Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Research & Scholarship


There are endless reasons why you should make the most of the research and scholarship opportunities available to you at LR.

You'll gain invaluable experience and mentorship opportunities with our expert faculty, build up your resume, gain leadership experience, get opportunities to study abroad, prepare for graduate or professional studies and network with prospective employers.

Undergraduate Research


Undergraduate research is a critical part of the LR student learning experience. Opportunities for you to create and present independent work are plentiful and are key components in practically every academic program.

All LR undergraduates complete in their core curriculum the “Level II” course sequence as part of general education requirements. In these upper-division generalist courses, you select research topics, produce your work and, ultimately, complete your capstone requirement by means of a public presentation to the campus on your findings. In this regard, LR is among the very few colleges and universities that provide such attention to research and public presentation for all undergraduate students.

Many LR students also complete research presentations off-campus through state-wide, regional and/or national conferences. For example, each year, students in the natural sciences who are completing their senior research projects may present at the North Carolina Academy of Sciences Conference.

Similar opportunities exist for students in diverse programs such as mathematics and computer science, psychology, history and the health sciences. Many opportunities exist for creative expression in fine arts programs like music, art and theatre, where students showcase their talents in public settings.

Olivia Nunn

I am attending Vanderbilt University to pursue a Ph.D. in biological research. That would never have happened without my professors’ influence and the involvement I had here on campus at LR.

Olivia Nunn '21, Biology

Opportunities for Every Student


If you're looking for a way to enrich your education and expand your knowledge, explore the variety of research and scholarship opportunities available to LR students.

  • Broyhill Institute for Leadership

    Students in good academic standing who are interested in leadership are identified and invited to join the Broyhill Institute for Leadership.

    If invited, you'll gain access to formal leadership positions in student organizations and global experiences to help further develop your leadership skills.

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  • Engaged Scholars Program

    The Engaged Scholars Program encourages and supports student participation in academic development, active learning and leadership development.

    As an Engaged Scholar, you will be recognized for completing a series of curricular and co-curricular experiences that expand your educational foundation and connect their experiences to future goals. You may also gain access to a $2,000 per year ($1,000 per semester) scholarship.

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  • Honors Academy

    The Lenoir-Rhyne Honors Academy encourages highly motivated students to reach their full potential.

    As a student in the Academy, you will be put into specialized classes with their intellectual peers and Lenoir-Rhyne's finest professors to encourage further academic and personal growth.

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  • Lineberger Fellows

    The Lineberger Fellows program is designed to recognize, support and celebrate the many achievements of highly motivated and talented Lenoir-Rhyne University students.

    The program accomplishes this by preparing Lineberger Fellows to become more competitive applicants for post-graduate fellowships, awards and exceptional employment opportunities. 

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  • Nursing Scholars

    Nursing Scholars is a four-year program. Students are eligible to apply during the senior year of high school. The program aims to enhance the undergraduate experience of LR's high-performing students with an interest in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Throughout the program, you will receive personalized academic support, enrichment opportunities, and a learning community with other top-academic pre-nursing students. Additionally, students admitted to the program earn conditional admission into the School of Nursing directly out of high school.

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  • Teaching Scholars

    Teaching Scholars are placed in Hickory-area school districts throughout programs of study where you serve as tutors, small group leaders and instructional assistants.

    Students who receive Teaching Scholar scholarships are required to participate in ongoing professional development activities in addition to standard university academic requirements.

    Exceptional academic, professional and service-related performance is required in order to remain in the program. All scholars maintain residency on campus throughout their programs of study.

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