Independent Programs

Students in their 3rd and 4th year can submit an Independent Study proposal which allows them to complete a research project or clinical preceptorship at Brown, under the supervision of a Brown faculty member. 

The total weeks of credit should reflect a minimum of 40 hours per week of work. Please allow one month before your proposed start date for the process.

The student should:

  • first consult the faculty member who is being asked to serve as sponsor
  • fill out an Independent Study proposal form. When complete, print and sign the form
  • email a copy of the completed form to your faculty sponsor for their signature
  • send the signed copy of the form to Dr. Michael Mello ( for approval at least 3 weeks before the start date of the project