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Students can conduct original research or independent study under the guidance of a faculty member. Possibilities include study of an advanced or special topic, work as a research assistant, participation in a problem-solving seminar, and investigation of open problems as part of an honors project. To get started, a student should find a willing faculty member to help design and oversee the effort; the departmental honors advisor can help with this step. Course credit can be obtained through the numbers MATH 296, 691H or 692H (see with the approval of the supervising faculty member, and the Independent Study Coordinator, Hans Christianson (

Once the student reaches an agreement with a faculty supervisor, the student must complete an Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM)The contract must be completed and approved by the Friday of the first week of classes.

If you are applying to MATH 691H or MATH 692H, please include a copy of your unofficial transcript with the application.  You can access your unofficial transcript in ConnectCarolina click on the My Academics link in the Academics area of your Student Center. Then, select the View my Internal Transcript link.

Instructions for completing the Online Learning Contract Manager can be found at: