The Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, & Scholarship and the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) welcomes you to the Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium - Loyola’s annual celebration of research, community engagement projects, and scholarly and creative works conducted by Loyola University Chicago undergraduate students!

In the 2023 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium, we celebrated student scholarship as they participated in the process of co-creating knowledge through research, community-based learning, and learning portfolios. As a celebration of students’ scholarly work, the symposium actively exhibited Loyola’s mission to “expand knowledge in service to humanity through learning, justice, and faith.” We invited students, staff, faculty, alumni, and our community partners to participate in the celebration of undergraduate scholarship and community engagement. The registration for the 2024 Symposium will open on October 2nd, 2023.



If you have participated in undergraduate research or community engagement projects through LUROP fellowships, external programs, service-learning experiences, internships, community partnerships, independent study, and academic courses during the academic year, you are eligible to participate in the Symposium. Each year, we celebrate the diverse and exciting ways undergraduate students advance Loyola’s Jesuit mission of “expanding knowledge in service to humanity through learning, justice, and faith.” Please consider sharing your undergraduate research and/or community engagement projects as part of the Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium.



Registration for the 2024 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium is now CLOSED.


Graduate Student Mentor Award

Each year, in partnership with the Graduate School, we honor graduate students who mentor undergraduate researchers through the Graduate Student Mentor Award. The award comes with a $500 prize!


Teaching Award

The Adolfo Nicolas SJ Excellence in Engaged Learning and Teaching Award recognizes an instructor who brings imagination and dedication to an Engaged Learning course. In the spirit of former Superior of the Jesuits Adolfo Nicolas SJ's quote, "Depth of thought and imagination in the Ignatian tradition involves a profound engagement with the real, a refusal to let go until one goes beneath the surface." Nominations will open on November 27, 2023.


Faculty Mentor Award

The Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring recognizes the exceptional work of Loyola’s faculty mentors in supporting undergraduate researchers. Faculty selected for the award will receive $2,000, sponsored by the Office of the Provost. 


Community Partner Awards

The recipient of the Community Partner Award for Coeducation will receive $500 to support their great work.


Attend the Symposium

The symposium will be held in-person on April 20th, 2024. We encourage you to attend the symposium and celebrate the exciting scholarship and community impact of Loyola’s undergraduate students.


Planning Your Presentation

Check out our Symposium Resources page to find detailed information and resources for developing your oral or poster presentations or consult our Frequently Asked Questions for additional details about the Symposium.


Faculty, Staff, and Community Partners

The annual Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium is our premier student event of the year, with hundreds of students presenting their research and/or community engagement work. Please visit Loyola's eCommons at ecommons.luc.edu/ures to learn, support, and connect!


Encourage Your Students to Participate

We encourage faculty and staff to invite your students from both the fall and spring semesters to participate in the Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium and/or include the symposium on your syllabi. Students who engaged in undergraduate research or community engagement projects through LUROP fellowships, external programs, service-learning experiences, internships, community partnerships, independent study, and academic courses during the current academic year are eligible to participate. Find out more about nominating a community partner on our Awards Page.


Nominate a Student

Each year, we are pleased to present a variety of awards that honor undergraduate student scholarship in community engagement and research. If you have worked with an outstanding undergraduate student or group of students this year, please consider nominating them for an award. Each award comes with a $500 prize! You can find out more on our Awards Page


Nominate a Community Partner

We are especially excited to announce our Community Partner Award for Co-education. This award is given to a non-profit community organization who hosted one or more undergraduate Engaged Learning students since Spring 2020 and who best exemplifies the role of a community partner who co-educates and supports our Loyola students. This award includes a $500 prize to support the work of the organization!

  • Community partners:Consider nominating your organization or another for the Community Partner Award!
  • Faculty and staff:Have you or your students worked with a particularly outstanding community organization that has been a true co-educator? Consider nominating them!


Call for Evaluators

The Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium sponsored by the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, & Scholarship, invites you to serve as an evaluator for Loyola students’ research, creative activity, and community engagement projects. This celebration of students’ scholarly work is a meaningful opportunity to review and engage with our Loyola students in the context of the community-based learning work and research projects with which the students have engaged over the past year.

Faculty, staff, graduate students, community partners, and alumni evaluators foster a learning-centered approach, providing constructive and positive feedback to student presenters. If you would like to serve as an evaluator, please fill out this form to register as an Evaluator. We can't do this without you!