Each summer, a select group of highly motivated, talented undergraduates work side-by-side with faculty from the six natural science departments at Loyola to conduct research in the students area of interest. Typically, 10-12 students are selected for the program each year, and the students have the opportunity to be engaged in research, seminars, journal clubs and social activities. For many students, a Hauber Fellowship has been a stepping stone to campus and national awards (e.g., Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, Goldwater Scholarship), co-authors on presentations and/or manuscripts, and entry into professional or graduate school.
The Hauber Fellowship program has been very popular both among students and faculty. The program runs for 10 weeks in the summer. Students gain valuable experience while engaged in research in their discipline while faculty obtain assistance with their work and the pleasure of working directly with students. All Hauber Fellows and their mentors meet for lunch once a week. During these lunch meetings, one of the faculty and their student(s) present an overview of their research. The faculty member speaks for 20 minutes describing the context of the student's research and then the student speaks for another 20 minutes about their particular research. At the end of the summer each student is required to submit a written report. In the fall, each student participates in a poster symposium which provides the Loyola community with an opportunity to learn of their summer research. Depending on the outcome of their research, students are encouraged to submit their work for publication and a number of students have successfully published their work.
Applications for a Hauber Fellowship are made in the spring semester, usually mid-to-late February. Application forms will be available in each science department office by contacting the appropriate administrative assistant (Biology: Ms. Monika Matthews, firstname.lastname@example.org).
History of the Program
In the summer of 1988, Loyola began supporting the first group of Hauber Fellows to participate in faculty sponsored research in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematical sciences and engineering science. These fellowships were established in honor of Father Edward S. Hauber, S.J., who taught chemistry at Loyola from 1942-1966. While chairman of the chemistry department, Fr. Hauber obtained funds to support summer research for chemistry majors. After Fr. Hauber's death in 1985, it was decided that additional funds be solicited to support summer research in the other sciences as well. Through the contributions of graduates, faculty, students and friends, sufficient funds were obtained to support six students each summer. Additional students have been supported with funds from grants from agencies such as the N.S.F. and the Research Corporation.