Students should consider taking advantage of the academic and other educational resources abroad to incorporate into a senior thesis or research project when they return to their home campus.
Study abroad is an excellent opportunity to conduct first-hand fieldwork in a wide variety of disciplines. Students should consult with their academic advisor in advance of study abroad, or while abroad, to generate ideas for research projects and research methods.
If your project will involve research with human subjects, Middlebury College requires that you obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which oversees policy and protocol on all research involving human subjects. Even if you are not studying human subjects, if you interview anyone for your project, this approval may be required. For information on this approval process (which is not onerous) and forms to complete it, please see http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/resources/irb.