Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Carbon Fellowships

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Carbon Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Loyola University Chicago

Michael & Dorothy Carbon

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program 

Program Announcement

Undergraduate science and math students from Loyola University Chicago are invited to apply to the prestigious Michael and Dorothy Carbon Fellowship Program.


 The Carbon Fellowship Program:

  • Is a competitive program open to undergraduate students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Neuroscience and Engineering.
  • Provides students with the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research with
  • Provides students with financial support during the 2-year duration of the fellowship (the students’ junior and senior years).

The objectives of the Carbon Fellowship Program are:

  • To enable students to gain practical experience in interdisciplinary scientific research.
  • To promote science literacy, critical thinking, and verbal and written communication
  • To develop leadership potential and social responsibility in the next generation of scientists.

Details of the Program:

  • Students will apply to the program by 1 March of their sophomore year through the LUROP website https://www.luc.edu/lurop/ . A review committee will select the Carbon Fellows by mid-April of the same year.
  • Projects will begin in the Fall semester of the junior year and will end in May of the senior year, and research during the summer between the junior and senior years is encouraged.
  • Students will be expected to spend between 10 and 15 hours per week conducting research during the academic year, and are encouraged to spend 20+ hours per week for 6-8 weeks during the summer between their junior and senior years.
  • Students will receive a stipend of $6,000 per year to help offset their student costs.
  • Faculty mentors will be assigned a budget of $3,000 per year for supplies.
  • At the end of the senior year, Fellows will present their projects in an open forum.
  • Students and mentors are strongly encouraged to present their Carbon Fellows projects at national scientific meetings and to publish their results in scientific journals. 

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must have junior standing when entering the program, so apply in spring of their sophomore year.
  • Students must have a declared major in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Neuroscience or Engineering.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 0 to apply to the program, and must maintain that GPA throughout the program.

More Information:

  • Interested students should inquire at the School of Environmental Sustainability located in SES 311 (773-508-2141; ses@luc.edu).
  • Christopher Peterson, Associate Dean of SES can provide details on the application process and can assist students in pairing with faculty who are conducting research in an area of interest to the students.