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Independent Research in the Summer

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Currently enrollled Yale students may undertake independent research (IDRS S300) in the summer. 

Overview 

Independent Research in the Summer may be taken remotely in Summer 2021 only and may be arranged for currently enrolled Yale students only. Must be taken pass/fail. May not be taken as part of a senior project or be deemed to be constituent of the senior requirement. Independent Research in the Summer consists of special projects set up by the student in an area of particular interest with the help of a faculty adviser and the director of undergraduate studies, intended to enable the student to cover material not otherwise offered by the department. The course may be used for research, design projects, or for directed reading, but in all cases a term paper, written report on the research project, or its equivalent is normally required as determined by the faculty advisor and DUS. The student must meet regularly with the faculty adviser.

Students taking Independent Research in the Summer for 1 credit should expect to spend approximately 35 hours a week on their research for five weeks (either Session A or B); for 2 credits students should expect to spend approximately 35 hours a week on their research for ten weeks (both Session A and B). Students may receive academic credit only if they are not being paid for doing research, but they may work for credit in one 5-week period and for pay in the other. Upon completion of the course, the faculty advisor must submit a substantive report that both describes the nature of the independent research and evaluates the student’s performance in it.  The report must include the grade. These reports should be shared with the student and the director of undergraduate studies in the department or program in which the research is based and kept in the office of the student’s residential college dean.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Yale Summer Session application
  2. Provide a 1-2 paragraph project description of the research to be undertaken, written in collaboration with the faculty advisor, including the proposed statrting and ending dates. Send this to summer.session@yale.edu with "IDRS S300" and the student's name in the subject line.
  3. Written permission from the following faculty members. All permissions should be submitted to summer.session@yale.edu with "IDRS S300" and the student's name in the subject line.
    1. The faculty advisor
    2. Either the Director of Summer Sciences for students in STEM (Professor Robert Zinn: robert.zinn@yale.edu), or the Dean of Summer Session (Dean Jeanne Follansbee: jeanne.follansbee@yale.edu) for students in the Humanities or Social Sciences
    3. The director of undergraduate studies of the applicant's major department
  4. The Yale Summer Session Registrar will reach out if further information is neeeded.

Date: IDRS S300 Application Deadlines (note that these are different than other YSS courses for credit)

Session A: May 4

Session B: June 8

Our application is now open.