CURL Undergraduate Fellowships are intended to facilitate involvement of students in collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, social service agencies, health care providers, businesses, and government in Chicago's city and suburbs. Through their research and learning projects, fellows are active participants in Loyola University's efforts to improve the quality of life of all members of the Chicago metropolitan community. Involvement in the work of CURL can help students develop a foundation for future graduate programs, community development, or volunteer service.
CURL Undergraduate Fellows receive stipends of up to $1,200 per semester. Most fellows work with CURL Graduate Fellows, CURL staff, community leaders, and Loyola faculty on one of CURL’s university-community team research projects. CURL uses a collaborative research model that involves community members at all stages of the research, with the intention of both building community voice in the research process and increasing community capacity to complete research on a variety of issues.
The list below gives you a quick overview of the students and their majors. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of CURL’s work, the fellows represent majors in eleven different departments or schools. More information about the project on which the student is working, as well as what drew them to CURL and what they hope to gain from their CURL experience can be found by clicking on the student’s name.
Current Undergraduate Fellows
I was drawn to CURL after learning about its collaborative research with organizations based in Chicago and its mission for scholarly activism.more
As an undeclared, first year student I wanted to explore and find out what I am interested in. I heard about CURL through a family friend, and thought it would be a good place to start.more
As an undergrad with varying interests and a passion for cities, I found CURL’s inter-disciplinary approach toward solving urban issues very appealing. Additionally, I was drawn by CURL’s commitment to social justice.more
I am majoring in Anthropology and I believe that the Anthropology major teaches what it means to be human from all perspectives and puts it together in a holistic vision that articulates well with the transformational and social justice curriculum at Loyola.more
I first heard about CURL from a friend who was working as a fellow. I attended a Friday Morning Seminar and learned more about CURL’s mission and community partnerships. I knew immediately that I wanted to get involved. more
During my sophomore year at Loyola, I began researching minor programs that would allow me to create a bridge between my passion for social justice and my interest in health care issues.more