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Student research shared in poster presentations

A two-month program ended July 25, 2014, with scholars in Elon University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience displaying their work for professors and peers inside McKinnon Hall during a special College Coffee.

Elon seminar focuses on undergraduate research mentoring

Professors from 26 colleges and universities were on campus July 13-18, 2014, for a research program hosted by the Center for Engaged Learning.

Chad Awtrey receives national award for undergraduate research mentoring

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Chad Awtrey has been chosen to receive the 2014 Early Career Mentoring Award from the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science within the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Paul Miller: mentor in research for faculty and students

Professor of Exercise Science Paul Miller guides students and faculty members, helping shape their path and reach their full potential.

Chad Awtrey and math majors publish research article

Assistant professor of mathematics Chad Awtrey and Elon undergraduates Brett Barkley '15, Jeremy Guinn '14 and Mackenzie McCraw '14 published their research article in the latest issue of the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal.

Lumen Scholar researches role of Christians in the Holocaust

Recent Elon University graduate Sarah Holland's study of Christian complicity in the evils of Nazi Germany shed light on the way people of faith can be led astray by leaders who exploit religious beliefs at the expense of marginalized populations.

Six seniors receive Fulbright awards

The Class of 2014 is sending more scholars overseas next year with Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants than any previous class in Elon University history.

From Holden Caulfield to Harry Potter, young adult literature strikes chords for all ages

Over the past two years, Elon University senior and Lumen Prize recipient Michelle Nussbaum has used a top award for undergraduate research to pinpoint the reasons many older readers find comfort in novels written for adolescent audiences.

Lumen Scholar studies the narratives of welfare

Elon University senior Greg Honan researched the stories two former presidents told of public assistance recipients and found a direct influence on the way local politicians talk about social services.

Faculty and staff recognized at annual awards luncheon

Four outstanding faculty members and 21 retirees were honored for excellence and service to Elon on May 14.

CELEBRATE! Profile: Ethan Andersen '14

The music theatre major from New Orleans is the creative force behind "HeadVoice," an original production that opens Thursday in Box Black Theatre for four performances.

CELEBRATE! Profile: Mat Goldberg '14

A psychology major recently awarded a Fulbright to teach English in South Korea researched the emerging theory of authentic leadership by surveying two very different groups of people.

Students and professors showcase scholarship at SURF

The 21st annual Spring Undergraduate Research Forum included poster sessions and classroom presentations from more than 200 Elon University students who teamed with faculty mentors to explore questions related to their fields of study.

CELEBRATE! Profile: Gloria So '14

A human rights & social justice independent major has spent two years comparing local and national media perceptions of poverty in Appalachia.

CELEBRATE! Profile: Raven Bennett '14

A strategic communications major teamed with the director of Elon University's African & African-American Studies program to conduct undergraduate research into the portrayal of plus-sized black women in popular media.

Elon names 2014 Lumen Scholars

The university's top award comes with $15,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achievements.

Prudence Layne presents paper and leads workshop at the Mico Research Day Conference in Jamaica

The associate professor of English & coordinator of African and African-American Studies program was invited to present a paper titled "Transforming Higher Education: Restructuring Space and Minds” and lead a workshop for faculty during the Mico University College's Week of Activities held in Kingston, Jamaica during the week of April 8.

Lumen Scholar traces the history of mental illness guide

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the nation’s most recognized resource for classifying conditions like depression and anxiety, but through five editions and half a century, its self-professed raison d'être continues to evolve. Elon University senior Kelsey O’Connell set out to learn “why,” and more importantly, she wanted to pinpoint “how.”

Awtrey, Shill '14, and Strosnider '14 give invited research presentation at UNCG

Math majors Christopher Shill '14 and Erin Strosnider '14 and assistant professor of mathematics Chad Awtrey gave a joint, invited presentation at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, on April 9, 2014.

Elon senior and mentor publish research on intergenerational service learning

Emily Delaplane '14 conducted a study with Professor Cindy Fair of the way second grade students interacted with older adults in local retirement communities.

