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Trinity offers many opportunities for students to engage in research, both on and off campus. There are experiences to suit a wide range of interests, from independent student designed research projects, to close collaborations with professors from all academic divisions, to research projects conducted in collaboration with a community partner in the greater Hartford region, to participation in clinical research projects at area medical centers. Students may engage in research opportunities during the academic year, an intersession, or over the summer through one or many of the programs offered below.

Explore the programs on this page, and find something that engages you!

Summer Research Program
​This program supports intensive student involvement in faculty supervised research at Trinity during the summer.  Students receive a stipend for up to 10 weeks’ full-time work, as well as on-campus housing. In addition, students are invited to participate in weekly lunches featuring speakers and panels.

Support for Student Travel
Support is provided for student’s travel to professional conferences to present research they have conducted at Trinity College. Funds should be requested well in advance of proposed travel.

Student-Initiated Research Grants
These grants provide support for Trinity undergraduates, under the general supervision of faculty, to develop their own research projects. The research supported by these grants is expected to relate to a student’s thesis, senior project, or other student scholarly activity such as a senior seminar or an independent study.

Community Learning Research Fellows​ 
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. Projects may be connected to an independent study, an internship, a community-learning course, or a senior thesis/project.

Davis Projects for Peace​
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world.

Grossman Research Grants for Global Studies
All students undertaking investigations in global issues for a Trinity course or under the supervision of a Trinity faculty member are eligible to apply for grants from the Grossman Fund to attend conferences, visit libraries, conduct fieldwork, or offset other research-related expenses.

Joan D. Hedrick Student Research Stipend​
The Joan D. Hedrick Student Research Stipend, established in honor of Professor Joan D. Hedrick, the founding director of Trinity’s Women’s Studies Program, supports student research on any aspect of women’s history that involves primary sources.

Jeffrey E. Kelter ’76 Urban Studies Endowment Fund​​
The Jeffrey E. Kelter ‘ 76 Urban Studies Endowment Fund at the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) supports student investigations of a broad range of key urban issues confronting humankind in the 21st century.   Of special interest are projects related to real estate and urban planning.

L​iberal Arts Action Lab
In this program, Hartford community partners define problems facing the city and collaborate with teams of students and faculty to research and publicly share possible solutions. The Action Lab is an educational partnership between Capital Community College and Trinity College. Our goals are to strengthen the city and its role in the region, spark social innovation, and support civic engagement and sustainability.

Public Humanities Collaborative​
This summer research opportunity that brings together students, faculty, and individuals and organizations in Hartford to work on public humanities: the study of how people interpret stories of our human experience. PHC is a component of Trinity College’s Summer Research Program funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, funds 16 students per summer ($3500 stipend plus 10 weeks housing).

Tanaka Research Fund 
The Tanaka Memorial Foundation established an endowed fund to allow students to pursue formal research projects abroad, with a special focus on Asia, during the months of July and August.

The Heath Fellows Program ​
Launched in 1999, the Health Fellows Program is an innovative academic program offering students exceptional opportunities to participate in a clinical research project.  In addition to their regular coursework, students work 30 hours per week with clinical-care physicians or other research-active health care providers in one-on-one relationships at area medical centers.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Thomas Urban China Student Research Grant
This summer research program in Chinese cities has curricular connections to the new minor in Urban China Studies and its capstone field course (URST 313).

Student-Initiated Research Grants: Isabelle Moore ’18

Isabelle Moore '18 received a Student-Initiated Research Grant to go to Spain and carry out an anthropological study of what pilgrims carry with them on the Camino del Santiago. Here, she and professor of anthropology James Trostle, talk about the importance of extending the classroom experience to the field.