Independent study projects allow students to work closely with faculty members to explore research interests. The McWethy Program provides support for group independent studies as well as individual research projects. To obtain McWethy Program support for independent study projects students need to contact the McWethy Program associate director, and then complete an application and follow application guidelines.

Example projects

  • H1N1: Risk and Response

    During the 2009-2010 academic year, former Cornell President Les Garner and Professor Barbara Christie-Pope (biology) co-taught an independent study, entitled “H1N1: Risk and Response”, designed to investigate the public health response to the H1N1 pandemic. On-campus research was followed by a study trip to Washington, D.C. to interview government officials about the public health response. The students prepared a research paper and reported their findings in an on-campus public forum.

  • Blueberry Farming in Uruguay

    Jeff Curran '09 and Audrey Saunders '09 traveled to Uruguay in February 2009 to study a budding blueberry farming venture on the outskirts of Montevideo. They investigated challenges created by weather conditions, labor costs, and intense competition in the global marketplace. The students used the findings from their field research to prepare a case study in international business. Former Cornell President Les Garner provided mentorship for the case study.

  • Pullman Archives at the Newberry Library

    Mara Oda ’10 had the opportunity to conduct primary research in U.S. business history at Chicago’s noted Newberry Library. Under the guidance of Professor Santhi Hejeebu (economics and business), Oda studied the 1943 antitrust court case that led to the breakup of the iconic Pullman railroad company. The Newberry Library houses an extensive archive of Pullman company records, enabling her to review primary legal documents such as the complaint and the briefs.