Quest Project

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Don't wait to pursue your passions. Embark on a Quest as early as your first year in Franke Honors and gain experience that will help you succeed in undergrad and beyond.


Quest is recommended for first-year, second-year, and recent transfer students. W.A. Franke Honors College students research a topic or issue of their interest with the guidance of a faculty mentor, which then culminates in a final project, paper, artifact, or recorded performance.

Your Quest Project topic or issue does not need to be related to your major. This is your chance to choose something you are genuinely passionate about.

Most Quest Projects fit into one of these categories:

  • Traditional Academic Research: Your project can include traditional forms of academic scholarship as appropriate to your chosen discipline, including lab work, an analysis of existing literature, or a shorter take on a typical academic article. 

  • Community Project: Your project can include work with a community organization or specialized population, such as a service-learning experience or advocacy work. 

  • Creative Project: Your project can include original compositions, performances, or exhibitions. 

Students receive directed research credit for their participation and monetary awards are granted to winning projects. Participants will be required to present a poster at Honors Pinnacle in the spring semester.

Sound interesting?

If you have decided that a Quest project sounds like a great opportunity for you, there are three tasks you will need to complete the semester before you intend to start your project:

  1. Narrow down your topic and begin vetting faculty members.
  2. Connect with faculty and secure a Quest mentor.
  3. Define your project with the guidance of your Quest mentor.

Make sure to add your name to the interest list so that you stay up-to-date and receive targeted support as you plan your project.

All students who intend to complete a Quest project will need to submit a Quest Proposal Form prior to starting their project. 

Quest Proposal Guide


Past Quests

Portia Cooper's Quest

Ryan Cotter's Quest

Ryan Kim's Quest

Mira Keeran's Quest

Andrew Pongratz' Quest

Want to learn more? Attend an information session!

View the Calendar of Events for a complete list of upcoming Quest info sessions. Not able to attend? You can view a presentation on Quest and Exploratory Mini-Grants here

If you have any questions about Quest, please contact the Assistant Director of Research, Creative Expression, and Professional Initiatives, Tori Nardinelli.