The Independent Research Project offers students an opportunity to explore in depth a subject of special interest, particularly one not offered in the regular curriculum. The focus of the research project should be a specific topic rather than general issues in Buddhist Studies. Research projects are supervised by faculty members or other experts in the field of interest. Advisors assist in planning projects, but responsibility for the design and the execution of the project lies with the student. A written report of approximately 4,000 words is expected upon completion of the project.