Students participate in research projects throughout their program. The nature and scope of the projects vary, but the common objectives are to achieve high quality research mentoring, ultimately achieve independence, and produce publishable work. Initially, research projects are typically faculty-initiated with the student taking an increasingly substantive role over time in all or most aspects of the project. Through the dissertation process, projects will be designed and conducted by the student under the mentorship of a faculty member. For information about faculty research interests, see Faculty and Staff.