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How can students benefit from being a Newcomb Scholar?

Through this program, Newcomb Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Establish research relationships with faculty and benefit from mentoring by faculty
  • Benefit from small, uniquely designed seminars to enhance their research skills and potential
  • Complete and present an independently researched project examining both the theoretical and practical implications of their field
  • Make valuable contacts with influential professionals and researchers
  • Benefit from the support of research and applied learning grants
  • Obtain practical experience through service-learning experience
  • Gain valuable insight from fellow Scholars and researchers in their field
  • Understand their roles as both scholars and leaders
  • Influence the campus community in new and positive ways
  • Recognize their responsibility as civic-minded and engaged members of the community

What is a seminar?

A seminar is similar to other classes offered in terms of times offered and credit hours (each Newcomb Scholars seminar is 3 credits). Seminars include lecture, discussion, information gathering and sharing, guest speakers, projects, papers and readings. They build on one another to prepare Scholars for their final research project which will take place in the Spring semester of their fourth year. Each Newcomb Scholar cohort will take the seminars together.


How often are seminars scheduled?

One seminar for each academic year:

  • 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
  • Seminar 2: Second Year (Fall semester)-Seeking Knowledge: How Various Disciplines Recognize Truth. Class is held on Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:15am
  • Seminar 3: Third Year (Fall semester)-Case Studies of Women in Organizations, Service-Learning Course. Class is held on Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:15am
  • Seminar 4: Fourth Year (Fall semester)-Research Seminar. Class is held on Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00-9:15am
      * For more information about specific seminar, see Program Requirements

Will the seminars count for credit?

All seminars are 3 credits and the courses were ALL designed specifically for the benefit of the Newcomb Scholars to be interdisciplinary, thus being inclusive for the women participating from all the undergraduate schools. 

NTU 1000 counts toward graduation but does not fit into the distribution requirements, so it is elective credit only. INTU 1000 includes a public-service option for graduation credit.  
 
INTU 3000 (now POLC 3003) satisfies one of the social science requirements in the distribution and the credits apply toward the 120 required for graduation. POLC 3003 may also apply to a Political Science major or minor. POLC 3003 includes a public-service option for graduation credit.  
 
The other two courses (INTU 2000 and INTU 4000) will appear on the transcript but earn no credit toward graduation. Newcomb Scholars may consult their Schools for these course to be considered for graduation.
 

What are the general requirements for the program?

Successful completion of each seminar with a minimum grade of B for each seminar.

Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 by the end of the first year and cumulative grade point average of 3.40 after the second year and until graduation.

Completion of an independent research project.

Commitment to the program as one of Scholar's main priorities.


What if I have not declared a major?

Students are not required to declare a major before applying for Newcomb Scholars. Student will have the opportunity to explore a variety of academic majors with the seminars and through developing relationships with faculty members.


Do I need past experience in research?

No.


What majors can apply?

All majors are eligible to apply.


When do I apply?

Eligible students apply in the first Fall semester at Tulane. We encourage you to attend one of our information sessions during the first week of class before applying. Applications typically become available after Labor Day.


Can I spend a semester abroad and still participate in the program?

Yes, the seminars are offered in the fall semester (sophomore to senior year). This allows students to spend the spring semester abroad. Scholars are not able to go abroad during the semester when a seminar is offered.


Can I be in both the Honors Program and Newcomb Scholars?

Yes, we work very closely with the Honors Program, and we have many Scholars who are in Honors. 


Will the seminars count for credit/honors credit?

All seminars are 3 credits. The seminars fulfill Honors credit. 


What if I am writing an honors thesis? Do I have to do two projects?

No, just one. The honors thesis fulfills the Newcomb Scholars independent research project. 


I am not in the Honors Program. Can I apply to Newcomb Scholars?

Yes, you can apply. All full-time incoming women in Newcomb-Tulane College are eligible to apply during their first Fall semester at Tulane. We have a number of Newcomb Scholars who are not in the Honors Program, and who are Newcomb Scholars. 

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