One of the biggest benefits of being an honors student at a Tier I research institution is the ability to participate in the innovative research happening daily.

W. A. Franke Honors College students contribute directly to this research by joining existing projects and even undertaking their own. From the very first year, you can conduct a self-directed research experience through participation in a First Year Project.  In addition, Spirit of Inquiry Research Grants give you the opportunity to support research during the summer.

You may also tap into the myriad of research projects happening across departments and colleges on campus. It is common for faculty members to reach out to the Franke Honors College for talent because they are eager to have honors students as research assistants.


“If I was not in the Honors College, I would most likely not be doing research in my second semester of college.”

Marissa, Bioinformatics


First Year Project

Your First Year Project is an opportunity to collaborate with a faculty member on a research project and present the results of your work.

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Spirit of Inquiry

These W. A. Franke Honors College grants fund student research projects conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

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Fund Your Research

Take a look at the scholarships that help students complete amazing research, as well more funding opportunities that enhance the W. A. Franke Honors College experience.

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  • Top 25 public research university, according to the National Science Foundation.
  • $687M total research expenditures.
  • No. 5 in NASA funding among all universities.
  • Member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada.