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. 

Due on April 26th at 9am EST

  • Posters: 36x24-PDF
  • Video: 5 min video which should consist of a synopsis of your work-how did you come up with this subject, methods you used, outcome, etc…as if this was in person. What would you want your audience to know?
  • You will need to add your title/abstract in the “discussion” area when you upload your video and poster.  Directions are here.  This will give the person(s) reading it the whole picture.


Due on April 29th, 9am EST

  • Paper that corresponds with your poster and video

May 3rd, 9AM EST

  • Poster Session will be a virtual event but not live, unfortunately.  We took this into consideration but it would have been difficult considering people in different times zones, coordinating faculty, etc.…

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


For the 2021 CSML Poster Session, you will need to submit your assignments and engage in discussions with your fellow students through Canvas.

Instructions for submitting your work.

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

  • size: 36" x 24"
  • format: PDF, JPG (powerpoint and keynote files are not acceptable.)

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

Examples of previous work