Spirit of Inquiry

Researchers fiddling with complex machinery


The W. A. Franke Honors College provides grants to help you pursue research projects of your own design under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Are you interested in money to fund a research project you can undertake in the summer of 2023 or beyond? Would you like some additional funding to support your thesis/capstone? Check out the Spirit of Inquiry Research Grant Program.

Grants are awarded up to a maximum of $1,500. A committee comprised of students, faculty and community members select the award-winning proposals. All Spirit of Inquiry Research Grant recipients present their work at Honors Pinnacle in the spring semester following their award.

Applications are welcome from any Franke Honors student, and projects can span any discipline, from sciences and engineering to business and fine arts. You will need to identify a faculty mentor to oversee your project, working with that person to refine your ideas for research you could complete over the course of the summer OR within the 2023-2024 academic year. Apply through Scholarship Universe. Applications open February 2023. 

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



Life-Cycle Assessment of Tomato Soup

Ari Auerbach, Chemical Engineering, Junior; Cali Squire, Chemical Engineering, Senior; Matthew Fry, Chemical Engineering, Senior; Solomon Figueroa, Chemical Engineering, Senior


Not Your Average Cup of Joe: Producing Biodiesel from Recycled Coffee Grounds

Alexandra Downs, Biosystems Engineering, Junior


Kathy Acker and NYC Punk: How Experimentation Redefined Feminism

Rachel Goldschmid, English Literature, Senior


Automated Image Comparison Using Machine Learning Techniques

Travis Sawyer, Optical Sciences and Engineering, Junior


Examining the Biocompatibility of New Nanostructured Heart Patches

Nicolas Schott, Biomedical Engineering, Junior