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School of Education & Social Policy

Graduate Capstone Colloquium

During their final academic year in the program, candidates for a master’s in higher education or community engagement embark on a yearlong research project on a topic of their choice.

The capstone requires research, interviews and data analysis, and comes together with a research paper and poster presentation.  

The posters are presented at the annual capstone colloquium event. In addition, two students selected by their peers present their topic and findings.

 Capstone Colloquium Student Presentations

2016

Hallie Dowling-Huppert, Community Engagement
“Creating a Culture of Intervention: Assessing Bystander Intervention Training Implementation at Merrimack College”

2016

Madeleine Chouanard, Higher Education
“A Tight-Knit Community: An Assessment of an Honors Living Learning Community”

2015

Hannah Miller, Community Engagement
“My Voice My Choice: Developing Personal Leadership and Advocacy Skills Through Theater of the Oppressed”

2015

Kate Loughlin, Higher Education
“Supporting Undergraduate Students in Developing a Growth Mindset: Strategies & Best Practices”

2014

Sabina Shakya, Community Engagement
“Civic Engagement: Perceptions and Attitudes of Nepalese Educational Migrants”

2014

Tara Strong, Higher Education
“Recognizing a Special Population: A Study of Support Programs that Aid Foster Youths’ Success at Higher Education Institutions”

2013

Jasiela Chaves, Community Engagement
“Popular Education: An Urban Education Movement”

2013

Caraline Moholland, Higher Education
“The Critical Component: Implementation and Assessment of Service Learning Reflection Workshops at Merrimack College”

2012

Jamie Caccavaro, Community Engagement
“Benefits of a Sports Team Nonprofit Relationship: A Case Study of the Relationship Between the Boston Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund”

2012

Jerry Smith, Higher Education
“Merrimack Fund Thank You Video: A Stewardship Vehicle Shaped by Student and Alumni Research”