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 $11 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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    Zachary Enriquez

    Having lived in and around several different Chicago neighborhoods, I’ve witnessed first-hand the effects that policies and institutions relating to urban populations can have on the people of the community. As a communications major with an interest in public health advocacy, I found CURL to be an excellent way to branch out and learn about important contemporary social issues and their solutions.
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    Yasmeen Khayr

    I hope to gain the research skills I will need in my career as a sociologist, but also a more holistic understanding of the needs of the city. Too often, research is heavily academic, but I hope to have a better grasp of how to apply research to improve the communities around us.
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    Keesha Moliere

    I know what the power of research has the ability to do and the impact it can create for under-researched and under-resourced marginalized communities. I think a center like CURL recognizes those disparities, works to be a medium that can put power back into the hands of disenfranchised people and strives to lessen the inequities that plagues their communities.
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    Kimberly Ocampo

    As a future educator, I am passionate about working with low-income students throughout the city to provide them with the tools they need to achieve academic success. I was drawn to CURL as a result of my interest in education policy in order to advocate for my future students.
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    Sarah Paulus

    As a Psychology major, I have a great passion for people and my Advocacy and Social Change minor has shown me the importance of following social issues and learning how to advocate for others. I'm excited for my time at CURL to give me an opportunity to be active with my community to make greater change.
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    Emily Wellens

    Before CURL, I had never considered pursuing a research-based career path. I hope to gain a better understanding of what a career in conducting research looks like as well as learning the tools and skills needed in order to conduct research.