Thank you for taking the time to work with a potential Individualized Major Program student. It is only through the willingness of faculty to work one-on-one with our students that we are able to offer them this educational opportunity.
Faculty play an important role for students in the Individualized Major Program. In the pre-proposal phase, faculty help students understand the academic landscape of the College of LSA and provide a critique of their IMP proposal. After proposal approval, students check-in with one of their faculty mentors once a semester, and faculty provide advice on their self-designed senior projects (most of this is done in the UC 455 capstone course). Faculty may also offer oversight of the senior project through an independent study course.
With your other commitments in mind, IMP students should be viewed as junior colleagues rather than as thesis or dissertation students. The level of support expected is more along the line of advising the student’s developing understanding of their topic, possibly discussing course selections for next semester, and offer recommendations of calls for papers, conferences, colloquia, and other professional development opportunities you believe to be important for the student.
Please see Faculty Roles with IMP for further descriptions of the roles faculty play for IMP students.