Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Research Experience for Master's Programs

Research is a central part of graduate education. As part of its commitment to graduate level research, the Graduate School will provide support for mentored research at the Master’s level. Fellowships of $2,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding students who have a demonstrated record of academic excellence. 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.

Program Objectives

The integration of research and teaching is an integral part of the transformative education experience at Loyola University Chicago. The purpose of the Research Experience for Master’s program is to provide master’s degree students with limited research skills the opportunity to engage in a mentored research experience that provides intellectual depth and breadth along with a capacity to think critically and reason analytically. Through this experience, REM students will acquire the following skills and learning outcomes:

For all REM experiences:

  • Make critical observations, clearly articulate research objectives, design experiments, collect data, and present the results in oral and written format. Students in programs of 25 credit hours or more must participate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Symposium in the Spring semester. Students in programs of 24 hours or less must present to the graduate deans before the conclusion of their program.
  • Acquire rigorous training in research design and methodology, which provides them with transferable skills necessary to be active contributors to the research/professional community. Each REM student participant must successfully complete the Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship training before the completion of their program

For programs with an interdisciplinary sensibility and/or a community-based orientation:

  • Learn about interdisciplinary approaches in understanding and addressing socially relevant issues.
  • Work with community organizations that collect data relevant in monitoring our changing social, cultural and environmental landscapes.

Application Requirements

  • Master’s students enrolled in a program housed in The Graduate School
  • Students who write a thesis are not eligible
  • Students who have completed at least one semester of coursework by the start of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Applicants must not be funded from other university sources or a previously held a REM award.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3

Application Process

  • Completion of the REM application.
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor.
  • All materials must be sent to the Graduate School in pdf format.
  • Please submit all application materials to gradschool@luc.edu by Friday, December 18, 2019.
  • Applicants and their mentors will be notified before the targeted semester begins.