Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

CAS Undergraduate Summer Research Experience

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Undergraduate Summer Research Experience was designed to foster engaging, high-impact, faculty-mentored research experiences for CAS undergraduate students early in their academic careers (i.e., the summer following either the freshman or sophomore years).

Student applicants will be matched with faculty mentors. The program is designed to introduce and immerse students with little or no prior experience in hands-on research under the mentorship of CAS faculty. Fellowships will be awarded across three broad research areas: Basic Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

This program is a 4-week (May 22 - June 16, 2023) research immersion, during which students will be expected to devote 30 hours per week.

Each recipient is awarded $2,500 and is eligible to recieve up to $1,000 in project support.

Projects for the 2023 Program can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students should go to www.luc.edu/lurop to apply using the online application.

The online application requirements include one letter of reference and a brief (limit 1 page, single-spaced) essay with the following information:
  1. Write a brief (one paragraph) autobiography.
  2. List up to three projects that are most appealing to you and why. Please use the project code assigned to the projects, e.g., BSci1, Hum2, SSci3, when listing the projects. Please rank your preferences with #1 being the project that you are most interested in.
 
After a student enters their recommender's email address into the online system, the recommender will receive an email asking that they submit a letter of support.
 
Who should write your letter of recommendation? Ask a faculty member who can speak to your aptitude and/or research potential. This can include a former/current course instructor. If you have prior interactions with the faculty mentor for a project of interest, you can ask them.

All application materials must be received through the online application by March 1.

The program is just 4-weeks, May 22 - June 16, 2023. During that time, students must be able to devote 30 hours a week to their research.

Students interested in engaging in research and who are pursuing a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, have an overall GPA ≥ 3.0, and have completed < 60 credit hours at Loyola.

No. Housing is not included with this fellowship. Students are responsible for their own accomodations and are encouraged to reach out to Residential Life to inquire about summer dormatory options. The program is scheduled during the Early Summer Session; Residential Life has housing options for this session. Students are also encouraged to talk to upperclassmen about where to find subletting options.

Ask a faculty member who can speak to your aptitude and/or research potential. This can include a former/current course instructor. If you have prior interactions with the faculty mentor for a project of interest, you can ask them. If you don't that is not a problem. Be certain to ask your letter writer before you submit your application. This letter is a very important part of your application.

 

Yes! Students are welcome to apply for and select projects that pique their interests.

A list of projects for the 2023 program can be found here.

No. Only projects available for the program (listed here) are eligible for support. In the application, students are asked to list no more than three projects that they are most interested in and why. Only projects on the list can be selected.

As a recipient of this fellowship, you must be able to commit 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM - 5 PM.