Statistical Science students pursue independent studies to augment or extend work beyond the set curriculum. Independent study courses allow students to pursue a field of special interest, under the supervision of a Statistical Science faculty member, resulting in a substantive paper, project, or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. The Department of Statistical Science offers independent study courses at three levels and research independent study courses at two levels, which are described below. Up to one independent study can be used towards major or minor requirements. (For majors graduating in 2020 or May 2021, up to two independent study courses may be counted with approval of the DUS.)
STA 291, STA 391, and STA 491: Independent Study
These courses require individual, non-research, directed study in a field of special interest on a previously approved topic taken under the supervision of a faculty member and resulting in an academic and/or artistic product. Such independent study courses do not bear a Research (R) code and do not satisfy any general education requirements aside from the Small Group Learning Experience (SGLE) requirement. In Statistical Science, these courses consist of directed readings or work in a field of special interest under the supervision of a faculty member, the central goal of which is a non-research but still substantive paper, project, or written report covering a previously approved topic. Consent of instructor and director of undergraduate studies required. The course should include content and goals requiring performance appropriate to a 200, 300, or 400 level course, respectively, in Statistical Science.
STA 393, STA 493: Research Independent Study
These courses require individual research in a field of special interest under the supervision of a faculty member, the central goal of which is a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Such research independent study courses bear a Research (R) code and satisfy general education Research requirements. Note: STA 360 is the prerequisite for STA 493. One research independent study may be submitted and approved for a Writing (W) code in addition to the R code designation, but no other curriculum code designations are permitted for research independent study courses. Students using a research independent study for Graduation with Distinction should also obtain a Writing (W) designation. Students who wish to request a W code for one research independent study course must send the completed Writing (W) Code form to Trinity College Courses Committee by the end of the drop/add period for the semester they are enrolled in the course. Further details and the form itself may be found at the Trinity College page below. Students enrolling in a Research Independent Study course must fulfil the Undergraduate Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements detailed in the application and the document below.