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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    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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    Meredith Farrar

    What attracted me to CURL was the opportunity to work on a variety of community collaboration projects. I was attracted to the opportunity to help with multiple projects at once, and being able to learn about the projects other fellows and researchers are working on.
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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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    Anna Monarski

    Through my work at CURL, I hope to better understand the unique social, political, and cultural landscapes of Chicago. As a future teacher in Chicago Public Schools, I must develop the skills to deeply understand and critically evaluate institutions and their roles while sharing perspectives with other stakeholders on possible solutions to promote a more just and equitable world for myself and my students.
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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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    Kate Woziwodzki

    In uplifting disenfranchised voices through a collaborative research model, I am optimistic to learn how to foster the relationship between community and university knowledge to target systemic urban issues that Chicago communities face.