Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Research Mentoring Program

The Research Mentoring Program (RMP) is designed to support doctoral students in their dissertation research while providing an opportunity for undergraduates to learn more about graduate studies and graduate-level research. As a participant, doctoral students will receive a $1,500 financial award for their summer mentoring and a budget of up to $500 reimbursement for their research costs. Undergraduates will also receive a $1200 financial award for serving as a research assistant.

A recent mentor in the field of Humanities has described the RMP as personally inspiring and mutually beneficial: "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." 

For a description of the program and application information, see below:

Mentoring: One-to-one mentoring of an undergraduate student for 6-8 weeks during the Summer 2021.

Required Meetings: Meetings with graduate and undergraduate student participants and the Assistant Dean—an introduction meeting where participants learn about the requirements and goals of the program, a joint presentation meeting where the undergraduates learn about the graduate experiences of the doctoral students, undergraduate meeting with Graduate and Professional Enrollment, and a final presentation meeting where the graduate and undergraduate team share research accomplishments with the group.

Required Presentation: Poster presentations at both the Graduate Research Symposium and LUROP Research Symposium in Spring 2022.

Graduate Student Applications: Please submit all materials requested below to Heather Sevener, Assistant Dean, by January 1, 2021.

  • Program of study; Chair of committee and description of where you are in the dissertation process – proposal writing, IRB, data collection, etc.

  • Abstract of project written for readers outside of your discipline – no  more than ½ page

  • Description of summer undergraduate work including timeline – briefly describe what you would like your research assistant to accomplish

  • Paragraph describing your interest in mentoring

  • Budget estimate (up to $500)

  • Letter of support from faculty mentor

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students should go to the Loyola University Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) home page and click on apply now—it will direct you to the application portal to apply to the Research Mentoring Program. Undergraduates must be available to work during summer (this program must be your first priority during the summer), and interested in attending graduate school to participate in the program.

Students with identities that are under-represented in their disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. The Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago believes that students and our community are best served when the university population reflects the larger society and encourages the programs under its jurisdiction to embrace diversity and strive for inclusion. A diverse academic community enhances the pursuit of knowledge and its contribution to our understanding of the world around us.

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