Students and Faculty: Apply for Fall 2019 Hartford Research Opportunities by March 31st
The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research invites students and faculty sponsors to apply for either or both of two competitive Fall 2019 research programs: Community Learning Research Fellows and the Liberal Arts Action Lab.
In the Community Learning Research Fellows students collaborate with a Hartford area-community partner and a Trinity College faculty sponsors on a research or creative project. Collaborations with community partners can happen one of two ways: (1) if you are already planning an independent study, internship, community-learning course, or senior thesis/project with a community partner, you can apply to join the .5 credit Research Fellows weekly seminar where you can discuss your research with an interdisciplinary group of students (2) Alternatively, we have community partners who are seeking student researchers and you may apply to work with one of them, while also participating in the .5 credit weekly seminar. To be eligible, Trinity students must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors, who have already completed a Community Learning course or participated in a community engagement project while studying abroad. Possible partners/projects for Fall 2019 include:
- Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Hartford Communities That Care: Firearm Safe Storage
- Park Watershed: Documenting Ecosystem Benefits of Forests Along a Stream Corridor
- YWCA Hartford Region: Maternal Mortality Among Women of Color in the Greater Hartford Area
- City of Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez: Determining Feasibility of Bilingual Education in Hartford
- City of Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs: Needs-Based Rationale for Public Art
In the Liberal Arts Action Lab, Hartford community partners define projects facing the city and collaborate with teams of students and faculty from Trinity College and Capital Community College to research and publicly share solutions. Students must be available to enroll in two Action Lab courses: LAAL 200 Action Research Methods in Hartford (for all students on Monday afternoons, around 1-4pm) and an LAAL 201 Hartford Research Project team (6 students, meets either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons, around 1-4pm, or Wednesday evenings, around 6:30-9:10pm). Both will be taught by the Action Lab Director, Megan Brown, at our downtown campus, and successful students will earn 2 Trinity credits, which is the equivalent of 6 CCC credits. Cross-referenced Action Lab courses count toward Trinity majors in Ed Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy & Law, and Urban Studies, and some other majors. Fall 2019 Action Lab proposals include:
- Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA): Researching Absentee Landlords and Informing Community Development
- Active City: Increasing Youth Sports Participation in Hartford
- Lilly Sin Barreras: Relocation Post Hurricane Maria
- Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness: Research and Outreach for the 5,000 CT youth who are experiencing homelessness.
- National Park Service: Measuring Park Usage and Directing Resources
- Hartford 2000: Asset Mapping and Leverage for Community Development
To apply for the Community Learning Research Fellows visit https://cher.trincoll.edu/fellows and contact Professor Laura.Holt@trincoll.edu with any questions. To apply for the Liberal Arts Action Lab visit https://action-lab.org/apply/students/ and contact Action Lab Director Megan.Brown@trincoll.edu with questions.
The application deadline for both programs is Sunday March 31st.