Ashley H.

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How do Independent Research Positions or Projects Work at University?

I recently completed and presented a project for a class in which my professor was over the moon about. After class, he suggested that next semester I could turn this project (it was a GIS campus project, in which I worked with Services and various other departments to complete) into an independent study. He was not very specific on the details, so I was wondering, how do typical independent research project courses work? How does the grading work? If the topic proves unsuccessful, does that mean I fail? #gis #university #courses #project #research

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Hey Ashley, Coming from my university and the science department, an independent research position/project isn't actually "independent". They often involve finding a supervisor (such as that professor), then doing a half or full year project. This project can be self created (like yours) or more of a supervisors project that you do. Also, for grading it's generally done by said supervisor so even if it doesn't become completed entirely you will get credit based on how much you've done, and how good it is. As long as you work diligently and produce even meagre results you will most likely receive a great mark. Overall it's a great opportunity if you want to do research, and can really liven up your CV. The best way to go about this would involve looking through your class listings for research classes, discussing this with an academic supervisor, and possibly finding a specific supervisor that you would want to work this topic with. Good Luck!
Last updated Dec 05 '17 at 18:13

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