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The Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) offers fellowships for mentored research, guides to external research opportunities, travel grants for conference presentations, workshops on research and presentation skills, a spring symposium and more.


Loyola Undergrad Wins Prestigious Summer Research Grant

The Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the international psychology honor society, Psi Chi, offer just two CUR Summer Research Grants each year. Robert Palumbo recently won one of them to support his research with mentor Dr. Robert Morrison.

Mulcahy Scholars Co-author Publication with Mentors

Two Loyola students Benjamin Irvine and Matthew Kemnetz, along with two Loyola Professors Dr. Asim Gangopadhyaya and Dr. Thomas Ruubel were recently published in the American Journal of Physics for their article Magnet traveling through a conducting pipe: A variation on the analytical approach.

LUROP Scholar Taha Zaffar Awarded President's Medallion

In addition to winning the President’s Medallion, Taha Zaffar was also awarded a Ricci Scholarship, a year-long study abroad scholarship for highly motivated students. While overseas, he’s researched college seniors’ outlooks on employment and is conducting a study comparing students in Rome with students in Beijing.  

LUROP Announces New Social Justice Research Fellowship

As part of the Center for Experiential Learning, LUROP is pleased to announce the creation of the Social Justice Research Fellowship, which aims to support undergraduate Loyola students in conducting focused, faculty-mentored research connected to social justice. Check out the Social Justice Research Fellowship Page for more info!  

Loyola Junior Aaron Earley Reflects on Summer Research Program at Stritch

Aaron Earley took the time to share his experiences through Stritch School of Medicine's summer research program in Microbiology and Immunology, and how it has influenced his education and research career. Here's what he had to say.

Undergrads Present Research at Stritch Medical School

On Oct. 24th, thirty Loyola undergrads, along with grad students and faculty, traveled to Stritch School of Medicine to deliver poster presentations at the St. Albert's Research Day.  

Loyola Senior Ligin Solamen Reflects on Summer REU Experience

Ligin Solamen is currently a senior Bioinformatics major who recently completed a summer REU program at Rutgers University. Here she describes what type of research she conducted and what she took away from the experience. This is her story.

Loyola Student Grace Swanson Conducts Research on the Plight of Syrian Refugees

Through a research based study abroad program Grace Swanson has studied in Jordan and conducted research at the Zaatari Refugee Camp near the Syrian border. She has recently been featured on Loyola's Study Abroad site.

Provost Fellow Dylan LeBlanc Reflects on his Wide-Ranging Research

Dylan Lebanc is a current student studying History and second consecutive Provost Fellow. Recently the Department of History has featured him and his experiences with LUROP. Dylan is one of an increasing number of students in the humanities who are using LUROP programs to augment their education. This is his story.  

Stritch Invites Undergrads to Research Conference

The Stritch School of Medicine has invited Loyola undergraduates conducting health-related research to apply to deliver a poster presentation during the poster session of the 34th annual St. Albert's Day on Thursday, 4-6 pm, Oct. 24th. To apply, submit a research abstract by Sept. 30th.  

Columbia Grad Student Reflects on her Experiential Learning at Loyola

Alexandra Luterek ('12), an International Studies major, took a service-learning course as a sophomore which led to a community-based research project supported by a Provost Fellowship. Today she is a grad student in public health at Columbia University. This is her story.

New LUROP Peer Mentor Featured in Inside Loyola

LUROP is happy to announce that Christian Capanna ('14) will serve as the LUROP Peer Mentor this coming year. As you can see from his photo essay below, Christian brings a great deal of research experience. And as you can see here, Inside Loyola recently featured Christian's summer public health research in Jamaica.  

From Conference Presentations to Grad School Applications

Last year, Sarah Pekoc won a Provost Fellowship, conducted research, and presented at two national conferences before graduating in May. Now she is a psychology research assistant at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine applying for doctoral programs in clinical psychology.

Chicago Tribune Features Loyola Professors, LUROP Mentors

Biology professor Timothy Hoellein was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune for his research on the Chicago River, along with professor John Kelly. Both have served extensively as research mentors to LUROP fellows including Angeline David, Stephen Polaskey, Melaney Dunne, Ricardo Magallon (pictured), Joseph Gasior (pictured), Nicole Minalt, Francis Cocjin, and more. Congratulations to Dr. Hoellein and Dr. Kelly for the much-deserved attention.  

Inside Loyola Features LUROP Fellow Edward Englestad

Provost Fellow Edward Englestad is applying what he learned as a military cartographer--including time spent in Iraq--in his research project mapping the travels of a 19th century Belgian Jesuit missionary across the Midwest. Inside Loyola recently featured Edward and his project.  

Provost Fellow Travels to Confocal Lab in Arkansas for Research

Alex Peterson ('14) and her mentor Dr. Kristin Krueger recently traveled to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to use "Connie," an advanced confocal profiler, to examine dental casts from Homo erectus.

Carbon Fellow David Baltrusaitis Wins CUR Biology Travel Award

Only seven biology students in America won CUR's biology travel award last year. Loyolan David Baltrusaitis was one of them.

Loyolan Shares Research Experience Through Photos

Loyolan Christian Capanna has participated in several research opportunities. Here, he documents his experiences in a photo essay.

Five Recent Grads Reflect on their Research

Every year, dozens of undergraduate researchers graduate from Loyola. Here are just a few of their stories.

Tracey Riley Presents at Association for Psychological Science Conference

In May, Tracey Riley presented research she conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Leon (Psychology) at the prestigious Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, DC.

Johnson Scholar Elise Gagnon Wins Psi Chi/APS Summer Research Grant

This spring, Elise Gagnon won a summer research grant from the American Psychological Association and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. Elise is researching analogical reasoning among women in the Chicago area.

Provost Fellow Melaney Dunne Presents at National Conference

Last year, Melaney Dunne waded into the Chicago River to collect clams for her research with Dr. Timothy Hoellein. This May, Melaney presented her work at the Society of Freshwater Science annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

Three Loyola Seniors Win NIH Research Award

This spring, three Loyola undergraduate researchers won the prestigious Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). All three are now beginning their postbaccalaureate careers conducting full-time research at the NIH with some of the leading scientists in the world.


Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Center for Experiential Learning
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