In accordance with the Educational Studies Program learning goals, all senior majors design, conduct, and present a one-semester independent research project, based on primary and secondary sources, with qualitative, quantitative, and/or historical methods.

Seniors have the option to upload their final research paper and/or presentation to the Trinity Digital Repository to share their work with the public. See uploading instructions.

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Class of 2014

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Measuring Student Gains on the Connecticut Mastery Test, Taylor K. Godfrey

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Students’ Perspectives on Looping in a Waldorf School, Pornpat Pootinath

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The Study of Choice: Looking at Parent Surveys and Putting Them into Perspective, Brigit M. Rioual

Class of 2013

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Teachers’ Perceptions on the Availability and Quality Of Computer Science and Technology in Schools, Pauline H. Lake

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Disciplinary Practices in the Elementary School Setting, Alicia MacNabb

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American Sign Language: Culture, Community, & Identity, Hannah Malenfant

Class of 2012

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English Language Learners: an analysis of policy and achievement over time, Ashley Ardinger

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Working With Nonprofit Organizations: A Study on Dreamfar High School Marathon, Courtney Chaloff

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Forming Relationships to Benefit Schooling: How Students and Mentors Percieve Benefits of Afterschool Mentoring, Abby Himmelrich

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The Impact of Student Tracking on Latino/a Students at WHS, Harry Melendez III

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Bilingual Education in Hamilton Heights: Constructing Student Identity Through Language Policy, Amanda Shifreen

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“How Did We Get Here? Exploring Students of Color’s Journeys at Trinity College”, Candace Simpson

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Alternative Education Programs: School Choice & Student Benefit, Anique Thompson

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Defendiendo mi identidad: Construyendo las identidades de estudiantes latinos de Trinity College, Karina Torres

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Language Policies: A study of Language Ideologies in Connecticut State Policies for English Language Learners, Karina Torres

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Minority Status and School Choice: The Experiences of Native-­‐Born African American and West Indian Immigrants in Hartford, Nathan Walsh

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Why Parents Choose: Patterns of School Choice and the Role of the Hartford Community School, Nathan Walsh

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Students in Need: Benefits and Challenges of a Special Education School, Brooke Weicker

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Trinity College Student-Athletes and Time Management, Kristina Yu

Class of 2011

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Alone in a Crowded Room? First-Year Students’ Views on the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in High School Classrooms, Samantha Alcala

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Parents as Citizens of School Communities: Latina Mothers Navigating the Tensions Surrounding Cultural Differences, Language Barriers, and Expectations in Hartford Public Schools., Katherine Apfelbaum

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Psychology and Special Education Reform, Ada Avila

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Historical Simulations in the Classroom: Bringing Race and Class Talk to Students, Katie Campbell

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Gwan Ah Foreign: Multicultural Education and the Schooling of West-Indian Transnationals, Alisa Cox-West

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The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System: How It Has Impacted Teachers, Tim Dunn

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The Art of Education: Comparing Classroom Dynamic Influences on the Learning Process, Julie E. Findlay

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Girls’ Self-Esteem Rates in Single Sex & Coed High Schools, Alexa Guglielmi

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Teaching Methods at Single Sex High Schools: An analysis of the implementation of biological differences and learning styles, Sarah Keller

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"Standing strong from the other side of the bars": Examining an arts-based program for students with incarcerated parents, Stacey Lopez

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A Comparison of Teacher Perceptions of their Teacher Certification Programs, Begaeta Nukic

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Investigating the Preschool Curriculum, Stephanie Rucker

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Whose side are you on? Examining why teachers unions and charter school advocates clash and how they can stop fighting each other and fight together to improve public education?, Stephen Santos

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Impact of Playing a Collegiate Sport on Satisfaction on Overall Experience in College, Katherine Stoltenberg

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What Makes a School Successful? A Case Study at the George Jackson Unique Magnet School in Hartford CT, Cyemone Wolliston

Submissions from 2010

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Fighting Segregation, Teaching Multiculturalism: The Beginning of the Education/Instruccion Narrative of the 1970s Hartford Civil Rights Movement, Jasmin Agosto

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Educating the Public About Ecstasy: Comparing Two Forms of Research Dissemination, Noelle Bessette

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Student-Athlete Educational Perceptions: A Comparative Study of Division I and Division III Student-Athletes, Jared Boyd

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Playing Catch-Up: Hartford Public School Budgeting in 2007-2009, Vicky Chu

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Reputations and Realities: A Comparative Study of Parental Perceptions, School Quality and the SmartChoices Website, Courteney Coyne

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Food for Thought Nutrition in America’s Schools, Anne de la Mothe Karoubi

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Advocating for change: The creation of a critical learning environment in an urban school with young children, Claudia Dresser

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The Culture of Drug Use During the School Day in an Urban School System, Sari Fromson

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Examining the Exceptions: Beyond the Excuses, What Successful Urban Schools are Doing to Close the Achievement Gap, Lauren Poinier

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The Usage of Maps in Facilitating Conversations with Stakeholders about Educational Desegregation in Hartford, Brittany Price

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Math Teachers: What Influences Their Teaching Methods?, LiJin Yan

Class of 2009

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Why the School for Young Children? An inside look into the institutional and parental motivations and expectations, Kathy Chang

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Identity Formation of Young Adults: An Oral History Exploration, Franci Davila