Cindy Fair, two young alumni publish research on HIV/AIDS issues

The professor of human service studies worked with Lauren Taylor '10 and Jamie Albright '13 on recently completed studies that have been published or presented to international audiences.

Math majors present at the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

Math majors Chris Shill '14 and Erin Strosnider '14 presented their research at the spring conference of the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics  held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on March 14-15, 2014.

Pixels or paper? Lumen Scholar examines the classroom value to both

As a growing number of grade schools complement traditional textbooks with computer tablets, senior Jeff Stern is using a top Elon University award to research the way children retain information from the two types of media.

Professors, alumna publish research in Applied Economic Letters

Steve DeLoach, Jennifer Platania and Stephanie Franz '11 studied the effects of part-time work on students’ academic performance.

Elon College Fellow wins national biology research award

Mary Savarese '14 received the David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award from the American Physiological Society.

Lumen Scholar researches new method to help struggling students

Elon University senior Leigh Iler developed strategies for a middle school tutoring program as she studied an emerging technique for deciding whether students require special education.

Chad Awtrey and Christopher Shill '14 publish research article

Assistant professor of mathematics Chad Awtrey and mathematics and physics double major Christopher Shill '14 have published a research article on the intersection of p-adic numbers and Galois theory.

When death and the devil changed the history of music

Wesley Rose is using the Lumen Prize, Elon University’s top award for undergraduate research and creative achievement, to explain how a famous 19th century composer used mortality and superstition to shape the evolution of classical piano performances.

Lumen Scholar helps close 'gap' in scholarship on WWII leader

Claire Mayo's freshman survey course three years ago sparked an undergraduate research project that may one day lead her to become a top expert on former French leader Charles de Gaulle.

Lumen Prize project takes aim at Parkinson’s

Inspired in part by his grandmother’s fight against Parkinson’s disease, Elon University senior Andrew Fischer hopes his undergraduate research will be a small contribution to the elusive search for a cure to the degenerative neurological condition.

Ursula Saelzler ’13 receives Phi Kappa Phi award

The Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award will help the young Elon University alumna as she begins her graduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

SURE scholars present summer research

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences program offers students stipends to spend eight weeks on campus collaborating with faculty on a variety of projects.

Undergraduate researchers mentor Elon Academy scholars

High school students in the university’s college access and success program met Thursday with current Elon students taking part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

Elon sophomore wins Boren Scholarship

Omolayo Ojo’s $10,000 award covers her expenses to study in Senegal for the fall semester as she conducts Lumen Prize research on African emigrants to the United States.

Elon senior curates exhibit on local Native Americans

Anthropology major Erin Mellett researched and organized an exhibit on the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation that opens May 9 at the Mebane Historical Museum.

Lumen Scholar identifies key traits of successful attorneys

In a series of interviews with lawyers and career specialists, Sarah Kowalkowski '13 pinpoints the characteristics of students who thrive in law school - and then their profession.

Psychology students co-author presentations with Amy Overman

Projects were supported by funding from Elon's Undergraduate Research Program and the Elon College Fellows program.

CELEBRATE! profile: Joshua McGee '13

A senior political science major studies the evolution of Internet security and warns about the risks of responding to all cyber attacks with militaristic rhetoric.

CELEBRATE! profile: Kelsey Haines '13

The special education/elementary education major worked this year with two children with autism to help develop math skills using an innovative approach.

Student & faculty scholarship takes center stage at SURF

The Spring Undergraduate Research Forum at Elon marks its 20th anniversary this month as young scholars and their mentors share new findings across a range of disciplines.

CELEBRATE! profile: Jeffrey Flitter '14

The junior broadcast major analyzed remarks at a 2012 international conference for trends on how technology thought leaders view the future the Internet.

CELEBRATE Week! runs April 22-27

Hundreds of Elon students will be involved in activities during CELEBRATE! 2013, a celebration of achievements in academics and the arts.

Lumen Scholar finds inspiration from family in research project

Elon University senior Erica Schenhals has researched the effect oxytocin has on immune cells and breast cancer cells.

Lumen Scholar’s gaming app promotes STEM concepts

Thomas Price ‘13 developed a mobile application for middle and high school students to create their own video games using math and science principles.

Religious Studies faculty and students participate in SECSOR conference

Five faculty members from the Department of Religious Studies and five undergraduate students participated in the recent Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion conference in Greenville, S.C.

Brett Evans '13 receives undergraduate paper award
Brett Evans ‘13 was recently awarded ASIANetwork’s Marianna McJimsey Award, which recognizes the best undergraduate paper focused on Asia.
Chemistry students honored for research presentations
Rachel Wilson, Kelsey Van Dalfsen and Cecilia Smith were recognized at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemistry Society.
Lumen Scholar studies masculinity in Jane Austen novels
Sarah Lentz '13 researches what it meant to be a man in the Regency era of British history by examining popular fictional characters.
2012 President's Report details scholarship at Elon
President Leo M. Lambert shares stories about Elon's community of engaged scholars in his annual report.
SOURCE program highlights undergraduate research
Students who undertook research with Elon faculty mentors over the summer formally presented their work in a new program on Sept. 14.
Ben Evans named A.L. Hook Professor
An assistant professor of physics, Ben Evans will use the professorship to deepen the scholarly experience of his undergraduate researchers.
Elon helps teen athletes monitor for concussions
Faculty & students are working with a Burlington high school football team to assess when players have recovered from head injuries.
SURE scholars share fruits of summer research
The Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences program offers top students stipends to work closely for eight weeks with Elon faculty.
Elon Academy students meet with undergraduate researchers
Introducing scholars in the college access program to current Elon students can teach high school students about career and academic opportunities.
Kim Epting and students present at international conference
Jamie Albright '13 co-presents at HIV/AIDS conference for social workers
The rising Elon University senior co-wrote an abstract with Professor Cindy Fair and with a social worker from Georgetown University Medical Center.
Lumen Scholar measures impact of Prozac on aquatic life
Elon senior Lauren Stranahan researched the effects on zebrafish of drugs that make their way into natural water supplies.
Junior receives award named in memory of advocate for disabled
Jamie Albright, who is researching teenagers born with HIV, was honored with the Thomas Barnett “Breaking Down Barriers” Scholarship.
CELEBRATE! profile: James Dolphin '12
An international studies & political science double major analyzed arguments U.S. officials make against joining the International Criminal Court.
SURF 2012 celebrates student & faculty research
Elon’s annual Spring Undergraduate Research Forum highlights some of the best recent scholarship by university students and professors.
CELEBRATE! Profile: Jillian Weiss '12
An Elon University senior studying creative writing fuses 'magical realism' with nonfiction to explore themes of politics, loneliness and belonging.
CELEBRATE! Profile: Victoria Doose '12
An English and art history double major takes a second look at the meaning of Greek vases that scholars have traditionally ignored.
CELEBRATE! profile: Patrick Ma '12
A biology major on his way to graduate school to study forestry has spent nearly two years researching the Elon University Forest.
Elon honors theses now available online
Staff members in Belk Library have digitized many of the papers dating to 2007 and are continuing to add more.
Elon names 2012 Lumen Scholars
The university's top award comes with $15,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achievements.
CELEBRATE! Week runs April 22-28
Hundreds of Elon students will be involved in activities during CELEBRATE! 2012, a celebration of achievements in academics and the arts.
Lumen Scholar studies perceptions of beauty
Elon University senior Meagan Harrison is exploring the relationship between self-esteem and perceptions of beauty among Filipina women.
Kim Epting and students present at psychology conference
Mat Gendle, Megan McGrath '11 publish research on Shakti device
Lumen Scholar probes link between storytelling & literacy
Working with children in Head Start, Elon senior Lauren Deaver explores how parents and children sharing stories at home impacts reading in school.