Independent Minds, Working Together
Student and faculty member discussing project in art studio class
 

The Support You Need to Succeed

Abundant workspace

The Flo K. Gault Library for Independent Study – one of three libraries on campus – reserves more than 300 study carrels for seniors working on I.S. projects. Most are hardwired to the campus network, through which you can connect to academic libraries and databases throughout the state, gaining access to more than 44 million books and other materials. (There’s also wireless access throughout the library.)

If you’re a science or studio art major, you’ll have access to dedicated lab or studio space. And when it comes time to present your I.S., you’ll have the resources to do it well: every studio art major gets a public exhibition of his or her work; every music performance major gives a recital. 

Financial support

Wooster has two funding opportunities to bring a complex or especially ambitious I.S. within reach.

The Henry J. Copeland Fund for Independent Study provides about $90,000 in competitive grants each year that can assist with I.S.-related travel, supplies, and equipment. In recent years, Copeland grants have helped students defray expenses for researching mariachi music in Guadalajara, studying the lives of West African immigrants in Paris, producing a documentary film on survivors of Hiroshima, and experimenting with ways to purify methane gas so it can be used as a renewable energy source.

The Kendall-Rives Latin American Research Grant makes available approximately $10,000 each year to Wooster sophomores and juniors to support research projects on some aspect of U.S. – Latin American relations. The projects must be conducted in a Latin American country in preparation for, or as part of, a senior I.S. project in any major.

The Copeland and Kendall-Rives funds, along with the rest of the college’s resources, are here to support your abilities — and expand your possibilities.