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 2014 Scholars

The 2015 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


Lumen Scholar uses smart tech to craft smart solutions that change lives

Beth Lester '17 is among the recipients of the Lumen Prize, which provides selected students with a $15,000 scholarship and celebrates their academic and creative accomplishments. 

Lumen Scholar finds focus on 'feeling good' may be the best exercise prescription

Nicole Doolen '17 is among the recipients of the Lumen Prize, which provides selected students with a $15,000 scholarship to support and celebrates their academic and creative achievements.

Elon math department has strong showing at MathFest, with Lumen scholar taking home award

Peter Jakes '17, Professor Jeff Clark, Assistant Professor Aaron Trocki, and A.L. Hook Associate Professor Chad Awtrey gave presentations at MathFest in Columbus, OH, on Aug. 3-6, 2016.

Elon names 2016 Lumen Scholars 

The university’s top award for undergraduate scholars comes with $15,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achievements. 

Challenging traditional diversity discourse in higher education 

Elon senior Claire Lockard used the Lumen Prize, the university’s top award for undergraduate research and creative achievement, to reconceptualize what is meant by "identity" and reimagine the possibilities for diversity on college campuses.

Exposing pre-Olympic human rights abuses in Rio de Janeiro

Elon University Lumen Scholar Michelle Alfini visited Rio de Janeiro to analyze the media’s lacking coverage of human rights violations prior to this year’s Olympic Games and fill the void in coverage through her website, RightingRio.com.