Senior Capstone Project

During their senior year, Education Studies Scholars complete a year-long capstone project which enables them to conduct in-depth original research or develop an educational innovation. This is an opportunity for scholars to take what they have learned from the program, and decide how they want to make a contribution in the broader education field.

Scholar projects have included original quantitative and qualitative research, policy proposals for community organizations, children’s books and young adult novels, musicals co-written with New Haven high school students, photo essays, short films and more.  As Scholars prepare to graduate, they present at the Capstone Colloquium to fellow Scholars, faculty, mentors, community members, family and friends.  


Social Context of Education

Veena Advani (2018),User Research in Online Education: The Challenges of Accurately Understanding Student Needs in a Global Classroom

Ana Barros (2018),Psychedelic Tongues: Storytelling and Unearthing the English Language Learner

Abigail Cobb (2016), “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Academic Performance”

Erin Cofrancesco (2016), “How to Get to Sesame Street: The Origins and Impact of Children’s Educational Television”

Caitlin Dermody (2018),For the Profession and For Ourselves”

Marisol Dahl (2015)“Early Literacy and the Publishing Industry”

Sara Harris (2019), “ ‘At the Center of Everything:’ Understanding Rural Brain Drain Through the Perspectives of Educators”

Colin Hill (2019), “ ‘Tread softly, because you tread on our dreams’: Parental advocacy in suburban school district restructuring”

Maia Hirschler (2017), “ ‘Like School, but Better” ’: Summer Camps as Educational Space”

Corinne Kentor (2016), “Using Your Outside Voice: A Case Study Exploring the Politics of Bilingual School Leadership in Southern New Mexico”

Tran Le (2019), “The Post-Janus v. AFSCME World for Teachers’ Unions”

Laura Leon (2018), “Higher Education Access for Undocumented Students in Connecticut”

Molly Lynch (2017), “ ‘I Realized I Could Change My Family’: Why We Should and How We Can Better Support Low- Income High Achievers As They Apply and Transition to High School”  

Anabelle Marty (2016)“College Ready Scholars or “Repeat Offenders?”: Perspectives of Black Educators’ on No Excuses Charter Disciplinary Practices”

Mariano Miranda (2018), “Latin American Students in the US: A Case Study of the Costa Rica and Why Does It Matter?”

Lucas Riccardi (2017), “Attitudes Towards School Choice of Parents of LGBTQ Students”

Christian Rice (2018), Bridging the Social Gap: Recommendations for Building Bridging Social Capital in Schools

Fiona Riebeling (2018), “From Concept to Classroom: Theoretical and Practical Approaches and Gaps to Multicultural Education in Chile”

Israel Tovar (2017), “Critical Race Education: Ethnic Studies as a Payment to the National Education Debt” 

Educational Policy & Politics

Katherine Bradley (2015), “An Economic Analysis of the Charter School Market”

Alejandra Corona-Ortega (2019), “What is Your Goal?: Creating Policy for Bilingual Education in California”

Amalia Halikias (2015), The Unexpected, Adverse Effects of Race-Based Affirmative Action Policy in College Admissions”       

Shane Kim (2015), “The Financial Crisis and Education Outcomes”

Leila Murphy (2019), “ ‘Anti-Israel, and even Anti-American:’ The Politics of Teaching about Israel in American Schools”

Joshua Mandell (2016)“Budgeting for Conflict: Politics and Education Spending in New Haven”

Billy Moran (2015), “Federal Student Aid: Developing a 5 Year Strategy Plan”

Kelsey Miller (2016), “When Reform Hits Roadblocks: Lessons from the Implementation of No Child Left Behind for English Language Learners”

Linh Nguyen (2015), ”The Influence of Private Funds in Education Reform”

Sophie Paci (2016), “Outside the Walls: Exploring the Benefits of Outdoor-Based Learning for Children’s Development”

Jaclyn Price (2019), “Building a Brighter Future for Florida Pre-K: Recommendations for a more effective universal preschool program in the Sunshine State”

Markus Reneau (2019), “Planned Failure: The Business and Politics Behind New Orleans Public Schools”

Ezra Ritchin (2015)“Community Policing and Youth: Programs directed at Adolescents”

William Roberts (2019), “Understanding the Impact of School Finance Reforms: Where the Research Falls Short”

Diana Rosen (2016), “Elm City Montessori: A Public Montessori Option for New Haven”

Micah Sukol (2015), Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Major, “Citizenship and Education in Arizona’s American Civics Act”

Cindy Xue (2017) in collaboration with All our Kin, “Caring 24/7: The Paradox of Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Care (In)access in the Post-Welfare Reform Era”

Cathy Zhu (2017), “Evaluation of the Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program (JZAMP)”

Teaching & Teacher Education

Tanner Allread (2016), “The Current and Future Teacher Shortage: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Policy for Oklahoma’s Rural Schools”

