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Working one-on-one with professors

At Carleton, students have the opportunity to work individually with professors on a number of research projects, as Chase details.

At Carleton, students have the opportunity to work individually with professors on a number of research projects, as Chase details.


Beyond individual appointments and office hours with profs, a number of Carleton students like myself work on independent research projects. Inspired by my own current work with Cati Fortin on my comps, I conferred with some Carls who’ve worked 1:1 with profs to see what they thought:

“Comps tests your self-restraint and discipline but once it’s done, there’s so much to celebrate!” – Malia ’18

“I had the opportunity to translate a Japanese film and will allow me to meet with the director next winter.” – Daniel ’19

“The prof I worked with told me about the possibilities I had based on my skills so I could contribute to open-source projects.” – Ziyang ’19

“Doing original research is cool, and having a prof who knows what’s going on is super helpful.” – Nathaniel ’19

“I am super glad that my department’s profs are so involved in comps, because profs give you feedback from them throughout the research process.” – Leila ’18

In my own personal experience working 1:1 with profs in preparation for a linguistics conference and for the senior thesis/comps, I’ve had a fantastic experience. If I have a problem or a major setback in my research, need a little help with developing ideas, or want to walk through a particularly difficult article together, profs are there to help.

Profs are extremely supportive, but will definitely hold you to high standards, as I’ve been informed of with things like “Yikes, that’s a bold claim that’s not well supported!” That said, these were said all in good humor and the research project was finished and no hard feelings! I have yet to have a negative experience working with a professor in this capacity.


Chase is a junior linguistics major and is more than glad to exchange the year-round California heat for some Minnesota seasonality. In his free time, he enjoys learning and teaching urban dance choreography, playing guzheng, and cycling around Northfield. When Chase doesn’t have free time, which is often, he’ll be in the libe or Sayles with a cup (or cups) of chai tea in hand.