Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning

Undergraduate Fellows

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CURL Undergraduate Fellowships are intended to facilitate involvement of students in collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, social service agencies, health care providers, businesses, and government in Chicago's city and suburbs. Through their research and learning projects, fellows are active participants in Loyola University's efforts to improve the quality of life of all members of the Chicago metropolitan community. Involvement in the work of CURL can help students develop a foundation for future graduate programs, community development, or volunteer service.

CURL Undergraduate Fellows earn an hourly wage of $13 per hour for approximately 10 hours per week. Most fellows work with CURL Graduate Fellows, CURL staff, community leaders, and Loyola faculty on one of CURL’s university-community team research projects. CURL uses a collaborative research model that involves community members at all stages of the research, with the intention of both building community voice in the research process and increasing community capacity to complete research on a variety of issues.

The list below gives you a quick overview of the students and their majors. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of CURL’s work, the fellows represent majors in many different departments or schools. More information about the project on which the student is working, as well as what drew them to CURL and what they hope to gain from their CURL experience can be found by clicking on the student’s name.

Current Undergraduate Fellows

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    Isabelle Abbott

    From CURL I hope to gain the skills and experiences that will make me a productive advocate as both a citizen and a professional. As an aspiring lawyer, I hope to learn the innovative solutions that make CURL different from most research centers to meet the needs of whatever communities I seek to advocate for in the future.
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    Emma Chawkins

    From my work at CURL, I hope to gain a more in-depth understanding of institutional and structural legacies that continue to uphold social injustice. Further, I hope to learn what solutions work best to solve the origins and roots as a means to create a more just future rather than a Band-Aid of hope.
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    Emily Drane

    I have lived in Chicago my entire life and actively seek to challenge, build on, and improve my knowledge of Chicago’s communities and the problems that affect them through my work with CURL. From CURL I hope to learn not just the technical skills needed to understand, evaluate, and implement solutions to inequality; I also hope to learn how to continually challenge myself and my own position as a student, researcher, and Chicago resident so that I can most effectively work with others towards social justice.
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    Kira Hutson

    I was immediately drawn to CURL’s approach to community-based research. I am someone who values collaboration and diverse perspectives within a workplace, and CURL recognizes the importance of including students and community leaders in conversations regarding resources and social change.
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    Fedi Tadele

    Since I moved to Chicago, I’ve spent most of my time learning what I can about underprivileged communities and how my future as a student at Loyola would intersect. Finding a way to see through multiple lenses while still trying to make an impact in a new community is something CURL offered me.
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    Taylor Thomas

    From my experience at CURL, I intend to gain a greater understanding for how research can be used intentionally to establish equity within communities, especially through collaboration amongst the multiple levels of local and scholarly structures.