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Many faculty sites would list some students and many of those students are working or completed a thesis. Do faculty sites list also students who did an independent study?

  • What exactly do you mean by independent study and how is it opposed to thesis? Also, are you sure you are talking about faculties and not workgroups or similar? – Wrzlprmft Apr 26 '16 at 16:34
  • I think it would depend heavily on the personal preference of the faculty member. – Jon Custer Apr 26 '16 at 16:36
  • @Wrzlprmft en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_study – Thomas Lee Apr 26 '16 at 16:38
  • By "Independent Study", do you mean an applied project completed to fullfil the requirements for an MS degree instead of completing a thesis? – Brian Borchers Apr 26 '16 at 17:30
  • @BrianBorchers it is not a requirement. Bs, MS and PhD student can take such course. It is usually an applied project but can be with some research work. – Thomas Lee Apr 26 '16 at 17:38
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I have only seen one professor who does list students who completed an independent study with him on his website.

However, it appears that he has a very specific goal in doing so. By looking at his website (and previously talking to him) it seems like he is trying to portray his strong motivation to instill students with real world skills by giving them projects similar to what they might work on in industry since a common critique of Computer Science programs is that they don't get students ready for industry jobs.

Other than that, I would say the norm is to only list students that you advise but there isn't a hard rule.

  • "list students that you advise", so I assumed that students who took independent study are being advised also? – Thomas Lee Apr 26 '16 at 17:10
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    @ThomasLee advise often means something very specific to academics/professors. – Ric Apr 26 '16 at 17:11
  • @ThomasLee There isn't any requirement for them to also be advisees. In my example, that professor's department has specific people that act as undergrad advisors but they are not professors, so in this case that isn't even possible for undergrads. – Austin Henley Apr 26 '16 at 17:13

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