Category Archives: Current reflections on the process

Asking the Right Questions: How to Design and Conduct Interviews

My research concerns a program in Hartford that helps ex-offenders re-enter into society and is focused on reducing recidivism in Connecticut. When preparing interview questions for this project, I went through several stages. I had to make sure my interview questions … Continue reading

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The Institutional Review Board Process

Trinity College’s Institutional Review Board acts as the governing body over research involving human subjects and helps Trinity researchers comply with state and federal laws related to research conduct.  Any student or faculty member who wishes to conduct research that … Continue reading

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Second Colloquium Meeting

The Community Learning Initiative Fellows Second Colloquium Meeting focused on solidifying the research ideas and project designs. For the Second Colloquium, I prepared a set of questions for Minh and Minh Anh, who are pairing with Achieve Hartford and Hartford … Continue reading

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Informal CLI Lunches: A Place to Receive Individualized Attention

Unlike the CLI colloquia, which are structured conversations aimed at improving the research of each of the CLI Fellows, the informal lunches are unstructured, free-flowing, easy-going conversations where the researcher can direct the dialogue to answer her questions and to … Continue reading

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WordPress Workshop

Understanding how to use the basic features of WordPress is an important skill for all CLI Fellows. Not only is it useful for keeping track of the progress and results of the research projects worked on by former and current … Continue reading

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How Your Community Partner Shapes Your Research

One of most beneficial aspects of the colloquium is that it encourages students to connect with members of the community to enhance students’ awareness of needs in the community. As research fellows, we choose community partner and thus, are given … Continue reading

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How to Communicate Findings Effectively

This semester, I am working on a research project, called “Spatial Analysis of Metro Hartford students attending HPS-run magnet schools, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013” with Professor Zannoni as my adviser and Minh Anh as my partner. Because Hartford Public School (HPS)-run … Continue reading

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The Art of the Presentation

After a great tutorial on tips and tricks for crafting a PowerPoint presentation by Professor Sue Denning, I set out to prepare my presentation on the services available to immigrants in Hartford. In Professor Denning’s tutorial, she stressed to us … Continue reading

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Changes from a Half-year to a Year-long Project

When it comes to doing research or projects, especially those involving people, you learn to be flexible and to work with what you find. When I sent in my proposal last spring, I described my project as a semester-long project … Continue reading

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“Challenges and Changing Ideas: Adapting to the Unexpected”

I have always been told to have plan B and C if plan A does not work out. I did not know that this idea applied to the research process as well. Before I left campus at the end of … Continue reading

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