2017 Samuel A. Attoh Diversity and Inclusion Awards
Samuel A. Attoh, Dean of the Graduate School from 2005-2015, believed that increasing the recruitment of underrepresented students and faculty, advocating for and supporting the interests of all students, including but not limited to historically underrepresented students, LGBTQ students, veterans, and students with disabilities, and working with graduate programs to develop and sustain diverse and inclusive academic and social environments created a strong graduate community. In so doing, it was his belief that our students would be equipped to help address social problems and respond creatively and compassionately to the challenges facing our local, state, national, and global communities.
The Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago continues this vision, believing that our students are best served when the university population reflects the larger society. Accordingly, the Graduate School encourages the programs under its jurisdiction to embrace diversity and strive for inclusion. In harmony with the Jesuit principles of cura personalis (care of the whole person) and homonis pro aliis (people caring for others), inclusion affirms the dignity of all members of the Graduate School community and commits our graduates to put their knowledge, skills, and talents in the service of others.
In honor of Loyola’s Jesuit values and the legacy of the late Dean Attoh, the Graduate School is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Samuel A. Attoh Diversity and Inclusion Awards.
Individual Winner: Cameron Williams
Cameron Williams is currently completing his 5th year in the Sociology doctoral program. Cam researches how public housing residents resist and react to the rapidly spreading practice of depopulating public housing, a topic that he first became passionate about through his volunteer work at his church. Tami Love, an organizer for the Logan Square Housing Organization, notes that Cam first became involved with their project to preserve Lathrop Homes (a public housing community on the North Side) in the summer of 2013. In the years since then, Ms. Love describes Cam as having become “one of the most involved students I have worked with in my almost 25 years of community organizing.” Dr. Kelly Moore, Graduate Director of Sociology, notes that Cam “engenders a sense of family from those with whom he serves” in both his teaching and his community service.
Dr. Moore also says that “Cam draws on a deep well of faith to carry out these many ways of being a person for others. He doesn’t talk much about it, and he doesn’t brag or tell many people about what he is doing for others: he just does it.” It is this quality that truly embodies the legacy of Dean Samuel Attoh in Cam’s work. From volunteering for acts of civil disobedience on behalf of vulnerable populations to mentoring undergraduate students (Cameron was also awarded Graduate Student Teacher of the Year this year) his career at Loyola is filled with extraordinary passion coupled with a vision of justice for others. We can’t wait to see what Cameron does next.
Group Winner: Committee on Diversity Affairs from the Department of Psychology
A diverse academic community is characterized by new perspectives and fresh methodological approaches to scientific, humanistic, and social science fields of study. It enhances the pursuit of knowledge and its contribution to our understanding of the world around us. Inclusion values open dialogue, mutual respect, and cultural competence. The Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA) from the Loyola Department of Psychology exemplifies these values. In their mission statement, the members of CODA proudly state that they aim “To promote and foster an academic community that celebrates and supports diversity in multiple areas of departmental life. To provide support, networking opportunities, and mentoring to students of diverse backgrounds. To increase and support culturally competent research on diversity topics. To promote the inclusion of diversity throughout our curriculum. To give students experiential learning opportunities that address diversity issues.”
While many diversity groups might talk a similar talk, CODA absolutely walks the walk as well. Dr. Robyn Mallett notes that CODA works with students of diverse backgrounds to help them learn “how to persist in research that can be emotionally draining, especially if one has a personal stake in the research question.” Dr. Perla Gámez says that CODA was one of the first organizations she joined when she was hired as a junior faculty member and watched the group transform from one that was primarily composed of faculty members to its current composition, which is about equally composed of faculty and graduate students. This transformation has allowed CODA to make their graduate student mentoring truly relevant. Dr. Gámez notes that “as a Latina and the first in my family to attend college and graduate school, I know firsthand the significant role that a sense of community can have in the college experience of underrepresented students, in particular, contributing to their academic and life success. Given that CODA provides a formal space for faculty and students to put their knowledge and talents in the service of individuals from diverse backgrounds, it also serves to build community for underrepresented students and thus, encourages their academic and social success.”
MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award
Congratulations to Justin Hastings, PhD candidate in English, who won the 2016 Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching award. He was recently honored at the Association’s annual conference, where he spoke about his philosophy and love of teaching. In addition to his invitation as a speaker at the conference, Justin was awarded a $750 Honorarium.
