Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between doing a thesis and an independent research in a semester?

A thesis requires a defense, and significantly more research and writing than an independent research. If you manage your time well, combining 4 full classes with an independent research is doable, and has been done by many students in the past. However, given the workload of the thesis, you should set aside at least one extra semester where you can concentrate on writing and defense.

Does IACS provide any funds for students visiting conferences?

 IACS helps fund students who are first authors for conference papers to attend conferences, usually splitting the costs with the student’s advisor/lab. IACS has also sent master’s students as ambassadors to student recruiting/diversity conferences. You can check with your faculty advisors as they might have funds too.