The Independent Research Project is designed to allow you to engage in original research, working in close contact with an individual faculty member who will act as the Research Project Advisor, and to bring that research to fruition in the form of a final written and oral research report. In this way, you will have the opportunity to participate in formal, scholarly communication.
The components of the research project will include:
- Developing a clear thesis statement for research;
- Engaging in a literature review and constructing an annotated bibliography;
- Identifying and incorporating the necessary source materials (primary and/or secondary);
- Conducting field research;
- Interpreting the data and materials collected through research and building arguments to provide an analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the research findings;
- Putting together a formal work of scholarship;
- Presenting in poster form the final results of individual research.
You will be assigned an Umbra faculty member as your Research Project Advisor. However, depending on the topic, you may also work closely with an Italian scholar based in Perugia (either at the University of Perugia or at an independent research institution or foundation). You may also select a faculty member from your home institution to act as your advisor for the particular research topic and arranging correspondence prior to participation in the program.
At the end of the semester, you will submit your final written research report (average of 30-40 pages) for evaluation by your Research Project Advisor. You will also participate along with other research and independent study students in a presentation event, highlighting the final results of the various projects undertaken during the semester.