Loyola University Chicago

Ricci Scholars

Research Proposal

Research Proposal

Applications to the Ricci Scholars program are due November 15, 2019.  Listed below are the steps that one must take in order to prepare a well-rounded application:

  1. Consider your academic passions and what you would like to explore in Italy and Vietnam.  This will help frame your research proposal.
    1. As a Ricci Scholar, you will conduct comparative research in Italy and Vietnam.  Comparative research seeks to compare and contrast nations, cultures, societies, and institutions.
    2. Ricci Scholars have explored a wide variety of topics: economics, society, culture, gender, politics, technology, religion, etc.
  2. Connect with a faculty mentor in Chicago whose work aligns with your research topic.
    1. Reach out to a faculty member who may have similar research interests.
    2. The faculty mentor does not need to be an expert in either Italian or Asian culture.
    3. Should be someone with whom you feel comfortable.
    4. Discuss research idea with faculty mentor and receive tips and feedback.
  3. Write a proposal, which is typically 2-4 pages.
    1. 1st paragraph: the larger/issue/problem that you would like to explore
    2. 2nd paragraph: the more narrowly focused project that you will pursue in in order to illuminate the larger topic
    3. 3rd paragraph: the questions that you will seek to address in their research
    4. 4th paragraph: Some discussion of the existing literature on the topic
  4. Communicate with Dr. Mine Cinar and Alaina Miller during your application process.
    1. Dr. Cinar and Alaina provide feedback and pointers to students during their proposal preparation.
    2. Professor Cinar can be contacted at mcinar@luc.edu and Alaina at amiller21@luc.edu 


Here are examples of previous research projects from the years in which Ricci Scholars studied in Rome, Italy and in Beijing, China:

  • "Is Nature a Feminist Issue?: The Role of Ecofeminism in Italian and Chinese Environmental Movements" (Rosie Mohammadi, 2018)
  • "The Impacts of Gentrification on the Availability and Affordability of Migrant Housing in Rome and Beijing" (Alaina Miller, 2018)
  • "The Real Estate Investment Trust Model: How Rome and Beijing Leverage Commercial Real Estate Taxation for Investment" (Olivia Muszynski, 2018)
  • "The Effects of Deindustrialization on Labor Unions in Rome and Beijing" (Matthew Walcutt, 2018)
  • “The Culture of Compliance in Italy and China: An exploratory Study into Several Factors Preventing Voluntary Compliance to Income Tax Law and Extrapolations of their Significance” (Christopher Benson, 2014)
  • “Studying the Usage of Technology in the Classroom Across Cultures” (Jennifer Burghard, 2014)
  • “Catholic Funeral Culture Examined in Rome and Beijing” (Zachary Davis, 2014)
  • “Women and the Role of Sexism in Economic Representation: Italy and China” (Virginia Jreisat, 2014)
  • “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Italian and Chinese Home and Family Life” (Will Steffek, 2014)
  • “In the Face of Adversity: A Comparative Look at Education-Labor Transitions in Rome & China” (Taha Zaffar, 2014)
  • “Vegetarian and Vegan Food Choice Ideology: A Comparative Study of Italian and Chinese Society” (Corinne Whitaker, 2014)
  • “Comparison of Italian and Chinese Oral Healthcare: Impacts on Oral Health” (Benjamin Palla, 2013)
  • “Chinese Businesses in Italy, Italian Businesses in China, and Reflections on the Future of Sino-Western Economic Relations” (Katherine Geusz, 2013)
  • “Trust on the Table: Italy and China’s Appetizing and Diverse Response to Globalization” (Claire DeGrazia, 2013)