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Why should I apply to the Newcomb Scholars program?

The Newcomb Scholars program is the only small cohort, selective honors program for Tulane undergraduate women. Each year, the Scholars admissions committee selects twenty first-year women to join a prestigious group of current and alumnae Scholars. Through uniquely designed seminars, extra-curricular activities, special opportunities to engage with faculty, and access to the extensive resources of the Newcomb College Institute, the Scholars build a vibrant, intellectual community of women leaders.

 

How would I benefit from the Scholars Program?

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

  • Develop their research and writing skills in small, uniquely designed seminars open only to other Scholars.
  • Consider how gender intersects with scholarship, leadership, and social change.
  • Think critically about gender-based inequities and strategies for addressing them.
  • Study and develop the leadership skills necessary to be an innovative and compassionate leader in the 21st Century.
  • Complete and present a yearlong independent research project in their chosen discipline.
  • Build an interdisciplinary community with other intellectually curious, motivated women.
  • Use skills developed in the program to make valuable connections with Tulane faculty and other national scholars, Newcomb alumnae, and professionals in a wide range of fields.
  • Benefit from the financial support of research and applied learning grants.
  • Form close relationships with the faculty and staff of the Newcomb College Institute.

 

 

What is a Scholars seminar like?

Each year, Newcomb Scholars take small discussion-based courses with their cohort. Designed specifically for the Scholars program, these seminars include lectures, discussions, guest speakers, projects, papers, readings, and presentations. Each seminar focuses on different subject matter – from women in higher education to writing a literature review to women leading change – to offer Scholars the opportunity to develop the analytical, research, and writing tools to build their own identities as scholars. Seminars also build on one another to prepare Scholars for their final research project, completed over the course of two semesters during their senior year.

 

How often are seminars scheduled?

Scholars take one seminar each academic year, and all seminars are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:15 am.

  • Seminar 1: History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women (spring, with service-learning option
  • Seminar 2: Seeking Knowledge: How Various Disciplines Recognize Truth (fall)
  • Seminar 3: Women Leading Change: Case Studies on Women in Organizations (fall, with service-learning option)
  • Seminar 4: Research Seminar (fall)

 

 * For more information about specific seminars, see Program Requirements

 

Will the seminars count for credit?

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

 

  • INTU 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 does not count toward credit hours needed for graduation, because Scholars will be simultaneously registered for INTU 4000 AND their Honors Thesis or Independent study course. 

 

What are the general requirements for the program?

The following are required to graduate with the Newcomb Scholars designation:

  • Successful completion of each Scholars seminar with a minimum grade of B.
  • 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 (i.e. participation in a Scholars committee, volunteering for recruitment, attendance at cohort-building events)

 

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.  

 

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. We are accommodating of atypical courses of study, like five-year degree programs. Please consult with Scholars staff if you have any concerns about meeting the specific requirements of a major and being a Newcomb Scholar.

 

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 second week of class before applying. Applications typically become available after Labor Day.

 

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

The Newcomb Scholars program values knowledge gained from multiple perspectives and modes of learning and supports study abroad by our students. However, we strongly encourage students to study abroad in the spring semester of their junior year or during a summer so they may take the third year course with their cohort. If Scholars decide to go abroad during the fall semester of their junior year or for an entire year, they may either take INTU 3000 during the summer (when offered) or opt not to enroll in the course. Scholars must complete all other seminars and will be expected to participate in the scheduled events for their cohort before and after their term abroad. 

 

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

For the first time this year, you cannot be part of the Tulane Honors program (formerly the Tulane Scholars program) and the Newcomb Scholars program. However, if you have joined the Honors program, you can still apply to the Newcomb Scholars program in September. We strongly encourage all interested undergraduate women to attend a Newcomb Scholars Info Session during the second week of classes to learn more about the program. If you are accepted to the Newcomb Scholars program and decide to join, you will need to opt out of the Tulane Honors program after completing the first Honors seminar in the fall. Please reach out to Amanda McKnight (amcknig@tulane.edu) or Jenny Irons (jirons1@tulane.edu) if you have questions about this.

 

I am not in the Honors Program. Can I still 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.

 

I am an Altman Scholar. Can I apply to Newcomb Scholars?

Unfortunately, because the requirements for each program are so numerous, students cannot 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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