Summer Duffy Student Researchers

Students who have completed 2 semesters of the Duffy Community Partnerships are selected each year to implement and analyze summer research which builds on their previous academic and field work with the program.  Faculty work closely with students, and the research is designed in conjunction with the field site and supervisors to benefit the community.

Researchers, Areas of Research and Field Sites


  • Nora Polaski worked with Carol Wickersham to code Duffy field notes for ongoing research on community based learning outcomes
  • Rebecca Kilcoyne created digital story "Tales of Hope: resilient sexual violence survivors" through her work with the Sexual Assault Recovery Program


  • Maggie Cress, Karen Jones (Sanger Researcher), Carol Wickersham, "Pivot Points and Catalysts: Developing Sociological Perspective Through Community-Based Learning" 


  • Daisy Gaines, "Father Involvement and Child Behavior Issues in the Abuse and Neglect System"
  • Rhiannon Decker, "Factors in Retention of College Student Volunteer-Tutors: A Case Study at a Small Liberal Arts College in the Midwest"


  • Rachel McCarty, "Food Procurement in the Emergency Food System," Caritas 
  • Joe Caldwell, "An Investigation of Financial Barriers in Preventing Hispanic Women from Seeking Adequate Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening," Beloit Area Community Health Clinic


  • Clara Baker, “Farm Stories: Narratives and Agritourism,” The Learning Center at Angelic Organics 
  • Adriana Terrones, “Doing Community Art With Teen Mothers: Creating a Mural for the Day Care Center,”  Community Action, Inc. Teen Parent Program


  • Ashley Lanham, "Do Civic Organizations Play a Role in Contemporary Society? A Case Study of Rock County 4-H," Rock County 4-H
  • Stephanie Previc, "An Investigation of the Barriers to Health Literacy and Patient Advocacy in a Community Health Setting," Beloit Area Community Health Center
  • Brian Shobe, "'The Community Garden Is a Good Thing.' So Why Don't More People Participate? Cultural Framing and Recruitment in the Blackhawk Community Garden," Roots & Wings
  • Danica Slavish, "Assessing Efficacy of After-School Programming at Wright Elementary," Wright Reading Club


  • Sarah Chodorow, "Effects of Unemployment on Mental Health," Caritas
  • Dan O'Brien, "Recruiting, Motivating and Retaining Volunteer, Non-Profit Board Members," Welty Environmental Center


  • Emily Clary designed and implement a sixteen session summer bilingual reading program in conjunction with the Clinton Public Library for students at Shady Hills Trailer Park. She also designed and completed a survey to improve communication between the school district and Spanish speaking families. This project was made possible by a grant from the Society for Learning Unlimited and a generous in kind donation of room and board by an anonymous donor.
  • Emily Knapp, "Youth Nutrition Analysis Through Photography: A Pilot Study," The Learning Center at Angelic Organics Farm
  • Rebecca Kathleen Stanton, "Elderly Parents and Their Grown Children: A Study of Interactions and Caregiving," Beloit Home Companion Care, (Funded in part by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges, AGE grant)



  • K. Haley Cobb, "Homeless Teen Mothers: Hopes, Stories and Perceptions," Helping Urban Beloit, Transitional Living Program
  • Sarah Lyon-Hill, "Legitimation of Alternative Energy Policies," Welty Environmental Center


  • Mary Dowd, "Connections Between Foster Care and Future Homelessness," Hands of Faith Shelter
  • Kim Pernell, "Immigrants' Perceptions of the American Dream," Stateline Literacy Council
  • Matt Van Eseltine, "Barriers to Employment for Ex-convicts," the Job Center
  • Sonja Whipp, "Education for Compliance in Low Income Diabetic Patients," Beloit Area Community Health Center
  • Megan Willan, "Deviance and Volunteer Motivation," SMILES, (equestrian therapy for disabled children and adults)