Schedule: By appointment
Prerequisite: Proposal submitted for approval by the Umbra Academic Director a minimum of 1 month prior to the start of the semester.
Cross-Listing: Faculty-Directed Research Programs
The Independent Study course is a student-centered learning experience that provides deeper academic understanding in a specific topic. The course engages students in advanced research based on their interests with the support of a faculty mentor and is ideal for those who have previously studied a particular topic and would like to explore a narrower aspect through individual research.
A minimum of one month prior to the beginning of the semester, the student must submit a detailed research proposal to the Umbra Academic Director. Once approved, an appropriate faculty member will then be identified as the advisor. During the first two weeks, a more detailed proposal, bibliography and project design will be submitted to the faculty advisor for approval, and a project timeline will be established. Throughout the semester, students will work independently and meet weekly with the appointed advisor to discuss their progress.
Approximately two weeks before the end of the semester, the student will give a short, oral presentation to their advisor and submit the first draft of their study. The student will then submit his/her final draft of the independent study and participate in the Special Academic Events Week to present the final results to the Umbra community.
Independent study projects are evaluated based on the successful completion of the research proposal, the final presentation of the project and submission of a full-length study.