Junior Plan

To: Junior majors in Ed Studies

All juniors must attend a meeting with Ed Studies faculty on Tuesday March 6th, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. in McCook 201 conference room (light lunch will be provided) to learn about requirements for the one-semester independent research project, which is typically completed in the Educ 400: Senior Research Seminar on Monday afternoons (1:15-3:55 pm) in the fall semester.

To receive permission to enroll in the seminar, juniors must submit a 2-page research plan for approval by the Educational Studies faculty, due before advising week. This year the deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018, so that faculty may review and discuss any revisions that may be necessary before Advising Week and Pre-registration in April.

Steps to submit your plan:

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

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

3) Copy the link to your GDoc, and paste it into an email to Professor Jack Dougherty (jack.dougherty@trincoll.edu), who will share it with other Ed Studies faculty members.

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:
  • Senior Research Presentations: see titles and slides
  • 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://commons.trincoll.edu/cli/student-pathways (new application process available soon). 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.