This highly competitive award is given to one outstanding PhD and Master’s student who exemplifies the teaching and learning mission of universities throughout the region. These awards have been created to recognize the importance of excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students for future service as college and university faculty. In addition, Justin was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award for Loyola in the spring of 2015. Aligned with the larger university mission of providing a Transformative Education, the Council of Graduate School Programs has established an annual “Excellence in Teaching Award” specifically for graduate student instructors of record.
Justin's teaching career has covered courses in English literature, Medieval Studies, Classics, Latin, foreign languages, and rhetoric and composition. His primary research interest is the medieval inheritance of the classical tradition, and his dissertation explores the way the Horatian tradition was used in Old and Middle English literary production. He currently holds the Schmitt Fellowship in Leadership and Service and received the Medieval Academy of America’s Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant, which supported archival research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. Justin completed his B.A. from Mount Union College and his M.A. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
Fall 2016 Workshops
Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Seminar
Thursday, September 8 from2:00-3:00pm in Granada 420, LSC
Tuesday, September 13 from 5:00-6:00pm in Granada 420, LSC
This information session will include general formatting guidelines, online submission procedures, and details about copyright issues for theses and dissertations.
Space is limited so if you are interested in attending this session, please RSVP to email@example.com to reserve a spot. Please indicate in the email which session you would like to attend.
Visit the Graduate School’s formatting page for more information about submitting your thesis/dissertation, including formatting guidelines.
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities: External Funding Grants
Tuesday, September 27th from 3:00 – 4:00 in the Information Commons, 4th floor, LSC
Master’s and Doctoral Students from The Graduate School who are interested in applying for external funding, this workshop can help you get started.
- Go over the eligibility guidelines for some upcoming national funding competitions,
- Learn about the Pivot search engine for grant funding searches,
- Explore strategies for seeking funding opportunities in your discipline or specialty, and
- Go over the Research Incentive Award for Graduate Students (RIAGS) guidelines.
The workshop is being presented by Dr. Jessica Horowitz, Associate Dean, Graduate School; Tracy Foxworth, Research Administrator, Research Services; and Lisa Knepshield, Fellowship Coordinator. Registration is required for the funding workshop and limited to graduate students in The Graduate School. Space is limited. Please register by 48 hours of the session. Click here to RSVP
Introduction to Graduate Writing
Tuesday October 4th │ 1:00 – 2:30 pm │ LSC │ Mundelein Center 404
Thursday October 6th │ 7:30 – 9:00 pm │ WTC │ Corboy Law Center Room 304
Feel like you need some assistance in your writing? All of us, regardless of our degrees and status, can benefit from someone who has made it his career to guide people to the next level of their writing ability. This 90-minute interactive writing workshop is specifically geared to graduate students who are struggling with graduate-level papers in their courses and individual research. The workshop introduces students to three elemental areas of sound scholarly writing: organizing around a complex and worthwhile purpose, framing paragraphs structure, and reassessing the source relationships. This workshop is open to Master's and Doctoral students from all disciplines in The Graduate School. Conducted by Michael Meinhardt, English Instructor.
Working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Wednesday October 26th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in Granada 420, Lake Shore Campus
Graduate Students planning to conduct “Human Subject Research” should attend this information filled workshop. You will receive pointers for preparing your proposal and submitting it to the Loyola University IRB.
Topics covered include:
- The Types of Research Required to Submit to the IRB Consent & Training Requirements
- Determining the Risk Level
- Determining the Type of Review Required
- Submission Procedures
- Checking Submission and CITI Training Status’
- Minimize the Risk to Subjects
- Tips and Suggestions for Preparing a Proposal: Examples of Good and Bad Ideas
Andrew Ellis, Assistant Director for Research Compliance, will conduct the workshop. Space is limited. Graduate students enrolled in Graduate School programs will have priority on a first come, first served basis. Click here to RSVP.
Graduation Information Session
Wednesday, November 9; 5-6pm; Cuneo Hall 002
The University only holds one commencement ceremony per year in May but we have three degree conferral dates: December, May and August. If you plan to finish your degree for either December 2016, May 2017, or August 2017, you should attend one of these information session which will go over the eligibility process for conferral and also to participate in the May 2016 commencement ceremony. We will offer several sessions both Fall and Spring semester.
