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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    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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    Andy Estrada

    Growing up in a low-income neighborhood, I know how difficult it can be to deal with programs that aren’t effective. There are many struggles people in Chicago face and I wanted to be part of the change. I want to use my knowledge and resources to provide better programming for those who are affected by urban issues.
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    Giovanni Hayes

    Aspiring to work as an economic researcher in Chicago following my undergraduate career, CURL is a great first step in accomplishing this goal. Through CURL, I hope to analyze data regarding communities in Chicago and compile in into meaningful information that would help benefit them.
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    Adrian Medina

    From my time with CURL, I hope to become more familiar with the mechanisms involved in achieving collaborative change, as well as learning how community-based research is utilized when trying to establish equitable policies.
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    Alex Quigley

    I hope CURL teaches me how to be a collaborative researcher and develop systematic approaches to large issues and broad research questions.
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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.