2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Our Undergraduate Summer Research
Program is sponsored by the faculty and Department of Microbiology and
Immunology of Loyola University Chicago. The program is designed to provide
a stimulating "hands on" research experience for students who are considering
graduate education in molecular Microbiology or Immunology.
10-week research internship in molecular
microbiology, immunology or virology
Stipend of approximately $3000 will be offered to qualified
Lodging and travel expenses will be the
responsibility of the student
Disabled students, minority students and
students from smaller liberal arts institutions where comparable research
facilities are unavailable are particularly encouraged to apply
Dates for the 2014 summer program are
June 03, 2013 - August 09, 2014
materials must be received, as a packet or as a single PDF, in our office by February
Applicants will be notified of their
status by March
Under the guidance of a selected faculty
member, the student will actively participate in an ongoing research
project. He or she will learn basic research skills, attend various scientific
seminars and journal clubs, participate in a series of special summer workshops
and present his or her results to the department. Students will learn many
modern research techniques, such as:
Ongoing research projects in the department include:
maintaining cell cultures
protein and nucleic acid molecular biology
We invite undergraduate college students who have
demonstrated outstanding scientific aptitude to join us and explore their
interests in biomedical research.
molecular biology of the immune system and immune
mechanisms of host resistance
molecular and cellular aspects of lymphocyte differentiation
regulation of gene expression
viral pathogenesis and molecular virology
bacterial physiology and metabolism
molecular biology of symbiotic relationships
biochemistry of membrane proteins
for Summer Program Participants:
and campus tour
luncheon for Undergraduate Students and their mentors
special equipment facilities
in Science workshop
(Past activities include Cubs game, zoo, Museum of Science and Industry,
and Museum of Natural History)
career opportunities in science
at scientific seminars and journal clubs
to present research findings
My professor prefers to send her/his letter of recommendation separately.
Your instructions state that the application materials should arrive together
in the same envelope. Will you consider my application if my letters
are sent separately? Yes, as long as all of the materials
arrive before the deadline. However, we cannot respond to inquiries
regarding completeness of an application. If you've assembled and
mailed the application materials together, you will know that the application
Will you accept letters of recommendation by e-mail? Yes, letters
of recommendation will be accepted by e-mail as long as the letter is on letterhead and signed.
Can I be notified if my application is incomplete? We ask
that the application materials arrive together in a packet, because we
are not able to individually contact applicants to inform them of the status
of their application.
I am a foreign student attending college in the U.S. Am I eligible
for your program? We accept only U.S. citizens and permanent
residents into our program.
How many students do you accept into your program? We take approximately
5 students from among over 100 well-qualified applicants each year.
My school is still in session when the summer program begins.
If I'm accepted, can I start later? Yes, if our schedule conflicts
with that of your undergraduate institution, we will try to accommodate
you by shifting your schedule. However, you may miss portions of
the scheduled program. Please indicate such a conflict in a statement that
accompanies your application.
Is there on-campus or nearby housing available for the 10-week program?
housing is available nearby campus. Therefore, students must make
their own housing arrangements.
If I am accepted into the program, what paperwork, etc., must be completed
in advance of starting the program? Loyola treats summer students
as new employees and therefore, students entering the program complete
employee applications and fill out tax paperwork. Additional information will
be provided to program participants at an appropriate time prior to the
program start date.
If I am accepted into the program, what hours will I work daily? The
working hours vary from lab to lab, and mentor to mentor. Therefore,
there is not a simple answer to that question. All students should expect
to work at least 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Evening
and weekend work may be necessary to complete an experiment or reach a
goal. The 10-week program goes quickly, and students should attempt
to participate to the fullest extent.
Is parking available? Parking is available on campus for a fee
of approximately $50 for the 10-week session.
program is offered to college students who are interested in biomedical
research. Preference is given to students who are currently college sophomores
or juniors. Disabled students, minority students and students from smaller
liberal arts institutions where comparable research facilities are unavailable
are particularly encouraged to apply.
of program participants will be based on the completed application,
a copy of the student's undergraduate transcript(s), and two letters of
recommendation. These items must arrive together in a single envelope.
for receipt of all application
materials in our office is February 15, 2014
stipend of $3,000 will be offered to qualified candidates.
travel expenses will be the responsibility of the student.
submission of applications or more information contact:
of Microbiology and Immunology
University Medical Center
South First Avenue
(708) 216-5687, or FAX (708) 216-9574
Electronic Submissions should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org