Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Summer 2023 Opportunities

Summer Student Research Internship at Loyola University Department of Cancer Biology, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Health Sciences Campus

The Loyola University Dept. of Cancer Biology and Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center welcome applications from LUC undergraduate science majors for a ten-week, full time research internship at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, HSD, on the Maywood campus. The internships will begin on May 15, 2023, and are open to all current LUC freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. LUC students who will graduate during the 2023 calendar year are not eligible for this program. Student interns will receive supervised research experience in on-going basic science research projects related to human cancer currently in progress at the Cancer Center. A stipend will be awarded to student interns who are accepted for this summer program.

The goal of the program is to promote and advance the educational and professional career goals of student interns by engaging them in the planning and carrying out of experiments, collecting data and preparing to report on results and their conclusions. Interns’ work will be guided and supervised by HSD faculty and their laboratory staff personnel. An important component of the internship will be participation in a symposium on July 24, 2023. At this symposium, each intern will give a ten-minute presentation explaining his/her project and data s/he obtained.

Please follow the application link below in order to apply for this internship. Please note that the application deadline is February 28, 2023. No application that arrives later than February 28 will be given consideration. This deadline for submission includes a required recommendation from a Loyola science professor, so please solicit this as soon as possible. Questions can be addressed to Fr. Breslin, S.J., in Quinlan LSB 442, or at pbresli@luc.edu.

Application For Summer Internship 2023

Faculty Evaluation For Intern Applicants 2023


Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation

This program provides a unique opportunity to conduct extensive hands-on training and research on an exceptional well preserved medieval cemetery, with in situ remains dating from the 11th to the 18th century. Through the excavation of an abandoned medieval church in the Transylvanian (Romania) village of Valeni (Hu: Patakfalva), we are exploring how centuries of religious and political upheaval have influenced demographics and health of the individuals interred within the church walls and associated cemetery. The very high state of preservation has allowed us to retrieve, already, more than 900 adult and juvenile, the latter ranging from pre-natal to sub-adult, skeletal remains.

This field school project is part of a broader investigation of the abandonment of medieval churches in the area and provides significant opportunities for students to get involved in international bioarchaeology, multi-institution networking and collaboration, and addressing biological, archaeological, and cultural questions. Over the course of each 4-week session, students will acquire skills in broad and small scale mortuary excavation, drawing, mapping, and note taking; thereby, developing the strategic bioarchaeology skill necessary to acquire jobs working for both archaeological and forensic organizations around the world. Evenings and rain days will be used to design and complete projects using excavated materials. Students will have the opportunity to present their research in Romania, at the International Colloquium in Osteology and Bioarchaeology held every year at the Haáz Rezső Museum, as well as other major conferences if they so choose. The institutions involved are interested in extensive research and publication, allowing for many directions of continued investigation and student involvement and research.

Participants can further register to one of our Osteology Workshops, respectively the Adult Osteology Research Workshop or the Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop, in order to develop a wider array of skill sets. Academic credits can be acquired separately from University of South Florida (although it is not mandatory to register for credits to participate in our programs).

Program details:

Funerary Excavation Dates: Session 1: June 4 - July 1, 2023; Session 2: July 2 – July 29, 2023.

Location: Valeni (Patakfalva), Transylvania, Romania

Website: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/medieval-cemetery-funerary-excavation University of South Florida Brochure and Credit Application Page: https://educationabroad.global.usf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=23628

Project Leader (contact): Dr. Jonathan Bethard jbethard@usf.edu

Program Advisor: Joseph Kenny josephkenny@usf.edu