Program Overview

Year One immerses students in the arts and sciences traditions.

  • Participate in an Elon College Fellows (e.g., ECF) Elon 101 course that articulates the value of an arts and sciences education as experienced at Elon University and especially in a 4-year Core Curriculum.
  • Expand your understanding of “The Global Experience” in an ECF-affiliated section of COR 110.
  • Contribute in colloquia that establish the value of the arts and sciences, as well as emphasize disciplinary exchange and collaborations that keeps them innovative.
  • Investigate how one asks good questions in a team-taught winter term course, one week of which is spent in Washington, DC. This course develops modes of critical inquiry in at least two of the three branches of ECF.

Year Two transitions to focused study in one of three ECF branches—the Arts & Humanities, Mathematical & Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences. The culmination of this year’s work experience is finding a faculty mentor with expertise in the fellow’s chosen major field of study.

  • Participate in a second-year seminar designed to focus one’s intellectual engagement within the disciplines of one of the three ECF branches, facilitate finding a mentor, and develop collegiality and intellectual exchange across majors.
  • As a part of the seminar in the fall, explore disciplinary expertise and faculty research programs in the departments within the branches. In the spring, work with a faculty mentor to develop a preliminary research question.

Year Three supports the development of a research proposal with a mentor and in conversation with peers.

  • Begin independent research hours (ECF 499) with a faculty mentor in your primary major. Over four semesters, develop a research investigation or creative project that makes an original contribution to the arts and sciences.
  • Participate in a third-year seminar designed to support the development of a scholarly project with a particular focus on learning to communicate disciplinary research to varied audiences.
  • Participate in a poster session that introduces Elon College Fellows projects to the greater Elon community.

Year Four deepens the research experience and culminates in a public presentation of the project.

  • Work with a mentor to complete a high quality, intellectual and discipline-specific project and to reflect on key learning outcomes related to the experience of producing original scholarship.
  • Present work in a public forum. Opportunities include the on-campus Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), along with regional, national and international conferences.