Faculty Advisor

Nikitina, Svetlana

Project Center



This project focused on Ugra National Park in Kaluga region of Russia, which needed help increasing its visibility to tourists and protecting its river from industrial pollution. To investigate possible contamination, the team took water samples along the river and analyzed them for two different types of paper factory byproducts. Negative results showed that alternative hypotheses and tests for other contaminants are needed. In order to increase the parkÂ’s tourism the team conducted on-site research of the visitor accommodations and services. Comparing Ugra to other parks prompted the team to recommend adding more signs, indicating historic sites and creating a public outreach campaign. These measures will attract more tourists to see the parkÂ’s historic and natural treasures.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts