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The Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science offers a number of undergraduate-level independent study courses. Independent study provides students an opportunity to explore their educational interests while working one-on-one with a faculty member.
Students can earn Cognitive Science independent study credit for...
Working as a Research Assistant (RA) in a Cognitive Science related research lab
Conducting their own research (i.e., creating, running, and analyzing a research experiment; conducting a secondary analysis for pre-existing data sets; conducting and analyzing the results of an online survey; developing computational models of data; conducting a quantitative meta-analysis; etc.), including research for a Cognitive Science Honors Thesis
Performing an in-depth study of a Cognitive Science topic
Students cannot earn Cognitive Science independent study credit for...
Internships or experiential learning
We encourage students who would like to earn (non-CogSci) credit during their internship experience to check out ALA 225
Research in non-Cognitive Science fields, including research projects of an “applied nature” (for example, a research project that is purely focused on marketing without connection to consumer behavior or another cognitive-based theory)
Research under the mentorship of a graduate student.
Unfortunately, mentors for independent study projects must be faculty members or lecturers. Students may work with graduate students throughout the course of their project, but their official mentor must be a faculty member.