Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Baum Graduate Research Fund

The Alvin H. Baum Family Graduate Research Program in partnership with SES

Thank you to the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund for its longstanding partnership with Loyola University Chicago.


Amidst uncertain times, Loyola has chosen to invest in caring for our common home through the creation of Loyola's new School of Environmental Sustainability. SES is thrilled to partner with the Alvin H Baum Family Fund to support graduate student research allowing us to increase the impact of scholarship at Loyola. 

Incoming SES graduate students will be given the opportunity based upon their merits to become an Alvin H. Baum Family Graduate Research Scholar. Loyola plans to award funding to worthy students based on both merit and financial need. Through this  program we will recruit and support three to five Graduate Students for two years.  

Loyola faculty conduct research with graduate students in each of these areas:

  1. The Loss of Biodiversity: The Biodiversity group examines the drivers of biodiversity loss and strategies for conserving and restoring biodiversity through basic and applied research in conservation biology, invasive species ecology, and restoration ecology.
  2. Environment & Society: The intersecting crises of ecological destruction and social injustice result from environmentally neglectful economies, policies, legal systems, cultural mores, and values. Research questions undertaken by our faculty in economics, policy and law consider how to understand these crises and build more sustainable societies.
  3. Environmental Health & Toxicology: Industry, technology, and production of goods produces air, water, and soil pollution as well as solid waste (trash) that has overwhelmed Earth's ecosystems, with distribution of environmental toxins disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable populations. Faculty span public health, health disparities, and environmental toxicology fields to address the impact of toxins in the environment on natural ecosystems and humans.
  4. Sustainable Food Systems: The dominant industrial food system maximizes short-term profits and sacrifices long-term sustainability by externalizing environmental and social costs. Research questions in this area span food production, distribution, food insecurity, food deserts, and resilience planning.
  5. Climate & Energy: This research area addresses questions in energy policy and administration systems to shift away from fossil fuels and mitigate climate change.

Thank you to the Alvin H Baum Family Fund for your generous support! In order to be considered for this Fellowship incoming students must apply to our graduate program by March 1, 2021.