When you have found a research director, complete the independent study form. Bring it to suite 1219, room 1217 of FFSC and give it to the DUS assistant, Mrs. Rosenthal.
If your independent study is in the chemistry department, Mrs. Rosenthal will give you a permission number for the appropriate section of Chemistry 393. You can then register for independent study using DukeHub.
If your independent study is outside the chemistry department, Mrs. Rosenthal will give your form to Dr. Siburt for approval that the project is sufficiently chemical/molecular oriented to count toward chemistry major requirements and requirements for Graduation with Distinction in Chemistry. When the project has been approved, you need to obtain a permission number in order to register. If your research director has an independent study section listed in DukeHub, you must obtain from your research director the course number, section number, and a permission number for his/her independent study. You can then register for independent study using DukeHub. If your research director does not have an independent study section listed in DukeHub, your approved research will need to be sponsored by Dr. Siburt. Mrs. Rosenthal will give you a permission number for Dr. Siburt's section of Chem 393. You can then register for independent study using DukeHub. As your sponsor, Dr. Siburt will take care of the necessary paper work involved with registration, monitoring your progress during the semester, and turning in your grade at the end of the semester. Your research director (or designee) will supervise all of your day-to-day research activities. To fulfill the requirement that your sponsor monitor your progress, you will need to send to Dr. Siburt brief progress reports on dates that he will set. At the end of the semester, your research director will assign and transmit your grade to Dr. Siburt, who will then report the grade to the registrar.
Chemistry 295 , Introduction to Independent Study, 0.5 cc, is open to all majors, but is required for majors who are enrolling in their first semester of independent study in chemistry, Chemistry 393 or in a related area, and who intend to pursue graduation with distinction in chemistry, or who intend to pursue a BS degree that is certified by ACS. Majors may take Chem 295 for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory or regular letter grades depending on their needs. Those taking it for letter grades will also earn 0.5 cc toward the writing requirement (W). The writing component will focus on writing a research proposal and on writing progress reports for the major's project. The course is recommended for all majors.
The procedure for W-credit for Independent Study is as follows. Prior to the end of Drop/Add of your final semester of participation in independent study, you can go to the Trinity Policies & Proceedures site and print a form for requesting W-credit for one Independent Study course. Fill out the form, have your research mentor and DUS sign it, and deliver the completed form to room 011 Allen Building prior to the end of Drop/Add.