Indepedent Study

Senior Independent Study (I.S.) is the most distinctive feature of a Wooster education. Each Wooster senior creates an original research project on a topic or idea they care about supported one-on-one by a faculty mentor. Wooster's I.S. program has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report, college presidents, and deans as one of the best senior capstone programs in the country. Senior I.S. provides the opportunity to accumulate more substantial and independent research experience than students may acquire at comparable schools. Wooster students do more than just collect facts about a specific topic; they evaluate information, analyze complex problems, propose solutions, and develop unique plans of action. The I.S. thesis is tangible proof of our students' skills and marks them as independent scholars who can communicate clearly and are ready to take on higher-level study or the beginning of a career.

Recent projects by Pre-Health students have included:

  • Characterizing the Interleukin-16 Signaling Pathway in Neurons and Interleukin-16’s Affect on Neuronal Morphology
    Carl Fry '08, Neuroscience (Now at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Investigating the Role of the C-Terminal Domain in McsB, a Structurally Unique Tyrosine Kinase Found in Bacillus Subtilis
    James Graham '08, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Applying this year)
  • Historical Perspective and Modern Realities: An Analysis of Health Insurance in Rural Tanzania
    Nicholas Weida '08, Historical Economics (Now at Boston University School of Medicine)
  • Eicosapentaenoic Acid Does Not Reduce Immobility in the Mouse Forced Swim Test
    Salim Abboud '07, Psychology (Now at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine)
  • An Investigation of the Effects of Statins on Exercise Capacity, with a Subsequent Study of the Use of Creatine as a Potential Intervention
    Katie Wieferich '07, Chemistry (Now at Ohio State University College of Medicine)