The university's top undergraduate research award comes with $20,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achivements.
Fifteen rising juniors at Elon have been named recipients of the 2019 Lumen Prize, the university’s premier award that comes with a $20,000 scholarship to support and celebrate their academic achievements and research proposals.
Lumen Scholars will work closely with their mentors over the next two years to pursue and complete their projects. Efforts traditionally include coursework, study abroad, research both on and off campus, internships locally and overseas, program development, and creative productions and performances.
The name for the Lumen Prize comes from Elon's historic motto, "Numen Lumen," which are Latin words meaning "spiritual light" and "intellectual light." The words, which are found on the Elon University seal, signify the highest purposes of an Elon education.
The 2019 Lumen Prize Winners
Public Health Studies, International and Global Studies
Project title: "Transferring Knowledge into Action: Examining the Impact of a Rural-Indian Adolescent Girls Program at the Individual, Familial, and Community Level"
Mentor: Amanda Tapler
Project title: "From Risky Play to Caring for Nature: Searching for Situated Decoding of Gender in Forest Schools"
Mentor: Scott Morrison
Theatrical Design & Technology, Communication Design
Project title: "Integrating Social Media into Theatrical Storytelling through Projection Design to Cultivate Productive Conversations about Confederate Memorials"
Mentor: Susanne Shawyer
Project title: "The Gut Microbiome and its Influence on Hormones and Fertility"
Mentor: Jennifer Uno
Dance Performance & Choreography, Arts Administration
Project title: "Cuerpo Talk: The Memoir of a Gringita"
Mentor: Renay Aumiller
Project title: "Female Identity and Intersectionality in Contemporary Speculative Fiction"
Mentor: Megan Isaac
Anthropology, International and Global Studies
Project title: "Narratives of Religion and Politics in Forced Migration: The Impact of Lebanon’s Sectarianism on Syrian Refugees"
Mentor: Damion Blake
Project title: "Assessing the Release and Transformation of Metallic Additives from Consumer Plastics"
Mentor: Justin Clar
Special Education (elementary)
Project title: "Awareness of Procedures and Preparing for a Potential School Crisis in Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms"
Mentor: Julie Justice
Project title: "Evaluating the Default Mode Network in Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease: An fMRI Project"
Mentor: Amy Overman
Project title: "An Investigation into the Cellular Response created by FOLFIRINOX in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma"
Mentor: Victoria Moore
Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Project title: "Rewriting Prevention: A Rhetorical Study of Online Sexual Assault Prevention Courses on College Campuses"
Mentor: Jessie Moore
Project title: "Investigating the Effect of Changing the Growth Conditions (pH and Salt Concentration) on the HER2 Pathway in Gastric Cancer Cells"
Mentor: Yuko Miyamoto
Project title: "The behavioral determinants of metabolic syndrome risk factor development during the college transition"
Mentor: Simon Higgins
Mary Alice Waddell
Project title: "'Threaten our Existence. Expect our Resistance:' Native American Narratives and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis, 2016-2018"
Mentor: Laura Roselle