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"Interactive Qualifying Project." A major graduation requirement of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

According to the fairy tale description, it engages students in a meaningful experience that encourages them to use their technical background to solve a societal problem.

In reality, it usually takes the form of pointless drudgery or slave labor.

A complete waste of time, academic resources, and in some cases, money.
One's career at WPI can be divided into three time periods: The ignorant bliss that comes before the IQP, the void of darkness and misery that takes place during the project, and the indescribable happiness that one experiences upon its completion.
by B February 12, 2005
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