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Loyola University Chicago Announces
2018-19 Ricci Scholars
Seven Loyola Students Awarded
Prestigious Study-Abroad Scholarship

CHICAGO, February 6, 2018—Loyola University Chicago has selected its 2018-19 Ricci Scholars—a group of students who will travel to Italy and China during their junior year to study and conduct cross-cultural research. The Ricci Scholars program offers a scholarship to highly qualified students who spend their junior year at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center and the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. Students prepare their research proposals and apply for this unique scholarship as sophomores, conduct field research and travel as juniors, and then complete their projects as seniors.

Seven Loyola sophomores have been chosen as the next group of Ricci Scholars. The cohort includes: Grace Mabulay, Mikaela Marino, Alaina Miller, Rose Mohammadi, Olivia Muszynski, Bruno Riguzzi, and Matthew Walcutt. Each of these scholars has performed at the highest levels of their class academically and each enjoys the support of a faculty mentor. During their stays in Rome and Beijing, they will participate in regular classes in addition to carrying out their Ricci Scholars projects.

Launched in the fall of 2007, the Ricci Scholars program is supported by the generous gift of a donor to Loyola University Chicago. The scholarship covers round-trip travel, language tutorials, program seminars, research expenses, and study travel. Unlike other international experiences, the Ricci program allows students to engage in two cultures—Western European in Rome and East Asian in Beijing—within the span of nine months. It also challenges students to integrate these experiences with a third culture, that of the United States. This triple cultural immersion, achieved through a coordinated effort linking Chicago, Rome, and Beijing, is currently unparalleled by any other study-abroad program. The Ricci Scholars program brings together the cultures of East and West in an educational context that reflects the complexities and opportunities of the 21st century.

2018-19 Ricci Scholars:

Grace Mabulay, a member of the Quinlan School of Business Honors Program, hails from Aurora, Illinois, and is majoring in International Business and Marketing. She has been awarded a scholarship to study classroom cultures in Rome and Beijing. Grace’s sophisticated research proposal will focus on the role of kindergarten and primary schools in shaping the social expectations and psychological and cultural development of Italian and Chinese children.

Michaela Marino of Morris, Illinois, is a member of the University Honors Program, majoring in Anthropology with minors in Peace Studies and Bioethics. She is pursuing a comparative study of the concept of gender in China and Italy by examining how women in the two countries are portrayed in the media. More specifically, Michaela will look at the impact of capitalism on advertisements with a particular focus on the ways images of women are used to promote consumerism in quite different political environments.

Alaina Miller of Chelsea, Michigan, another member of the Honors Program, is majoring in International Studies with a minor in International Business. Inspired by the centrality of immigration as a topic of global conversation, Alaina’s project explores the impact of gentrification on the availability of housing for rural and foreign immigrants in Rome and Beijing. Her research will focus on specific neighborhoods in each city, aiming to find information on the types of housing these immigrant workers find and live in.

Rose Mohammadi, an Honors student from Los Altos, California, is majoring in Environmental Science and Economics. She has been awarded a Ricci Scholarship to explore the ideological and historical interplay between environmentalism and feminism in Italy and China. Rose’s project draws its inspiration from ecofeminism, a relatively new discipline within environmental philosophy that posits an alliance between women and nature. Specifically, she plans to pursue a comparative study of the members and causes supported by environmental groups to test the applicability of ecofeminism in the two countries.

Olivia Muszynski comes to Loyola from Winter Park, Florida. She is also a member of the Honors Program, majoring in Finance. In line with her intellectual and career interests, Olivia wants to look at the impact of real estate taxes on urban development decisions and their economic and social consequences in Rome and Beijing. Her research will concentrate on commercial properties in similar neighborhoods in the two cities to shed light on the intended purposes of the real estate tax code and their unintended consequences.

Bruno Riguzzi, a native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, is majoring in Anthropology and History. He has been awarded a Ricci Scholarship to provide a comparative study of the commodification of religious culture in an era of neoliberalism and globalization in Italy and China. Bruno’s research will employ participant observation and interviews to gain insights into the experiences of local practitioners in highly commercialized shrines, stores, and temples.

Matthew Walcutt is a member of the Honors Program from Strongville, Ohio, with a double major in History and Latin and minors in Greek and Socio-Legal Studies. Matthew’s desire to pursue a career in the legal profession fits well with his research project on the culture of law in contemporary Italy and China. He is especially interested in examining how current labor law has addressed and adapted to the two countries’ turbulent political and economic histories in the 20th century.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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