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 earn an hourly wage of $11 per hour for approximately 10 hours per week. 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 many 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
ProfileFrom CURL I hope to gain the skills and experiences that will make me a productive advocate as both a citizen and a professional. As an aspiring lawyer, I hope to learn the innovative solutions that make CURL different from most research centers to meet the needs of whatever communities I seek to advocate for in the future.
ProfileComing from Ferguson, MO, I am very aware of how poor policy can have negative generational effects on low-income communities of color. As an economics major with a passion to work toward poverty alleviation and economic development in poor communities both in the U.S. and abroad, I see CURL as a way to gain real experience in research and to develop skills in collaborating with under served, and often neglected, communities who desire help.
ProfileResearch is a powerful tool that is able to give a voice to the voiceless - those who are under-represented and under-privileged. I grew up in Northern Louisiana, currently one of the poorest states in the country. I have observed how research resulting in grants and policies can drastically improve (or hurt) communities. As a Psychology major, I hope working with CURL will give me the knowledge, experience and skills to be a more holistic researcher when pursuing a career in Psychology.
ProfileI am passionate about social and political change that looks to better under developed and under resourced communities. I believe CURL gives me the best opportunity to develop research abilities and learn more about the effects of research by working with many organizations and communities within the city.