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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    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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    Latriece Clark

    What I hope to gain from CURL is a deeper understanding of what building community really means and how it is applied in “the real world”.
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    Ja'elle Croom

    I am very interested in community organizations and how they are able to create lasting social change. I am also interested in understanding how research can impact public policy. Working with CURL is the perfect opportunity for me to explore these interests!
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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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    Eirene Haralambopoulos

    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.
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    Emily Nethercott

    That is what I am drawn to most about CURL: seeing directly where or to whom these findings may benefit. Research can sometimes seem inaccessible to anyone else outside of an academic setting, however at CURL, working with community hopefully bridges that gap.
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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.