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Independent Research Courses

AMES encourages advanced students to undertake independent research of their own conception. Research projects should relate to the student's area concentration. Independent research courses, which can be taken in any term, require supervision by an AMES affiliated faculty member.

AMES 85 Independent Research
Students wishing to delve further into material or issues they encountered in an AMES course should consider AMES 85 as a viable means to acquire added expertise in a topic of their interest. In the term prior to registering in AMES 85, students should develop a program of study with an AMES affiliated faculty member who has agreed to supervise their work. The workload for AMES 85 should be equivalent to that of a regular upper level course in the department of the faculty member supervising the project.

AMES 86 Advanced Independent Research
Students wishing to pursue advanced research on a topic of their design should consider AMES 86. AMES 86 requires a formal proposal developed by the student in consultation with the AMES faculty member who has agreed to supervise the student's research. Proposals must be submitted to the AMES Steering Committee by the fifth week of the term preceding the one in which the independent research is undertaken. The workload for an AMES 86 project should be equivalent to that of an advanced research seminar. The written work, whether it consists of one research paper or several papers, should total 30-35 pages. Research involving human subjects must have prior approval from Dartmouth's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects.


Guidelines for AMES 86 Proposals:

AMES 86 proposals should include the following:

  1. The name of the faculty adviser
  2. A clear statement of the research questions
  3. A review of publications related to the topic
  4. A discussion of principal methods and sources (How the student plans to address the research questions)
  5. A work schedule or timeline organized like a course syllabus with weekly readings and writing assignments (students should meet with their advisers on a weekly basis)
  6. A description of the student's curricular or other preparation for the project
  7. A bibliography of proposed readings organized to reflect various facets of the project

Sample proposal:

Administrator, Ann Fenton
Last Modified September 29, 2013