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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    Bridget Armanini

    At CURL, I have found that the people are passionate about the work they do and those they work with. They really stress the importance of forming lasting community partnerships, which makes many of their studies successful. As someone who is intrigued by social interactions within urban space, CURL allows me to investigate how urban areas impact people and development, and I am looking forward to exploring these things more this summer.
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    Melinda Bunnage

    My interest in urban spaces as landscapes of activism and resistance has been central to my education at Loyola. In my position at CURL, I am eager to further explore my understanding of social change through an academic and scholarly lens.
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    Carolina Escobar

    I plan to have a career in community development to create positive impact within communities, and I believe CURL provides its fellows with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve that.
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    Victoria Landa-Steinau

    Because of my passion for a strong community, I want to learn in-depth information about the social problems occurring in Chicago. I hope to gain a compassionate understanding about topics that I can later share with others and have the ability to comprehend what others are experiencing so I can correctly compare it with my own experiences.
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    P. Dani Mendez

    My interest in CURL began while I was abroad in Viet Nam. Studying the nation’s issues and meeting people who are actively trying to solve those issues made me realize that I was not as engaged and invested into the problems of my own country and community as I could be.
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    Maura Rocks

    As a life-long resident of Rogers Park, my passion for urban issues and community-driven change has been fostered from a very early age. I want to dig into the "gritty reality" of it all. That is why CURL is such an exciting place! Not only am I surrounded by people who share my passions, I am constantly challenged by and engaged with the work I am doing.