Independent Work Information

Nabhonil Kar '21

The image is example of research performed by Nabhonil Kar '21 who was part of a team that developed a novel machine learning algorithm to identify biological pathways associated with certain cancer phenotypes. 

General Information

To fulfill the independent work requirement of the CSML undergraduate certificate, the project must have a substantial machine learning or statistics component.  Typically, this is achieved in one of two ways: via applied work or via a core methodological contribution.

Applied projects should tackle some domain of intellectual interest in science, engineering, the humanities, etc.  The project should use machine learning or statistical methods in a non-trivial way to analyze the data or in support of an engineering goal.  The project report should go into detail about what these methods were and how they were used.

Example 1
Example 2

Methodological or theoretical projects will push forward our understanding of machine learning or statistical techniques.  Such projects may propose new models, optimizers, inference approaches, estimators, etc.  In this case, the report will primarily serve to explain the idea and then evaluate it empirically and/or theoretically.  The main results of such a project may be theorems or comparisons against alternative techniques.


Presentation of the project at the CSML IW poster session is required.

Important Certificate Dates

A picture showing a student presenting her research project at a CSML poster session.

A scene from a previous Center for Statistics and Machine Learning poster session, which are held every spring. 

2/13/2020: Title and abstracts are due and should be emailed to instead of me directly please. 

4/1/2020: Final title and abstracts are due and should be emailed to instead of me directly please.

4/29/2020: Posters are due by noon. I need the posters because CSML will print and bring them to the session. If you miss this date you will be responsible to print them on your own and bring with you on 5/8.

5/1/2020: Papers are due by noon

5/8/2020: Poster Session, 12PM, location Carl A. Fields, multipurpose room 104

Independent Work FAQ
Can I use my JP or senior thesis from another department for my CSML IW?

Yes, you can.  As long as the project has a substantial machine learning or statistics component to it, you may submit work that was done for another program.

I’m working with a graduate student in a lab on a collaborative project. Can I use that project for my CSML IW?

Yes, you can use such a project as the basis of your CSML IW.  However, you should report on your own work in support of the project, and what you did yourself should have a substantial machine learning or statistics component to it.

Independent Work Poster Information


Please see below the poster requirements as well as past poster winner examples.  If you have questions, please email

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FYI:  Please wait to send your title/abstract. I will email you when to send them.

Examples of previous work