Tulane University will award academic credit for research experiences through Independent Study courses. Every department has its own course number and procedures for seeking approval to take an Independent Study course. Nevertheless, here are some general guidelines.
You should start working on this the semester before you wish to enroll in the Independent Study course.
One way you can get academic credit is to seek out a research position in a lab or to be recruited as a research assistant in a faculty research project. Often you are one member of a research team working in a laboratory or field environment. This is common in the sciences, engineering and medicine, but faculty in any field could be working on a research project which would benefit with some student help. Your professor will set up the course and tell you the course number you will use, when to register, grading policies, etc.
Another model, perhaps more common in the humanities, arts or social sciences (and the Honors program) is for you (the student) to propose a research project.
Some Resources are available to students from the Center for Public Service:
Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-7698 firstname.lastname@example.org