Mulcahy Scholars Program
The Mulcahy Scholars Program was formed to facilitate close working relationships between Loyola students and faculty. Through the program, students work with faculty members on projects of scholarly significance that reflect the diversity of academic activity throughout the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The program accepts applications from students in CAS majoring in the hard sciences. For more information, or if you have questions about the eligibility of your project, please call the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences at 773.508.3500.
Each recipient of a Mulcahy Scholarship receives a stipend of $1,000, and is eligible to receive up to $1,000 in project support. Previous scholarship recipients have spent their project support funds to: purchase research equipment, fund professional conference trips, and reimburse the cost of supplies. Any legitimate expense incurred during the completion of an approved project can be funded up to the funding limit.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Scholarship
Full-time students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) majoring in the hard sciences are eligible to apply.
Students should go to www.luc.edu/lurop to apply using the online application.
The most critical sections of the application are the project description and the faculty letter of support. In the project description, students should describe the nature of the proposed project. State clearly the general purpose and specific objectives, what the student proposes to do, the significance in its academic area, and what results or products are expected to be generated. Define clearly what roles the student and faculty mentor will have. Describe how the project will be conducted, discussing, for example, the methodologies, equipment, or resources that will bring your endeavor to fruition.
All application materials must be received through the online application by March 1.
Yes, but the student must be an active participant in the scholarly process and work closely with the faculty member. We are very unlikely to fund projects in which the student is paid for doing "grunt work."
Yes, as long as the student works closely with a faculty mentor throughout the year.
Yes. Students may submit proposals in any area as long as they have the support of a faculty mentor with expertise in that general area.
Yes, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements listed above.
Ordinarily, Mulcahy's are awarded for a full academic year, but pending availability of funds, one term scholarships may be awarded. Summer fellowships are not available. Students interested in a summer fellowship should visit http://luc.edu/lurop/index.shtml to learn about summer opportunities.
Yes, but the student should indicate on the application how they intend to meet the program's mentorship requirement.
Faculty mentors must be full-time faculty at Loyola.
Students who are awarded Mulcahy Scholarships must submit a mid-year project report, attend a poster presentation skills workshop, and must present the results of their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium which is held in the spring semester. Awardees must attend the entire symposium event.
Previously Funded Projects
- Characterizing of the Organization of β-Satellite on Chromosome 21 (Biology)
- Oscillatory Motion and Air Resistance (Physics)
- Alternative Models of Electromagnetic Motors, Based on Rotational Inertia of Galileo's Double Cone (Mathematics)