Inquiry Scholars

Got QuestionsAn upper-level Honors Program focusing on research or creative inquiry within your major

Why become an Inquiry Scholar?

Craft an education plan to purposefully explore a topic, question or project through a major research or creative inquiry project.  Squarely in charge of your learning, the Inquiry Scholar Honors Program enables you to follow a passion, explore across disciplines, develop expertise in a specific topic, and develop meta-learning skills as you consider how you learn best.

Strengthen your writing and research skills, while increasing your understanding of research.  In the process, you will foster relationships with faculty members and impress future employers and graduate schools.


  • curious, highly motivated self-starters, interested in crafting a unique education
  • 3.5 GPA and at least 3 remaining semesters (recommended to join Sophomore year or before)
  • attend an Information Session
  • Students may also be in the Honors Program

Course Requirements

Inquiry Scholars create a rigorous academic plan, identifying relevant courses in each of three areas:

  • Discovery learning (exposure to research)
  • Scholarly Inquiry preparation (methods and theory courses)
  • Research and Creative Inquiry Experience (capstone project such as thesis, Independent Study and/or major capstone)

Co-Curricular Requirements

Inquiry Scholars create a slate of enrichment activities as part of their Inquiry Scholar education plan and:

  • Complete a minimum of 4 enrichment activities per year including Discovery learning/exposure to research (e.g., lectures, conferences, exhibits, work as research assistant, volunteer at Creative Inquiry Day) and Scholarly Inquiry preparation (methods and theory training, e.g., library workshops, writing center workshops, conferences and lectures.)
  • Present at Creative Inquiry Day
  • Create a digital portfolio; students will discuss portfolios in a round table session.  See a sample portfolio.

You might also want to compare this to the Provost Scholars program.

How to Apply

1. Attend an Inquiry Scholar Information Session,

Spring 2020 Inquiry Scholar Information Sessions:

Thursday, February 27, 2020

12:45-2 pm in  NVC Room 6 – 170

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Virtual Info Session: Available here

Slideshow with hyperlinks: Available here

2. complete an application (Part 1), which includes essays and a resume. Begin drafting your Inquiry Scholar Educational Plan (Part 2).

3. meet with the Inquiry Scholar advisor, to discuss your Inquiry Scholar Educational Plan (Part 2).

4. Request your faculty recommender approve your plan and email a statement of approval with your plan with attachments to

Recommended reading

What the Best College Students Do, especially Ch 8 (available online from Newman Library, on how to choose faculty, engage with course material, etc.)

Sample Inquiry Scholar portfolio