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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
  • Study and develop the leadership skills necessary to be a dynamic and innovative leader in the 21st Century
  • 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 and outside of 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 is done over the course of two semesters of their last 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 2000 counts toward graduation but does not fit into the distribution requirements, so it is elective credit only. 
INTU 3000/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.  
INTU 4000 will appear on the transcript but earn no credit toward graduation since all Newcomb Scholars will be registered for INTU 4000 AND their Honors Thesis or Independent study course. 

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 a two semester 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?


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. As the Newcomb Scholars Program values knowledge gained from multiple perspectives and modes of learning, we support study abroad by our students. If you are abroad during a semester that INTU 3000 is taught during the third or junior year, then you do not need to enroll in INTU 3000. You will need to complete all other seminars and you will be expected to participate in the scheduled events for your cohort before and after your term abroad. 

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 have taken Honors level courses in their department or the colloquia. However, students cannot be in the Newcomb Scholars program as well as the Tulane Scholars Program. See more information below.

Will the seminars count for credit?

All seminars are 3 credits and all but the 4th seminar count toward graduation requirements. 

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

No, just one. The two-semester honors thesis fulfills the Newcomb Scholars independent research project requirement and we encourage Newcomb Scholars to consider completing the Honors Thesis in their department.  

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. 


I am an Altman Scholar or considering applying to the Tulane Scholars Program. Can I apply to Newcomb Scholars?

Unfortunately, because the requirements for each program are so numerous, it is not possible for students to participate in more than one of these programs. Please review the mission and goals of each program prior to the application process to decide which one might be the best fit for your academic goals and interests. We strongly encourage all interested students to attend a Newcomb Scholars Info Session to learn more about the program before applying. 

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