Attendance is limited to graduate students in The Graduate School. Click here to RSVP.
2016 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
|This year's winners from left to right: Brian Lin, Azul Zorzoli, and William Flavin.|
The Graduate School hosted the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition on February 12, 2016. This exciting new event, which originated at the University of Queensland, Australia, is designed to promote master’s and doctoral students’ presentation skills, particularly when discussing research.
Each student represented one of our graduate programs and were given three minutes to describe their research project to a general audience with only one PowerPoint slide allowed. In total, there were 11 graduate students representing Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, the Biomedical Sciences and Nursing.
The 1st place prize of $200 was awarded to William Flavin, an MD/PhD student in Integrative Cell Biology. 2nd place went to Brian Lin a PHD student in Cell and Molecular Physiology, and 3rd place was awarded to Azul Zorzoli, an MS student in Microbiology and Immunology.
William Flavin will be representing Loyola University Chicago in the regional 3MT competition at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools yearly meeting in April in Chicago, IL. We all wish him good luck in the competition.
|Contestants and faculty from our Health Sciences Campus.|
|Faculty, students, and guests enjoyed 11 presentations with topics ranging from Philosophy to Microbiology.|
|After tough deliberations, the judges opted to create a third place award to acknowledge one of the best presentations.|
We would like to thank all of the participants, faculty, and invited guests who were in attendance for this outstanding event.
The list of participating students in the 2016 3MT Competition include:
Carolyn Bates: Clinical Psychology
Rayne Bozeman: Social Psychology
Daniela Defrino: Nursing
William Flavin: Integrative Cell Biology
Timothy Hazen: Political Science
Brian Lin: Cell and Molecular Physiology
Thomas Lynch: Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Maria Marcus: Developmental Psychology
Olga Raguimova: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Nicoletta Ruane: Philosophy
Azul Zorzoli: Microbiology and Immunology
Graduate Student Progress System (GSPS)
The Graduate Student Progress System (GSPS) system is open to students and Graduate Program Directors for regular submission of forms to the Graduate School.
Simply go to gsps.luc.edu (https://gsps.luc.edu), and log in with your LUC ID and password, just like you would for email or LOCUS. You may submit the following forms electronically:
- Leave of Absence
- Thesis or Dissertation Committee Form
- Thesis or Dissertation Proposal Ballot
- Travel Award Applications
- Professional Activities (including Placement for jobs, Publications, Presentations at conferences, Internships, and External Awards)
- And more!
These forms are not available in paper format. We have updated the forms page on our website accordingly, so that you will be directed to the GSPS database.
Please contact Elaine Goetz, Office Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about using the system.
2013 MLK Celebration: Rebuild the Dream
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Kasbeer Hall, 25 E. Pearson Street, WTC
Keynote Speech and Q&A
Mullady Theater, 1125 W. Loyola Ave., LSC
Van Jones is a pioneer for green jobs, White House Advisor, and one of TIME's "Most Influential People in the World"
Biography: Van Jones
Van Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy.
Van has a 20-years of track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of three other, thriving nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He is the author of a New York Times best seller, The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs.
The World Economic Forum named Van a Young Global Leader in 2005. In 2008, Fast Company magazine said he had one of the 12 most creative minds on Earth. TIME magazine named Van a global environmental hero in 2008; it named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.
A Yale-educated attorney, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
Van is on the board of Demos and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in Collaborative Economics at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. During the 2010-11 academic year, Van taught environmental policy and politics at Princeton University.
A globally-recognized pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy, Van is one of America's leading champions of smart solutions to create pathways out of poverty and rebuild America's middle class.
This event is presented by the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Water Tower Campus Life. For more information or special accommodations, please contact 773-508-3909.
WORKSHOP: How to Think About Personal Finances After Graduation
When: April 15, 2014, 4:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
As you transition from student to graduate, managing your finances will enter into a new phase. Addressing daily needs will remain important, but you will face the integration of loans payments into your financial world. Additionally, you will want to plan for integrating saving and spending, budgeting in a different way, and planning for the future.
In this session, you will learn about how to think about these decisions from a financial point of view. You will learn two core concepts that drive most financial decisions:
- Compound growth: Assets and debts grow exponentially. The return or interest for this year is added to the total to form the basis for the return or interest for next year.
