Community Learning Research Fellows collaborate with Hartford-area community partners and Trinity faculty sponsors on research or creative projects. Community partners may include non-profit organizations, neighborhood advocacy groups, government agencies, or educational institutions. Students may work solo or in a small team on these semester- or year-long projects, which must be connected to a credit-bearing activity (an independent study, internship, community-learning course, or senior thesis/project), supervised by the faculty sponsor during the semester.
In Spring 2022, Research Fellows will participate in the Community Learning Research Colloquium (CLIC 400 with Professor Jack Dougherty) on Fridays 12-12:50pm for a 0.5 credit addition to their independent study, internship, community learning course, or senior thesis/project. Fellows will also attend monthly Common Hour events, and publicly present their projects at the end of the semester. Fellows receive a $250 expense grant per project to support their work, and faculty sponsors receive a $1,000 expense grant or stipend per project for participating and supervising student work.
Apply in late October. Details to come.
To be eligible, Trinity students must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors, who have already completed a Community Learning (CL) course or participated in a community engagement project while studying abroad.
1) Identify a research or creative project that serves the goals of a Hartford-area community partner:
- Reach out to community partners from your prior class projects, community service, internships, or view the CHER list of recent partnerships and schedule an appointment with Community Learning Director Erica Crowley to discuss your ideas.
- Search past projects in the CHER Research Archive (opens in new tab) and this blog post about Fall 2019 projects.
Here are some project ideas from community partners (coming soon). Click any box below to learn more:
2) Discuss your idea and partnership with a faculty sponsor who is available during the Spring to supervise your credit-bearing activity (an independent study, internship, community-learning course, or senior thesis/project). Ask faculty who have worked with you in the past or browse the Trinity Faculty Profiles.
3) Complete the online application form below before the deadline. We will check the information you submit with your faculty sponsor and community partner, so make sure you keep both informed about your application. For questions, contact Director of Community Learning Erica Crowley.