Fellows engage in inquiry with a faculty mentor that involves an investigation of a problem or question related to their education interests.  This project helps Fellows develop research, thinking, learning, and reflection skills that can benefit them throughout their careers in education. Fellows submit a proposal for their inquiry project during fall of sophomore year and showcase findings in spring of junior year. Other opportunities for presentation include professional conferences, Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) and Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE).

Fellows are highly encouraged to apply for the Lumen Prize during spring of sophomore year. The Lumen Prize provides $20,000 of support for the undergraduate research process.