Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Research Mentoring Program

Are you a doctoral candidate who would like the opportunity to mentor an undergraduate research assistant? If so, consider applying for the competitive Research Mentoring Program sponsored by the Graduate School.

"As a PhD student in the English department, I found the summer research fellowship to be a valuable opportunity to practice mentorship with an aspiring scholar. My mentee helped me make significant progress in my research organization by identifying and collecting resources in places I wasn't looking. More importantly, her willingness to ask questions and challenge my ideas provided a new and productive voice from outside my immediate critical circles." – a 2020 research mentor

This summer research program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to learn more about graduate studies and graduate-level research while supporting the mentorship training and research of a doctoral student. PhD mentors will be matched with an undergraduate research assistant to support their dissertation research, as well as receive a $2,000 summer stipend and a budget of up to $500 for research costs. Undergraduates will also receive a $1,500 stipend for serving as a research assistant.

Components of the program include:

  • One-to-one mentoring of an undergraduate student for 6-8 weeks during the summer.
  • Check-in meetings about progress and a final presentation meeting where you and your undergraduate assistant share your research accomplishments with the group.
  • Joint poster or oral presentation at the Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium and/or Graduate Research Symposium in the Spring semester. 

Research Mentoring Program Application

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Heather Sevener, Assistant Dean for the Graduate School, at hsevene@luc.edu