Posts Tagged ‘Independent study’

Independent Study Meeting

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Yesterday I met with the professor who is supervising my independent study. Last week I turned in a draft for my paper, and yesterday she gave me an overview of the edits she made as well as some advice for future directions. In general, most edits were concerned with formatting, but we also discussed the content of the essay and its implications to society. It was fun to talk about the future directions of psychology with my professor!


Independent Project

Friday, November 29th, 2019

One of the psychology courses I am taking this semester is an independent study. The topic is Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience—a modern niche in psychology the standard curriculum doesn’t cover. As the name suggests, the class requires me to independently investigate the topic and write a report summarizing my findings. The length of the report depends on the credits for which one takes the class, which in my case is two, and thus, 7-10 pages. It is sometimes difficult to have the discipline to work on this regularly with deadlines for my other classes approaching and passing by, but it is certainly beneficial to be disciplined. The arbitrary deadline I set with my advisor for my draft is the week after break, so I look forward to finishing up my draft during the break!  


Independent Study

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

I will be graduating in December, the same month my grad school applications are due. Part of the application process involves thoroughly delving into the literature of your field of interest to see which professors you’d like to work with in grad school, so I’ve taken the ‘Independent study’ course offered by the psychology department as an opportunity to get more familiarized with cognitive and affective neuropsychology research. With the help of my advisor, I have created a syllabus outlining the areas that interest me the most, and that is exactly what I will be investigating during the semester. It is quite exciting to design your own class!

Independent Study

Monday, April 1st, 2019

One of my favorite things about the psychology department is how accommodating and eager to help you accomplish your goals professors are. One of the limitations invariably accompanying small universities is the breadth of courses a department can offer. The psychology department does a surprisingly good job covering all the subfields in psychology (social, cognitive, abnormal, clinical, developmental…), but for those cases in which students are left craving to delve into a specific topic, the department offers a virtual panacea: the ability to carry out an independent study. In my case, I seek to pursue a Ph.D. In cognitive and affective neuropsychology, so this is exactly the tittle of one of the courses I will take next semester!  I will make arrangements with the appropriate professor (a cognitive neuropsychologist), and I will follow the coursework we come up with after discussing the goals and expectations I have in undertaking an independent study. Talk about ideal courses!

Math Capstone Presentation

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Math majors at CSS are required to complete a Senior Seminar course to fulfill part of the degree requirements. The Senior Seminar class follows an independent study model where the student reads or researches a topic of interest, compile their findings, and present to the Math faculty and other students. I have been working on my capstone project this semester and doing further reading on a topic of interest: Mathematics foundations of Machine Learning. Given that I will be taking a Machine Learning course next semester, this research into the core mathematical principles of the algorithms used in Machine Learning has broadened my perspective and given me new insights of the field.