United States. Identifying these crises begins with the detection and reporting of essential ...
  • U.S. Strategic Options towards Iran: Understanding the U.S.–Iranian Relations through Iranian Domestic Politics 

    Abernathy, Jacob; Blanco, David; Kingsley, Marlee; Kramer, Michael; Lopacka, Karolina; Mauel, Heather; Peacock, Mike; Stotts, Katherine; Varela, Marques; Young, Krysten (2014)
    The ongoing nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran have made greater progress on more substantial issues than any previous talks. This report argues that Iran’s unprecedented willingness to negotiate is strongly ...
  • CEFADES: An impact evaluation of a vocational and rehabilitation program for at-­‐risk youth in Eastern DRC 

    Chen, Zike; Finnegan, Gavin; Hobson, David; Pinzon, Diego; Vander Hey, Gabriel (2013)
    In the fall of 2013, a group of students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University were approached to design and implement a survey to gauge the effectiveness of a youth employment program ...
  • An Analysis of the Nonprofit and Volunteer Capacity-Building Industries in Central Texas 

    Aldape, Nichole; Barker, Carolyn; Beekley, Taja; Brown, Angela Faye; Brown, Erin; Cross, Staci; Ekwurzel, Erica; Garner, Lindsey; Hart, Alison; Jones, Alexis; Juckett, Karen; Kennedy, Chris; Larson, Esther; Lee, Grace; Nedderman, Leah; Pesti, Ilona; Schwartz, Michele; Shaw, Joseph; Sigler, Rodney; Sinatra, Christine; Teleki, Katherine; Terrazas, Erica; Wagner, Elizabeth (2006)
    Recent research has identified explosive growth in the nonprofit sector and an increased interest in evaluating and improving nonprofit performance through organizational capacity building. The growing emphasis on ...
  • Environmental Impacts of China Outward Foreign Direct Investment: Case Studies in Latin America, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Zambia 

    Al-Aameri, Nour; Fu, Lingxiao; Garcia, Nicole; Mak, Ryan; McGill, Caitlin; Reynolds, Amanda; Vinze, Lucas (2012)
    China’s rapid increase of outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) over the past decade has garnered worldwide attention for a variety of reasons. Of particular concern is the concentration of Chinese OFDI in extractive ...
  • "Mapping" Nonprofit Infrastructure Organizations in Texas 

    Aho, Andrea; Harris, Amanda; Kessel, Kendall; Park, Jongsoo; Park, Jong Taek; Rios, Lisa; Swendig, Brett (2010)
    The stability of the nonprofit sector and its ability to meet our nation‘s needs in an era of unprecedented challenges requires a solid nonprofit infrastructure (Brown, et al., 2008). These organizations that comprise this ...
  • A Study of Dual Credit Access and Effectiveness in the State of Texas 

    Appleby, James; Ashton, Kyle; Ferrell, James; Gesing, Emily; Jackson, Sarah; Lindner, Travis; Mata, Silvester; Shelnutt, Andrew; Wu, Yisha (2011)
    In 2010, with the support of the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF), the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University initiated a study of dual credit opportunities in the state of Texas. Through a ...
  • Mapping the Nonprofit Infrastructure: A Comparison of Capacity Building and Related Resources in Texas and Beyond 

    Cho, Yusun; Gongora, Victor; Haymond, Annie; Jauer, Joyce; Nash, EddieMae; Neal, Emily; Rogers, Julie; Yun, Chang (2011)
  • Immigration Reform: Policies and Implementation - An Evaluation of American Immigration Policy and Recommended Changes 

    Buck, Caitlin; Cravatt, Cody; Fagin, Paul; Finney, Angela; Gomes, Rafael; Shan, Sandy; Skarboe, Bjorne; Sarmiento Quezada, Brenda; Wagner, Jason (2010)
    Americans are dissatisfied with their immigration system and are seeking changes. However, additional demands and expectations will be placed on those organizations that have to enforce and implement these changes. How ...
  • Pipeline Politics: Natural Gas in Eurasia 

    Landrum, William W.; Llewellyn, Benjamin B.; Limesand, Craig M.; Miller, Dante J.; Morris, James P.; Nowell, Kathleen S.; Sherman, Charlotte L. (2010)
    Eurasia is a major source of oil and natural gas, and events in the region have a great potential to destabilize global security patterns. Supplies of natural gas and oil from Eurasia are vital for the functioning of ...

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