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A Summer Spent in the Lab
Loyola Hosts Undergraduate Fellows for Esteemed Research Program
CHICAGO, June 1, 2007 –This summer Loyola University Chicago is hosting a unique research experience, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), for undergraduate students from across the country. The nine-week program, which begins in early June, provides 10 students (six undergraduate women, three undergraduate men, and one teacher from a Chicago inner-city high school) an opportunity to work one-on-one with mentors in Loyola’s biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics, and computer science departments.
Participants will conduct research in the University’s labs on a daily basis. The projects range from gene expression analysis in embryonic zebrafish and computer simulations of hemoglobin evolution, to the evaluation of novel protein candidates for malaria vaccines. Adding to the experience, in addition to their research projects, students will tour the research laboratories at The Field Museum and the Chicago Botanical Gardens.
“This is a very prestigious, and selective program,” says Howard M. Laten, PhD, director of Loyola’s bioinformatics program. “There are only approximately 140 NSF-sponsored research fellowship programs in the biological sciences offered to undergraduate students each year, and our University is fortunate enough that we’ve been chosen to provide students with an opportunity to further their interests in scientific research.”
Students participating went through a rigorous application process to secure their spot in the program, which required sending in transcripts and a number of recommendation letters. Over a two-week period, the field was narrowed down from 150 applicants for the coveted positions to 10 students and a few alternates. The directors in charge of selecting the candidates considered academic standing, interest in a future career in research, and whether or not the candidates’ schools offered research opportunities. Special attention was also paid to underrepresented minorities in the field of research, including women.
Participants receive a $3,600 stipend, plus room and board, as well as paid travel expenses to and from Chicago, for the nine-week program, which also includes a trip to the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.