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Graduate Research

Research is a central part of graduate education. As part of its commitment to graduate level research, the Graduate School supports a variety of initiatives that fund research and support its presentation. Please note that research funding and travel awards detailed here are only available to students whose programs are housed on the lakeside campuses.  Students enrolled in graduate programs at the Health Sciences campus should consult with the Graduate School at the Health Sciences Division or the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing for research-related funding programs.

Research Incentive Award for Graduate Students
The Research Incentive Award for Graduate Students (RIAGS) program, administered by the Office of Research Services and the Graduate School, consists of an award of $200 for any Loyola graduate student submitting a proposal for external funding to a Federal or private agency, as well as a bonus award of $1000 for any approved proposal.

Research Funding Requests
Students who are approved in advance for a Research Funding Request may receive reimbursement of up to $400 for expenses related to the research and preparation of a dissertation, thesis, or major research paper in programs that do not already include a thesis. Once the approved activities are finished, please submit original receipts and a completed reimbursement form to the Awards Coordinator in the Graduate School to receive reimbursement for expenditures. The Graduate School will only grant one research funding award per student. Funds reimbursement must be claimed within the same academic year.

Conference Travel
Students may apply for up to $400 in travel costs associated with presenting at one conference per academic year. Only conferences outside a 30 mile radius of Chicago will be considered for full funding. Conferences within range of the city may be eligible for reimbursement of conference fees only. To be considered for funding, you must apply online BEFORE you travel, https://gsps.luc.edu/. Once travel has been completed, please submit original receipts, conference documents and a completed reimbursement form to the Awards Coordinator in the Graduate School. The award money will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so students should apply as soon as they have confirmation of acceptance to participate in a conference. Applications will stop being accepted once travel funds have been exhausted.

NOTE: The Graduate School has awarded all of its available conference funding for the current academic year, and is no longer accepting applications for travel awards. The application period for the 2015-2016 academic year begins July 1, 2015. Please check back at that time.

Research Mentoring Program
The Research Mentoring Program (RMP) is designed to partner graduate students who are working on their dissertation research with undergraduates who are interested in participating in research. The graduate student application deadline for this competitive summer fellowship is mid-December. Once the approved activities are finished, please submit original receipts and a completed reimbursement form to the Awards Coordinator in the Graduate School to receive reimbursement for expenditures.

Responsible Conduct In Research and Scholarship
Loyola University Chicago is committee to ensuring that all its faculty and students have the opportunity to be properly trained in the ethical and responsible conduct of research and scholarly integrity and are held to the highest possible ethical standards.  All lakeside campus researchers and students receiving eternal funding from NSF or NIH or other federal agencies requiring training must complete this two-day course.  Graduate students in the Health Sciences Division should follow the RCRS training structure on that campus.  In addition, beginning Fall 2011, the Graduate School is requiring RCRS training for all matriculating PhD students and master’s students completing a thesis.

Other Resources

External Funding Sources
A list of common external funding opportunities for Graduate students.

Office of Research Services
The Office of Research Services (ORS) assists faculty and students at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses with externally funded research, training and public service projects.

Pivot (formerly COS) Search Engine for Grant Opportunities
Pivot is the most comprehensive, premier funding search engine.

Institutional Review Board
All use of human subjects including the use of any surveys, questionnaires, and interviews even with data previously obtained from human subjects must receive approval from the IRB.


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