Students configuring lasers in a research lab


One of the biggest benefits of being a Franke Honors student at a Tier I research institution is access to innovative research early in your undergraduate career.

W. A. Franke Honors College students contribute directly to 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 Quest Project.  In addition, Spirit of Inquiry Research Grants give you the opportunity to support your research goals.

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

Quest Project

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


Spirit of Inquiry

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


Fund Your Research

Take a look at scholarships and other funding opportunities that enhance the W. A. Franke Honors College experience.


Research Resources

Learn more about working with human subjects, Honors Thesis-specific funding, and other ways to find support. 


  • 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.