Jasper Tyan (2017), “TFA or Wall Street? A Case Study on Recruiting Non-Conventional Teaching Candidates at Ivy League Universities” 

Lynnli Wang (2016)Those Who Can, Teach: A Study of Prize-Winning Yale Faculty

Diana Woodward (2019), “Teacher Perceptions of Mindfulness Implementation in Public Schools”

Wayne Zhang (2018), “ ‘Model Minority’ Classrooms: Arguments for and Strategies to Recruit and Retain Asian American Teachers in the Context of the Racial Achievement Gap”

Proposal for an Education Innovation

Nathaly Basto Camargo (2017), ​“Proposing an Intergenerational Interaction Space”

Gabrielle Fong (2016), “Warrior-Scholars at Yale: the process of seeking Yale credit for a Naval Science course”

Daniel Rubins (2016), “ ‘The Central Nervous System of Their Character’: Teaching Extramusical Skills Through Choral Singing”


Curriculum Design & Curriculum Analysis

Kelsey Annu-Essuman (2016), “Hope Village Human Rights Curriculum”

Laura Brink (2015)“5th Grade Technology Curriculum”

Hong Bui (2018),Without Walls: A Case Study of NatureYear

Reilly Foote (2015)“Physical Education in Elementary Education”

Katrina Garry (2018), “High School Consent Education: Working to Eradicate Rape Culture”

Jason Hu (2019), “Advocating for Self-Advocacy.” Guidebook.

Avery Jones (2015)“8th Grade English Curriculum”                                                          

Mollie Korewa (2016), “Teaching Anti-Racism to Upper Elementary School Students”

Dominic Lounds (2015),  “ ‘My Stinky Little Brother Doesn’t Like to Read’: A Venture in Children’s Literature” 

Edward Maza (2018), “Visualizing the Invisible: Empowering Students Through Hidden Narratives in the Museum”

Adam Michalowski (2019), “What it Takes for Literature to Impact Student Attitudes”

Daniel Rietze (2016), “’Oliver Button is a Sissy’: Integrating LGBTQ Literature into the Middle School English Language Arts Curriculum”

Liza Rodler (2017), “Sex Education in New Haven: Putting the City in the Context of a Century-Long Debate” 

Higher Education

Edgar Avina (2018),Using Guidance Counselors to Increase Enrollment of Houston High School Seniors in Postsecondary Vocational Programs

Ryan Campbell (2016), “Educational Adaptation: Yale-NUS College and the Legacy of a Liberal Arts Education”

Franklin Eccher (2019), “Breaking the ‘Golden Cage’: Increasing College Access for Low-Income High-Achieving Rural Students Through the Selective College Admissions Process”

Shannon Flores (2018), “Approaches to Discussing Controversial Issues in Higher Education”

Jessica Liang (2017), “American Sign Language: Why It Has Become a Fallback Foreign Language Credit”

Jose López (2018), “Not Made for ‘FGLIs’: Social Capital, Cultural Capital, and the First-Generation Low-Income Experience at Yale University”

Molly Michaels (2015), “Surveying Anxiety and Depression at Yale”

Kate O’Brien (2017), “Yale Athletes in the New Haven Community: Learning from the Past in Building to the Future”

Travis Reginal (2016)“To Become a Bridge and Not Break: An Autoethnographic Portait of a First-Gen College Student at Yale”

Ben Wong (2019), “Humanizing the ‘Nameless, Faceless Yellow Horde’: Chinese American Attitudes toward Affirmative Action”


Creative Project

Victoria Campbell (2015), “Write like a Ninja: My Foray Into Creating a Young Adult Novel” (creative writing)

Emma Hathaway (2017), “ ‘The Things We Fight For’: Insider Reflections on the Next Great High School Musical” (music)

Jared Michaud (2019), “Theatre of the Oppressed in Rural Education: An Applied Theatre Activity Teaching Social Empathy in Isolated, Homogenous Communities” (theatre)

Liliana Santos (2017), “Bodies in a Classroom Space” (photography)

Fortney Stark (2017), “ ‘Caitlin’s Big Idea’: Creating A New Social-Emotional Learning Video Series for Preschoolers” (film)

Abdul-Razak Zachariah (2017), “ ‘Their Own Set of Wings’: Themes of Representation in Multicultural Children’s Literature” (creative writing)

Education Theses by other Yale Seniors

Julia Butts, Sociology, 2017, “Probing the Pattern of Asian American Underrepresentation in Special Education: Educator Perceptions of Students and Parents”

Laura Londoño Pardo, Political Science, 2017, “Education as a Fundamental Right: Exploring the Need For a Constitutional Protection for Children in the United States”

Layla Treuhaft-Ali, History, 2017, “ ‘The Rich Implications of Everyday Things’: The Jeanes Teachers and Jim Crow, 1908–1968”