Originally Posted by jake0405
So if i want to write my indepedent thesis, i have to contact a prof who is researching on topic closely related to the one that you will be researching on?
And if you want to just participate in the prof's research project (not doing my own original research), i just email them to volunteer? or join in courses like research practicum?
That's not quite how it works.
In most cases, the prof you're working for will give you a project that you work on. It's "original" in the sense that nobody has done the work before; ideally it will be publishable material or contribute to a larger story that is publishable. You don't typically design the project on your own, especially not before meeting with/talking to the prof. I've heard of one prof before who told his thesis students they could design their own projects, but that was after he'd accepted them into the lab, and they were given guidance. No matter what the case is though, your thesis will be a part of the prof's overall research project. They're not going to pay a ton of money for you to do science that doesn't contribute to their overall research. It's not "independent" in the way that you seem to be thinking.
If by "research practicum" you are referring to three-unit research project courses, those aren't considered theses; they're "projects" that require less time, are worth less units and generally have less work associated with them (you might write a paper but not a full thesis, there probably won't be a poster/presentation, etc).