The Synapse

Updates from the Sciences at Loyola University Maryland

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February 2022 | Issue 40

It's shaping up to be an exciting spring for natural and applied sciences with Grand Seminar and Celebration of Science coming in April! Take a peek at what's ahead and learn more about student and faculty opportunities on campus and beyond.

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Save the date for Grand Seminar - Tuesday, April 5!

NAS is pleased to announce this year's Grand Seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 PM at Evergreen and via Zoom featuring keynote speaker Nicola Fox, Ph.D., Heliophysics Division Director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Details and registration coming soon to

Celebration of Science Week (April 4 - 8)

Join natural and applied sciences for Celebration of Science the week of April 4. Events will include pop-up classes, student club activities and tables by Boulder throughout the week, speed mentoring, and more!

If your club or organization is interested in participating, contact Jen Sullivan at

Loyola Sciences In The News


2022 Hauber Summer Research Fellowship Program - Application deadline extended to 2/25

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 the 10-week Hauber Summer Research Fellowship 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.

To apply, students must connect with a faculty mentor and submit a tentative title and brief abstract of their proposed research. With the first few weeks of the spring semester conducted remotely, we realize that many students may not have had an opportunity to find a professor to work with. There is still time! The application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 25.

For details and application, visit

If you have any questions, contact Jen Sullivan at

Global Pathways for Students (GPS)

Applications are now being accepted for the Global Pathways for Students (GPS) Albrecht Fellowship Program at the World Trade Center Institute.

The GPS Program is designed to prepare college students for the competitive job market. By leveraging a vast regional network, 20-25 high-achieving students from various universities and colleges around the region have the opportunity to get their foot in the door of 9 different globally-minded companies, jumpstarting their practical skill development and professional network. Past participating companies of the program include Lockheed Martin, Stanley Black & Decker, Ciena, Under Armour, McCormick, PeaceCorps, and the U.S. State Department.

This year's fellowship will run from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Friday, June 10, 2022. Barring any further disruptions from COVID-19, this program will be fully in-person. The application deadline for the GPS Program is April 15th, 2022, and applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early!

Candidate pre-requisites:

  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior (at the time of the program)
  • Must be able to participate in a full 10-day program, from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Friday, June 10, 2022 (weekend excluded)
  • Program participation fee of $250 (due only upon acceptance into the program with need-based scholarships available on a first-come, first-serve basis)

Additional funding sources at Loyola for participation in programs such as this include Education for Life and/or Natural and Applied Sciences divisional funds.

Students can apply using the following link:

Biology Student Travel Awards from Council of Undergraduate Research

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original biological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2021-2022. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short online survey about their meeting experience, and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is Monday, February 28.

For details, visit the CUR website.

Faculty opportunity - 2022 Collegium Colloquium

Academic Affairs is accepting applications for the 2022 Collegium Colloquium, scheduled for June 10-17 at St. John’s University. The annual week-long seminar offers faculty the chance to reflect on the intersections of faith and intellectual life.

Application deadline is Friday, February 25.

For more information and to apply, visit our Collegium Colloquium website.

Upcoming Campus Events

Upcoming Campus Events

COVID Booster Vaccination Clinic

Thursday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., College Center Room 114: Registration Link

As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccine boosters are required for all students participating in in-person classes or activities and all faculty, staff, and administrators, with the exception of those who have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University.

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

  • Employee Assistance Program Orientation - 2/21/22 from 10:30 - 11 am via Zoom.
  • New Employee Orientation - 2/21/22 from 8:30 am - 12 pm via Zoom.

Go to for more information.

Additional Training and Development Opportunities for Employees and Students

OUTLoyola SafeZone Training

Green Bandana Brigade

Spring Semester Resources

Academic Calendar

Coronavirus Resources

  • Loyola Coronavirus Updates - General university information for all students, faculty, staff including the spring 2022 COVID operations plan, COVID-19 dashboard, FAQs, policies, and resources.

Student Support Resources

Employee Support Resources