Fifteen rising juniors at Elon University have been named recipients of the 2012 Lumen Prize, the university's premier award that comes with a $15,000 scholarship to support and celebrate their academic achievements and research proposals.

Alexander Bruch, of New Canaan, is one of the recipients.

Lumen scholars will work closely with their mentors over the next two years to pursue and complete their projects.

Efforts will include course work, study abroad, research both on campus and abroad, as well as during the regular academic year and summers, internships locally and abroad, program development, and creative productions and performances.

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The name for the prize comes from Elon's historic motto, "Numen Lumen," which is Latin for "spiritual light" and "intellectual light." The words are found on the Elon University seal, and signify the highest purposes of an Elon education.

In addition to the Lumen Prize, Bruch was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most

selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines and won a prestigious summer research grant at the University of Virginia.

He is finishing his sophomore year at the North Carolina university, where he majors in organic chemistry and biology.

He has a 4.0 in all semesters, is an Elon Presidential Scholar, Elon College Fellow and member of both the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the American Chemical Society.