Loyola University Chicago

Ricci Scholars

Research Proposal

Applications to the Ricci Scholars program are due November 15.  Listed below are the steps that you must take in order to prepare a well-rounded application:

  1. Consider your academic passions and what you would like to explore in Italy and China.  This will help frame your research proposal.
    1. As a Ricci Scholar, you will conduct comparative research in Italy and China.  Comparative research seeks to compare and contrast nations, cultures, societies, and institutions.
    2. Ricci Scholars have explored a wide variety of topics: economics, society, culture, gender, politics, technology, religion, etc.
  2. Connect with a faculty mentor in Chicago whose work aligns with your research topic.
    1. Reach out to a faculty member that may have similar research interest.
    2. The faculty mentor does not need to be an expert in either Italian or Chinese culture.
    3. Should be someone with whom you feel comfortable.
    4. Discuss research idea with faculty mentor and receive tips and feedback.
  3. Write a proposal, which is typically 2-4 pages.
    1. 1st paragraph: the larger/issue/problem that you would like to explore
    2. 2nd paragraph: the more narrowly focused project that you will pursue in in order to illuminate the larger topic
    3. 3rd paragraph: the questions that you will seek to address in their research
    4. 4th paragraph: Some discussion of the existing literature on the topic
  4. Communicate with Dr. Anthony Cardoza during your application process.
    1. Dr. Cardoza provides feedback and pointers to students during their proposal preparation.
    2. He can be contacted at acardoz@luc.edu


Here are examples of previous research projects:

  • “The Culture of Compliance in Italy and China: An exploratory Study into Several Factors Preventing Voluntary Compliance to Income Tax Law and Extrapolations of their Significance” (Christopher Benson, 2014)
  • “Studying the Usage of Technology in the Classroom Across Cultures” (Jennifer Burghard, 2014)
  • “Catholic Funeral Culture Examined in Rome and Beijing” (Zachary Davis, 2014)
  • “Women and the Role of Sexism in Economic Representation: Italy and China” (Virginia Jreisat, 2014)
  • “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Italian and Chinese Home and Family Life” (Will Steffek, 2014)
  • “In the Face of Adversity: A Comparative Look at Education-Labor Transitions in Rome & China” (Taha Zaffar, 2014)
  • “Vegetarian and Vegan Food Choice Ideology: A Comparative Study of Italian and Chinese Society” (Corinne Whitaker, 2014)
  • “Comparison of Italian and Chinese Oral Healthcare: Impacts on Oral Health” (Benjamin Palla, 2013)
  • “Chinese Businesses in Italy, Italian Businesses in China, and Reflections on the Future of Sino-Western Economic Relations” (Katherine Geusz, 2013)
  • “From Rome to Beijing: the Semiotics of Menswear” (Adilla Menayang, 2013)
  • “Trust on the Table: Italy and China’s Appetizing and Diverse Response to Globalization” (Claire DeGrazia, 2013)