Graduate Independent Study Project Proposal

Note: click here for the Undergraduate Independent Study Form

Student Information

Student Name


Phone Number (304-555-5555)

Marshall Email Address

Expected Graduation Date
 Semester          Year


Graduate Advisor Information

Advisor's Name

Advisor's Email

If your advisor will be the mentor for this Independent Study Project, check this box

Mentor Information

Is your Independent Study Mentor a BSC faculty member?
   **Note: if not, you must contact Dr. Mallory and receive approval for doing a project under this mentor before submitting this form!

Independent Study Mentor's Full Name (Salutation, First, and Last Names)

Mentor's Email Address

Mentor's Profession

Mentor's Address

Mentor's Phone Number (304-555-5555)

In the space below, describe why you want to do your Research Capstone project under this mentor. Include a description of what skills, knowledge, or other experience you will gain by working with this mentor, and why you cannot obtain a similar experience within the Department of Biological Sciences.

Project Information

Semester(s) and year the project will be carried out:

Number of Registered Hours

Project Title:

Note: the registrar limits title length to 23 characters, including spaces.

In the space below, describe the independent study plan you and your mentor have agreed upon. If the project will involve laboratory or field research, describe the scientific merit of the project and the methods you will learn and use, how these experiences will benefit you academically, and how your mentor will assess your satisfactory completion of the project. If the project will involve literature review or other intellectual research, describe the topic and scope of the work, the value this work will be to your academic career, and how your mentor will assess your satisfactory completion of the project. The Department of Biological Sciences requires that some submitted final product, such as a research paper, or poster presentation or research seminar delivered by you, be part of the assessment. Describe these items in sufficient detail that the reviewer will have a clear idea of the plan. Once you have received notification that the Department of Biological Sciences has granted your proposal preliminary approval, have your Independent Study mentor sign the printed notification received in the approval email. You must submit the signed notification to Dr. David Mallory (S 350) to pick up the necessary paperwork to register for BSC 585.

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