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Each year, we recognize outstanding undergraduate scholarship in research and community engagement and the faculty and graduate mentors and community partners who support and and facilitate undergraduate learning during the academic year. These awards will be presented the week of the 2022 Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium to be held from Tuesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 24, 2022. More information about each of the awards categories, including how to nominate outstanding students, faculty, and community partners, can be found below.

A list of our most recent recipients can also be found below.

Community Engagement Awards

Loyola University Chicago and the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, & Scholarship awards Community Engagement Awards to undergraduate students or group of students who participated in either a Service-Learning or Academic Internship Engaged Learning course during the 2021-2022 academic year. Student who are good candidates for this award would have demonstrated some of the following during their engaged learning courses:

  • A dedication to social justice in their work
  • A lasting impact with a community agency through their engagement
  • Demonstrated a deep concern for the environment or local community

Faculty, staff, and community organization representatives are asked to submit nominations here by Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. These awards will be announced during the week of the virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium (vURES), which begins Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and runs through Sunday, April 24. Students receive a $500 award. Please fill out this form to nominate students.

Community Partner Award

The Loyola University Community Partner Award for Coeducation is given to a non-profit community organization who hosted one or more undergraduate Engaged Learning students since spring 2021 and who best exemplifies the role of a community partner who co-educates and supports our Loyola students. As a coeducator, the partner creates space for learning through collaboration with their organization.

The Community Partner Award for Coeducation exists to recognize and celebrate partner organizations who not only are doing great work for their community, but are also undertaking additional effort to serve as partners in education working with Loyola students at their organization.

Faculty, staff, and community organization representatives (self-nominations are welcome) are asked to submit nominations by Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. 
These awards will be announced as part of the virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, which begins Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and runs through Sunday, April 24. 

Please fill out this form to nominate an organization.

Learning Portfolio Awards

A learning portfolio (ePortfolio) is a digital collection of student’s work, reflections, and educational experiences that demonstrate a student’s work over time, featuring skills, abilities, values, and experiences. Each of the learning portfolio awards will be awarded to a student or group of students who cultivated and curated a portfolio throughout a program or academic course at Loyola University Chicago during the academic year. Nominations are submitted by student, faculty, and staff. These awards will be presented during the virutal Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium held from Tuesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Each portfolio will be reviewed and evaluated based on the four learning outcomes below as well as the overlapping award categories

Portfolio Learning Outcomes:

  1. Synthesize learning from experience through reflection, applying outside the classroom learning with inside the classroom learning.
  2. Critically reflect upon intellectual, personal, professional, and civic learning within the context of the student experience at Loyola.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values acquired through reflecting on their experiences.
  4. Articulate connections to Social Justice and the Jesuit Mission of Loyola

Faculty, staff, and community organization representatives are asked to submit nominations here by Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. These awards will be announced during the week of the virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium (vURES), which begins Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and runs through Sunday, April 24. Students receive a $500 award. Please fill out this form to nominate students.

Research Awards

Graduate Student Mentor Award

The Graduate Student Mentor award has been established to recognize and reward the exceptional work of Loyola's graduate student mentors in the area of mentoring undergraduate researchers. Nominees must be current Loyola Graduate Students. Nominations can come from current undergraduate students only.

Submit nominations by Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. These awards will be announced as part of the virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, which begins Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and runs through Sunday, April 24. 

Please fill out this form to nominate a graduate student.

Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Student Mentoring

This award recognizes and rewards exceptional work of Loyola's faculty in the area of undergraduate research. Mentors must be employed at Loyola University Chicago. Only undergraduate students of Loyola may nominate faculty. 

Submit nominations by Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. These awards will be announced as part of the virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, which begins Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and runs through Sunday, April 24. 

Please fill out this form to nominate a faculty member.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award has been established to honor Loyola undergraduates who conduct exceptional research, articulate their research to others, and enhance Loyola’s reputation as a quality research university by integrating research into their academic learning experience. Nominees must be Loyola undergraduates who conducted research during the 2021-2022 academic year. The multiple winners will receive $500.

Submit nominations by Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. These awards will be announced as part of the virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, which begins Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and runs through Sunday, April 24. 

Please fill out this form to nominate a student.

Previous Year's Recipients

Additional information on each of the recipients and their nominators can be found on this slideshow: 2021 Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium Awards

Community Engagement Awards

  • Caitlin Dyer, nominated by supervisor from GroundWorks DanceTheater
  • Clara Lutz, nominated by faculty from the School of Environmental Sustainability
  • Molly Kaiser, nominated by supervisor from the Big Muddy Dance Company
  • Ruben Guzman, nominated by faculty from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Community Partner Awards

  • Chicago Community and Workers' Rights
  • Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services
  • Lakota People's Law Project

Learning Portfolio Awards

  • Alessandra Miglietti, Senior Dance Major '21
  • Lucy Jaffar, Senior Dance Major '21
  • Masha Bandouil, Senior Dance Major '21

Research Awards

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards
    • Anna Bakas, nominated by faculty from Computer Science
    • Audrey Harris, nominated by faculty from Psychology
    • Farah Harb, nominated by faculty from Psychology
    • Kailey Anichini, nominated by faculty from Nursing
    • Katie Jane Torma, nominated by faculty from Chemistry
    • Maham Jabeen, nominated by faculty from Mathematics and Statistics
    • Masha Bandouil, nominated by faculty from Department of Fine and Performing Arts
    • Natalia Zielinski, nominated by faculty from Psychology
  • Graduate Student Mentor Award
    • Rebecca Valeriano-Flors, nominated by undergraduate student
  • Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring
    • Rodney Dale, Bioloy - nominated by undergraduate student
    • Robert Bucholz, History - nominated by undergrduate student