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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    Sean Cunnane

    I am excited to learn not only the technical skills required for community research and engagement but also to engage with people in different fields and of different backgrounds in order to develop a more cohesive view of Chicago and its array of communities.
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    Asia Lam

    As a Chicago native, what attracted me to CURL was the amount of vital work they do with community partners all over the city. I am eager to be involved in helping facilitate positive outcomes for those impacted by systemic issues they encounter in the city.
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    Alex Miranda

    As a Chicago native, I was attracted to the research that CURL is organizing that promotes equity for underrepresented communities in my own city. I hope to be able to contribute my passions through social research in order to identify the best ways for organizations to reach underfunded and underrepresented Chicago communities.
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    Mike Reda

    As an activist and grassroots political organizer, I was attracted to CURL’s commitment to building community partnerships and providing opportunities for Loyola students to connect our classroom education with the real-world challenges Chicagoans face every day.
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    Ava Savelkoul

    Working at CURL provides me with the opportunity to use social research to create positive change in my community. I am excited to use my background in law and political science to uplift disenfranchised voices and work with community partners.
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    Mia Sedory

    As an activist and advocate for social justice I was drawn to CURL’s mission to support and uplift the communities around them through research. I hope that through my time at CURL I not only learn research skills, but also how to collaborate with community partners in their efforts to make a positive impact on the community.