The Independent Study course is a student-centered learning experience that provides deeper academic understanding in a specific topic. This course will engage you in advanced research on your 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, you 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, you will work independently and meet weekly with the appointed advisor to discuss their progress.
Approximately two weeks before the end of the semester, you will give a short, oral presentation to your advisor and submit the first draft of your study. You will then submit your 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.