The Synapse

Updates from the Sciences at Loyola University Maryland

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December 2021 | Issue 38

Season's greetings! With the end of the semester near, we wish the students, faculty, and staff well during the last week of classes and final exams. The upcoming winter break is a wonderful time to reflect on how far you have come and your future plans for the summer, next academic year, and beyond. You'll find below details about opportunities specifically for science majors to consider (Hauber Summer Research and Haig Scholars) with application deadlines in early February. Enjoy a restful and rejuvenating break and holiday season!

Share your news, photos, inspiring stories, and events for a future issue. Please send any feature suggestions to Jen Sullivan at


Health Outreach Baltimore's return to Mercy Medical Center

After an eighteen-months working remotely, Health Outreach Baltimore has returned in force to Mercy Medical Center. With 33 advocates working daily to connect people to social resources around Baltimore, we have partnered with 132 clients and counting. Everyday, HOB advocates are working with Baltimore residents to find food, housing, employment, education, cribs, childcare, and more. Advocates as young as eighteen have become experts in finding and utilizing resources that had previously been taken for granted. Baltimore’s diverse population has created a challenge that HOB has been able to meet. Different languages, varying cultures, and an assortment of social customs have served to deepen and expand the meaningful relationships advocates have forged with our clients. With the arrival of winter, new needs are bound to surface that HOB’s advocates are more than prepared to fulfill.

– Ben Gratz, ’22, Communications Coordinator, Health Outreach Baltimore

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Engineering FPGA design class welcomes guest speaker

Professor David Hoe's FPGA design class welcomed industry guest Marco Figueiredo from Northrop Gruman. See more photos from his visit at

It's always fantastic to welcome industry guests and alumni to campus to present to classes and meet with student clubs and organizations. Please reach out if you are interested in visiting. If you have hosted a guest speaker, we encourage you to share photos and details for an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

Loyola Sciences in the News

  • Expertise related to the Omicron COVID-19 variant featuring Christopher Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and immunologist


Accepting Applications for 2022 Hauber Summer Research Fellowship Program

Each summer, a select group of undergraduate NAS majors is selected to conduct research with faculty mentors on projects in their area of interest during this 10-week program, culminating with research presentations for the Loyola community, research posters, and scientific papers. Participation has been a stepping stone for many students to campus and national awards, publications, and admission to graduate programs. The fellowship carries a $5,000 stipend with discounted on-campus housing available and runs from the first week of June through mid-August. If you are interested in applying, now is the time to identify faculty who may be interested in mentoring you this summer.

NAS faculty, if you are interested in mentoring a Hauber fellow this summer, please email Jen Sullivan,, with a brief description of your research interests.

For details and application, visit

Accepting Applications for 2022 Haig Scholars Program

The Haig Scholars Program is an academic excellence and leadership program for students majoring in Natural and Applied Sciences. The program recognizes the accomplishments of highly-motivated students. Admission is competitive. Scholars are selected during the spring semester of their sophomore or junior year on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement, leadership experience and potential, commitment to service, community engagement, and personal essay. Scholars will participate in the fall Haig Scholars seminar course which will have a strong emphasis on innovation and innovative mindset and incorporate guest speakers in leadership roles.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and application, visit

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Upcoming Campus Events

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Upcoming Campus Events

Career Center Opportunities

To register for career-focused events and opportunities, visit Handshake.

The Bridge

Visit The Bridge for upcoming campus meetings and events.

Training & Development Sponsored by Human Resources

  • Dec. 7, 11 AM - 12 PM: Creating a Strategy for Career Progression (Webinar presented by KEPRO)

Go to for more information.

Additional Training and Development Opportunities for Employees and Students

OUTLoyola SafeZone Training

Green Bandana Brigade

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Fall Semester Resources

Academic Calendar

Coronavirus Resources

  • Loyola Coronavirus Updates - General university information for all students, faculty, staff including the fall 2021 COVID operations plan, COVID-19 dashboard, FAQs, policies, and resources.

Student Support Resources

Employee Support Resources