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First-year women who are full-time students in Newcomb-Tulane Undergraduate College are eligible to apply to the Newcomb Scholars program during their first Fall semester at Tulane University.


All Newcomb Scholars are expected to enroll in four Newcomb Scholars seminars and earn at least a B in each one. Each seminar is designed to provide Scholars with information and experience to prepare them for the independent research project. The seminars are also meant to create a strong community of Scholars for them to learn from one another, support one another, and build confidence in the academic setting.

Seminar 1: First Year (Spring semester) - History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women

Class is held on Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:15am

This course examines the social and political history of higher education with special emphasis on the transformation of women and the college landscape from the early 20th century to present day. Using historical and literary frameworks to generate, address, and answer questions about college women today, this course will provide Newcomb Scholars with an opportunity to examine the social and political culture of various decades and its influence on college culture, women's colleges and women in college, and narratives about college life. This course includes a public service option of working with high school students interested in attending college.

Seminar 2: Second Year (Fall semester) - Seeking Knowledge: How Various Disciplines Recognize Truth

Class is held on Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:15am

This course will examine questions around the central theme, how do researchers in a particular discipline know when they have reached a conclusion, as a means to understand various academic disciplines' perspectives and methods of research. Newcomb Scholars will begin to develop ideas about the direction of research and make connections with faculty.

Seminar 3: Third Year- Case Studies of Women in Organizations, Service-Learning Course

Class is held on Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:15am

This course engages students in considering the real-world dilemmas of women working in organization to bring about social change.  The course will also teach how to write and evaluate the usefulness of cases; each student will write a case linked to their field of study.  The service-learning option will enable Newcomb Scholars to obtain practical experience and provide service to the community, and fulfill the second tier public service graduation requirement.

Seminar 4: Fourth Year (Fall semester) - Research Seminar

Class is held on Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:15am

This course functions as a writing workshop for the two-semester independent research project, and provides Scholars with support from the professor and from one another to complete their independent research projects and be prepared to present it at a campus conference in the Spring semester.

Two-Semester Independent Research Project

As part of the program, each Newcomb Scholar is expected to successfully complete a two-semester independent research project. Each Scholar is also expected to understand the work that has already been done in her field and find a place for her research in that body of knowledge (through a literature review). From there, Scholars will plan, design, and conduct/execute a quality research project that will add to the body of research in some way. Developing strong research skills is an important part of the Newcomb Scholars program, and the Scholars have the opportunity to drive this research agenda.

**Note: The Honors thesis fulfills the Newcomb Scholars Two-Semester Independent Research Project requirement.

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