Junior Plan

To: Junior majors in Ed Studies

All juniors must attend (or if studying away, Skype into) a meeting with Ed Studies faculty on Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. in McCook 303 classroom (light lunch will be provided) to learn about requirements for the one-semester senior thesis. Students typically complete their thesis while enrolled in the Educ 400: Senior Research Seminar. Due to the large size of the Class of 2021, the Ed Studies faculty will assign students to ONE of two sections, both to be taught by Prof. Dan Douglas:

    • Educ 400 section 1 in Fall 2020 on Mondays 1:15-3:55pm
    • Educ 400 section 2 in Spring 2021 on Mondays 1:15-3:55pm

Read the materials below before the meeting, and bring your ideas about a potential research project for your senior year.

To receive permission to enroll in Educ 400:

1) Schedule an appointment to discuss your plan with Professor Dan Douglas well before the deadline below. (If you are studying away this semester, email him 2-3 days/times when you are available to Skype).

2) Open the Junior Plan Google Document 2-page template, sign in, and File > Make a Copy to your drive

3) Set the Share settings to Advanced > Anyone with link > Can Comment.

4) Copy the link to your GDoc, and paste it into an email to Professor Daniel Douglas by Tuesday March 31st 2020 at 3pm. He will share your plan with other Ed Studies faculty members, who will review it and may require you to make revisions before Advising Week in early April.

Additional resources:

  • Make an appointment to speak with any Ed Studies faculty members or any Social Science Support people at Trinity
  • Sample Junior Plans from previous years:
  • Recent Senior Research Presentations:
  • Ed Studies Senior Projects in the Trinity College Digital Repository
  • Supplemental Internship: Some student may wish to supplement their Ed 400 project with a half-credit pass/fail internship, which entails working 8 hours per week with an organization, to build a closer relationship for conducting your research. To propose this, add a section to your plan that describes the internship and how it fits with your research project. If your Ed 400 instructor agrees to be your faculty sponsor, then Arrange and Register for an Internship with Career Development, ask your community partner to be your field supervisor, and propose additional written work beyond the research project (such as a series of reflective essays).
  • Coordinate with another researcher: Some students may wish to coordinate their independent research with another Ed 400 student’s project. For example, two students could work on separate research studies, but pool together interview questions to collect data from the same population. Furthermore, some seniors may wish to coordinate their Ed 400 research project with a thesis in their other major, by conducting two distinct studies on a related topic. To propose a coordinated study, add a section that explains the relationship between your Ed 400 project and work by other students or for other classes.
  • Community Learning Research Fellows: If your study involves a Hartford-area community partner, apply to become a CLI Research Fellow at http://cher.trincoll.edu/fellows. Additional 0.5 credit class in fall semester, with more faculty support and expense funding for research conducted with a community partner.
  • Summer Research Funding: Apply to the Summer Research Program to start working on your research with a participating faculty member during the summer, and receive $3,500 stipend plus 10 weeks of housing. See also the Public Humanities Collaborative summer program.