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Single Sex versus Coeducational Colleges: Who wins the self-esteem battle?, Maria Dixon

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Teachers’ Expectations of Middle School Students, Melissa Harris

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Who Mentors? Student Involvement and Perceptions of Hartford, Rachel McHugh

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Increasing the Arts in Public Schools: The Arkansas Success Story, Samantha Moorin

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Trinity’s Second-Language Requirement: Focusing on students’ perspectives, Sunny Park

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Helpful or Harmful? Teach For America in a Hartford Elementary School, Cintli Sanchez

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Differences in Black and White Satisfaction at a Predominantly White Institution, Carla Thompkins

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Examining Which Factors Influence the Drinking Culture on College Campuses, Aaron Westbrooks

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Hartford’s Southeast Asian Refugee Population: Servicing the Needs of a Growing Community, Mari Zigas

Class of 2008

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“Who Really Gets Left Behind?” The Impact of “No Child Left Behind” On Special Needs Services at a Hartford School, Laurie DiMartino

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ABC: A Better Chance or A Better Culture?, Cory Edmonds

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The role of sign language in a child’s development: Teacher’s perspectives and practices, Erin Fitzgerald

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Trade School or Menial Jobs: The Messages African American and Latino Boys are receiving about their Futures in an Urban Transitional School, Gloribel Gonzalez

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Suburban Flight from Hartford Magnet Schools: Parents Views, Timothy Goring

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How Catholic School Personnel Perceive and Explain Minority Achievement in the Catholic Setting, Erik Jefferson

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Exploring the Gender Achievement Gap Among Minority Students, Keisha John

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Chile’s Revolution of the Penguins: Potential & Prospects, Jackie Kahan

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Title: Behavior Management Methods for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorder: A Comparative Study, Kelly Mearns

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Parental Motivations for Magnet School Choice A Qualitative Study in Hartford, CT, Heather Moore

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Teaching English to English Language Learners in 1960s and Today, Sunny Park

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A Closer Look at Latino Adult Immigrant Experiences and Their Educational Aspirations, Natasha Rosa

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The Teachers Next Door: A Comparative Study of Preschool Teachers’ Instructional Practices, Alexandra Schmidt

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Exploring Perceptions of the Role of Athletics in NESCAC Schools following Reclaiming the Game, Tyler Simms

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Magnet schools in Hartford: The intersection of race and school choice among applicants, Jesse Wanzer

Class of 2007

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Time Out!: Behavior Management for Children with Special Needs, Katie Brewer

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The Effects of Full Inclusion on Special Education Placement and Practices: The Case of a Hartford Elementary School, Joe Clark

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Examining Gender-based Achievement Gaps in Math and Science at Trinity College, Erin Daly

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Parental Involvement in Urban Schools: The Case of a Family Resource Center in Hartford, Sara Dougherty

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Fighting the Good Fight: Perspectives on Teach For America from Current and Past Corps Members, Libby Franco

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The Battles Over Sex Education: History, Politics, and Practice, Stacey Goldberg

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Regular Classroom Teachers’ Perceptions of Mainstreaming: One Year After Full-Inclusion, Kate McEarchern

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Understanding Behavior ‘Problems’ in Urban Elementary Schools, Alex Miller

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Ability Grouping in the Elementary Classroom and its Effects on Students’ Academic Lives, Chris Olenoski

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A Political History of School Finance Reform in the Metropolitan Hartford Region, 1945-2005, Lis Pennington

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Birth to Three in Day Cares: Perspectives of Specialists and Day Care Providers, Jenna Shouldice

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Girlie-Girls, Tomboys, and Everything in Between: The Messages Girls are Receiving and Sending About their Place in an Urban Elementary School Classroom, Jessica Wagner

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Minority Students in the Montessori Classroom, Aleesha Young

Class of 2006

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Educating Juvenile Detainees: The Goals of a Connecticut Facility, Tara Borawski

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Student Athletes' Perceptions of the Academic Athletic Relationship, Tim Cleary

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From Same-Sex to Co-ed: Trinity female students’ perceptions of their transition to college, Joanna Confalone

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Condom on a Cucumber: The Sex Education Needs of Trinity College Students, Lara Dieterich

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Do Magnet Schools Attract All Families Equally?, Naralys Estevez

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Examining Male Education: Discipline and classroom structure in an all-boys elementary classroom, Erin Michelson

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Shaping the Learning Corridor: Interdistrict Magnet Schools, 1990s to the Present, Nivia Nieves

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"What We’re Saying”: Teacher’s Perceptions of ‘Success for All', Jennifer O'Donnell

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Co-Teaching as a Response to Mainstreaming: The Perspectives of Teachers at a Magnet Middle School, Charkie Quarcoo

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Teachers' Perspectives on Mainstreaming of Special Education Students in Hartford, Elena Wetmore

Class of 2005

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Gender Bias in Middle School Classrooms, Jessica Baker

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Suburban Participation in Hartford’s Project Concern School Desegregation Program 1966-1998, Grace Beckett

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The True Power Behind the Vote, Brandon Best

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An Analysis of Project REACH, Erin Conley

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Understanding the Dropout Rate in Hartford: 1996-Present, Hilary Cramer

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Gender-Based Achievement, Self-Confidence, and Enrollment Gaps: Mathematics at Trinity College, Charlotte Grassi