- Store and flow: Store is the inventory of assets and money flows in and out of that store all the time.
During the session, we will apply these two concepts for simple financial decisions relating to the loan repayments schedule, budgeting, and basic financial planning.
Light refreshments will be served.
About Dr. Gezinus J. Hidding:
Dr. Hidding is an Associate Professor in Loyola's Quinlan School of Business. He has taught Personal Investing at Loyola, and has managed investments for 30 years. He is the owner and manager of Hidding Investment Management, LLC, which manages investment portfolios in the US and in Europe.
Financial Aid Session for Graduate Students
"How do I apply for a student loan? How much should I borrow? When will I need to pay these back?"
Whether you have been borrowing loans for years or just considering the option, you probably have some questions. To answer those questions, the Graduate School and the Office of Financial Aid is hosting a financial aid session for graduate students: "Everything Graduate Students Wanted to Know about Financial Aid but Were Afraid to Ask."
This comprehensive financial aid workshop will provide the information that every graduate student needs to become a savvy borrower and take control over their loan debt. Discussion topics will include types of student loans, how to apply, loan repayment plans, borrowing on a budget, useful resources, and more.
When: March 11th from 4:00 - 5:00
Where: Cuneo 003 (bottom floor of Cuneo), Lake Shore Campus
Light Refreshments will be served
What's so funny about money?
Don’t think finances are hilarious? Let us change your mind! Comedy Improv and 45 Kings meets Financial Aid in this entertaining and enlightening look into financial literacy for undergrad and graduate students. Come to the Damen Center for some laughs about loans.
What: Financial Literacy Improv with 45 Kings
When: Wednesday, November 20th, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Where: Damen Multipurpose Room (2nd Floor)
Free pizza while it lasts!
Graduate School Wins Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education
Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School was presented with the 2013 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The award, comprising a $2,500 grant and certificate of commendation, is sponsored by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and MAGS. Dean Samuel Attoh and Associate Dean Patricia Mooney-Melvin received the award on behalf of Loyola University Chicago.
Loyola University Chicago’s winning proposal, Mastering the Humanities, examines effective ways to grow, diversify, and sustain humanities education – a pillar of Jesuit Education – with the ultimate goal of maximizing career outcomes for graduate students in the humanities. The $2,500 will be used to collect and analyze data pertaining students’ experiences with career pathways and gauge the faculty’s ability to integrate disciplinary training with career pathways, transferable skills, and curricular design. The Graduate School plans to create a Graduate Student Humanities Institute that will provide a venue for programming and activities designed to: explore the importance of humanities in contemporary life, provide workshops and mentoring opportunities that prepare humanities students for multiple career pathways, encourage interdisciplinary efforts involving humanities faculty and students in collaborative research, and house a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows program.
“We are excited and honored to be the 2013 recipient of this prestigious award. I would like to extend my thanks to MAGS and ETS for sponsoring the award, and to members of the Awards Selection Committee for their diligent and dedicated work, “said Dean Samuel Attoh. “The award will go a long way in helping us identify effective strategies for improving the career prospects of our humanities students. I would also like to thank our hard working staff, particularly Pat Mooney-Melvin and Susan Clarke for putting this proposal together.”
Fine Arts Fundraiser
Graduate School Outreach Services (GSOS) is sponsoring its first Fine Arts Fair Fundraiser.
It will be a two day event:
March 15, 2013 from 12-4 pm in Bremner Lounge
March 16, 2013 from 12-4 pm in Regis Hall's Multipurpose Room
The purpose of this fundraiser is to promote and bring awareness to the Howard Area Community Center's Adult Education & Employment Resource Program. We are hoping to assist them by providing CTA bus cards for those individuals that have completed the program and are newly employed. See our event flyer for details.
For more information about other GSOS initiatives, please visit the main program page here.
Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC)
The Graduate School was one of 21 institutions selected nationwide to participate in an NSF-funded study that investigates factors contributing to the success of underrepresented minorities in STEM and STEM-related doctoral programs. Doctoral completion continues to be a top priority for the Graduate School. This research will help us better understand the policies and practices that hold promise for increasing degree completion and reducing attrition. It also provides us with an opportunity to share best practices with other institutions including Brown, Drexel, Iowa, Northwestern, and Princeton among others.