Loyola University Maryland

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant

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Undergraduate application

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Applicant Information
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Education Information
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Academic Awards and Honors
Extracurricular Activities and Community Involvement
Father Kolvenbach's call to action

Kolvenbach Summer Research Grants seek to join the Loyola academic community with Baltimore City agencies and organizations, providing opportunities for students to combine academic theory and practice. Father Kolvenbach calls us: “to the service of faith and the promotion of justice, to educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world, to serve and accompany people who are materially poor, (and) to seek involvement with diverse peoples.” List three topics impacting Baltimore City that you would be interested in working on over the summer, combining academic theory and practice (e.g., education, health, housing, the environment, homelessness, labor rights, economic development, etc.).

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In a Word or PDF document, please respond to the following three questions: I. Discuss your interest in participating in the Kolvenbach Summer Research program. In particular, explain how this program will help you develop, personally, professionally, and/or spiritually. (Please do not exceed 300 words.) II. Describe briefly your research experience to date. Let us know, for instance, whether you have taken a research methods course in any field. Our purpose in asking this question is to allow us to match you with a faculty mentor who can assist you as you engage in research. (Please do not exceed 100 words.) III. Select a problem of interest to you impacting Baltimore City within one of the three topics you listed in the above section, “Call to Action.” Describe in 500 words or less the topic in general, why the topic is significant to Baltimore City, and how academic theory and practice might be combined to promote positive change. Make sure you use endnotes or footnotes to provide complete information about sources you use to answer this question.
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Checklist
The 2011 Undergraduate Student Application.
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Responses to the three essay questions.
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A letter of recommendation from an individual who can attest to your commitment to engaging in action that furthers one or more of the Kolvenbach aims: to the service of faith and the promotion of justice, to educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world, to serve and accompany people who are materially poor, (and) to seek involvement with diverse peoples.
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A letter of recommendation from a Loyola faculty member that assesses the likelihood that, over the summer, you would be able to complete a project that combines theory and practice, joining intellectual concepts and direct contact with communities. This letter should be emailed directly to Julie Ryder, Assistant Director in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
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