Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning

Undergraduate Fellows

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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 $1,400 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

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    Daniel Drees

    I am excited to be a part of CURL’s work of first hearing the needs of communities and organizations in Chicago and then tailoring research to best serve them. CURL’s emphasis on interdisciplinary engagement and social justice allows me to pursue research projects with a purpose to enhance the resources of organizations working for a better and more just Chicago.
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    Zachary Enriquez

    Having lived in and around several different Chicago neighborhoods, I’ve witnessed first-hand the effects that policies and institutions relating to urban populations can have on the people of the community. As a communications major with an interest in public health advocacy, I found CURL to be an excellent way to branch out and learn about important contemporary social issues and their solutions.
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    Kimberly Ocampo

    As a future educator, I am passionate about working with low-income students throughout the city to provide them with the tools they need to achieve academic success. I was drawn to CURL as a result of my interest in education policy in order to advocate for my future students.
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    Frederick Vitale

    I found CURL to be interesting due to its community outreach research. I am a psychology student and have always been really intrigued by social issues and their impact on the human experience. Large political decisions have a medley of effects on small communities. This often opens pathways for negligence and abuse as some struggle with change and those are the issues that I would like impact. I feel that CURL effectively does this in their work and it provides a very insightful and encouraging atmosphere to work within.