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The Statistics and Analytics program has several options for independent study available.  These require permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies as well as the faculty member who will be supervising/facilitating the study.  The workload must be equal to that of any regular seated course – at least three hours of independent work per week is required for each unit of credit, and students must submit a final paper at the end of the semester.

 

STOR 493 Internship in Statistics and Operations Research.  An opportunity to obtain credit for an internship related to statistics, operations research, or actuarial science.  This course does not count toward the major or minor.  Receives General Ed -EE credit as academic internship. The student intern is required to work at least 8 hours per week, for a minimum of 100 hours, at the internship agency. In addition to the hours worked, the student must, under the supervision of the faculty supervisor, write a report summarizing her/his activities during the internship and complete other requirements (regular meetings, reading assignments etc. as the faculty supervisor sees fit). To receive three hours of academic credit, the student is expected to devote at least nine (9) combined hours per week on the internship and the academic component of the course. The student registers for STOR 493 either for the semester during which the internship will be complete or for the first semester that follows the completion of the internship. (Typically, students do their internship over the summer and register for STOR 493 either for the second summer session or for the Fall semester of that year.)

Below are the steps the student should take in order to be able to register for STOR 493. Note that all these steps should be successfully completed before the student starts her/his internship.

1 – The student contacts the agency she/he will be interning for and has the “Internship Agency Supplement” form filled and signed by her/his supervisor at the agency.

2 – The student emails the Director of Undergraduate Studies expressing her/his interest for signing up for STOR 493 with the filled and signed Internship Agency Supplement form attached.

3 – If the Director of Undergraduate Studies finds the internship suitable for STOR 493, she/he informs the student which faculty member will serve as the student’s faculty supervisor.

4 – The student initiates the Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM).

Once these steps are successfully completed and the contract has been officially approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the student is registered for the appropriate section of STOR 493. The contract must be completed and approved by the Friday of the first week of classes or by the first day of the internship, whichever comes first.

At the completion of their internship, students must arrange the “Internship Evaluation Form” to be filled out by their agency supervisor and emailed to their faculty supervisors.

 

STOR 496 Undergraduate Reading and Research in Statistics and Operations Research.  Individual reading, study or project supervised by a faculty member. Receives General Ed- EE credit as mentored research.  A student who wishes to pursue this independent study option should contact a faculty member who teaches in the research area the student is interested to inquire about whether the faculty member would be willing to supervise the project. Alternatively, the student can also contact faculty members or the Director of Undergraduate Studies to ask about any potential projects that are appropriate for the student’s level of training. It will be helpful for the student to email a short statement of interest along with a transcript and a resume. Once the student reaches an agreement with a faculty supervisor, the student must complete an Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM). The contract must be completed and approved by the Friday of the first week of classes.

 

STOR 691H/STOR 692H Honors in Statistics and Analytics. Individual senior thesis project supervised by a faculty member. Receives General Ed- EE credit as mentored research.  This course should be taken for two semesters: first as 691H and second as 692H. Open to students with a GPA of 3.3 or above. Students who successfully complete the two-course sequence graduate with “Honors” or “Highest Honors.” A student who wishes to pursue this independent study option should contact a faculty member who teaches in the research area the student is interested to inquire about whether the faculty member would be willing to supervise the project. Alternatively, the student can also contact faculty members or the Director of Undergraduate Studies to ask about any potential projects that are appropriate for the student’s level of training. It will be helpful for the student to email a short statement of interest along with a transcript and a resume. Once the student reaches an agreement with a faculty supervisor, the student must complete an Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM). The contract must be completed and approved by the Friday of the first week of classes.

For more information and deadlines etc., see Honors Carolina’s Senior Honors Thesis page and the Senior Thesis Guidelines.

A listing of recent Senior Honors Thesis submissions can be found here.

Instructions for filling out the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM):