The Lumen Prize supports a two-year intellectual journey over the course of the junior and senior years.  As with any journey, there are stages along the way -- each one with new discoveries and each with its unique blend of successes, frustrations, and new resolve.   This page will help you keep up with the most recent stage in the journeys of our Lumen Scholars.  Highlights from the most recent semester's activities and accomplishments are posted.  In addition, some of the scholars have also created blogs, photo archives, video, and other means of documenting their journey.  When available, you'll find links to those under each student's name and update.

We hope you'll enjoy keeping up with the Lumen Scholars as they continue along on some truly exciting and remarkable journeys!

The 2013 Scholars

The 2012 Scholars


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Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703


Elon senior awarded UK Fulbright to research political communication

Mary Rouse, a political science major from Charlotte, North Carolina, will study strategic narratives next year at Royal Holloway, University of London, as she works toward a graduate degree in media, power and public affairs. 

Lumen Scholar recognized for research at national conference 

Elon University senior Taylor Davis traveled to Boston in March 2015 to present her research at a national biochemistry conference. The Honors Fellow received a student travel award and was recognized in the undergraduate poster competition.

Students and faculty participate in physics conference

Elon Lumen Scholar Helen Meskhidze '16 and Associate Professor Anthony Crider each presented at a regional meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers at Wake Forest University from March 27-28.

Lumen Scholar sheds light on impacts of microfinance

Research by Elon University senior Kate Smith-Lin finds that citizens of Indonesia don’t necessarily save more money after a bank opens in rural areas, but they do change the way they save, making it easier to protect their families in times of crisis.

Lumen Scholar's work gives voice to African immigrants

Elon University’s top prize for undergraduate research and creative achievement assisted senior Omolayo Ojo in her efforts to share why people from Senegal move to the United States, and what effect those moves have on families left behind.

Elon senior uses Lumen Prize to write first novel

Brianna Duff used the university's top award for undergraduate research and creative achievement to combine her love of physics and writing into a story driven by scientific principles.