Students can enroll in independent study as early as the sophomore year. Independent study projects are often extremely challenging on both a personal and an academic level. At the same time, these projects provide valuable educational experiences. Students may suggest their own topics for independent study or work on a project in a faculty member’s research laboratory. For possible projects please visit http://ee.princeton.edu/iw/index.php/Faculty_Projects. Funding is available from both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering to support independent study. In addition, the Department has a funded program that supports student attendance at an appropriate domestic conference or workshop to present research results or for professional development. Download the EE Independent Work Guide.
A Senior Thesis is required for the Electrical Engineering major. One academic year (fall ELE 497and spring ELE 498) of independent study on a coherent theme or project form the senior thesis. Senior theses are eligible for nomination for appropriate School and University awards and many have led to publishable final results. Funding is available from both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering to support senior thesis research.