Brief Description of the Lumen Prize

The Lumen Prize assists Elon University students in the attainment of ambitious and serious intellectual goals during their junior and senior years. Awards may be used for scholarship assistance, research assistance, international study, equipment and supplies, summer stipends, and other approved expenses. Winners of the Lumen Prize receive special mentoring and support in pursuit of graduate fellowships and international awards such as the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, and Rotary scholarships. The work of Lumen Prize winners will be publicly celebrated as representing the very best achievements of Elon University undergraduates.

Eligibility

• candidates must be completing their second year at Elon
• demonstrate a commitment to pursuing at least two additional academic years of study as Elon students
• those planning on attending graduate or professional school are strongly encouraged
• candidates must demonstrate a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher

Selection Criteria

The committee will select Lumen Prize winners based on the following criteria:
• Intellectual inquiry and integration

* a set of goals that are clear, focused, and scholarly
* a set of proposed activities/experiences that cumulatively support the applicant’s goals
* a balance between diversity of experiences and depth of engagement that supports an exceptional undergraduate experience

* plan of study sets this apart from what might be considered a more “traditional” path [e.g., cutting across multiple disciplines, innovative within a particular discipline or program, or bridging traditional modes of academic inquiry with experiences outside the academy]

• Intellectual curiosity and reflection

* applicant conveys an intrinsic and impassioned engagement with proposed area of inquiry and expression, and an active openness to discovery and reflection

For More Information

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

News

Elon names 2015 Lumen Scholars

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

Rhythms of Cuba inspire Lumen Scholar performance

Elon senior Nicole Payne Mota, whose Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage are reflected in her musical passion and scholarly work, led a Yeager Recital Hall concert on April 24 supported by the university's top prize for undergraduate research and creative achievement.

Elon senior awarded Fulbright to teach English in France

Omolayo Ojo, an international studies major and Honors Fellow from Maryland, will spend a year in Europe before pursuing graduate studies in immigration law, migration and development.

Physics major receives national scholarship

Elon University junior Helen Meskhidze received a scholarship through the national Society of Physics Students.

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.