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TSSP 2017 Summer Program


The Tulane Science Scholars Program gives high school students the opportunity to take college-credit courses in the summer at Tulane before high school graduation. This year's summer program includes EIGHT 3-credit courses. More information can be found about each course and the schedule by clicking the course name.

Course

Dates

CENG 1015: Principles of Chemical Engineering with Lab June 26th - July 7th (with holiday on July 4th)
CMPS 1005: Python Programming: Introduction to Computer Science July 10th - July 21st
EBIO 1231: Exploring Animal Behavior June 26th - July 7th (with holiday on July 4th)
ENGP 1005: Introduction to Electronics with Laboratory July 10th - July 21st
NSCI 1015: Basic Neuroscience with Laboratory July 10th - July 21st
PHYS 1015: Materials Science and Engineering Summer Class July 10th - July 21st
PSYC 1100: Exploring Psychology July 3rd - July 14th (with holiday on July 4th)
SCEN 1015: Computers and Musical Creativity July 10th - July 21st

Applications for the summer 2017 TSSP are now closed! Please email tssp@tulane.edu with any questions. 

These summer courses will be held on Tulane University's campus. Each course is offered for three hours of Tulane credit (may be transferable to another university) and has a $1500 fee, which is due upon acceptance into the program. Need-based tuition waivers are available through the generosity of the Bruce J. Heim Foundation and anonymous donors, for which a separate additional application is required and will be sent if you indicate interest on your application.

The Bruce J. Heim Foundation

The TSSP program is a residential program and students will have the option to live on campus in a dormitory for an additional fee.  For the students that opt to live on-campus, there are some scheduled activities, which are included in the cost of living on campus. But, since students are taking rigorous college-level courses, we do not over-schedule activities to provide the students with ample free time to read and study. More details on housing can be found here.

Refund policy on TSSP tuition and housing: with 3 weeks notice - 100% refund, with 2 weeks notice - 50% refund, 1 week notice - 25% refund, and less than a week - no refund. If you have any questions regarding the refund policy, please contact tssp@tulane.edu.

CENG 1015: Principles of Chemical Engineering with Lab

Instructor: Dr. Katie Russell

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

This summer session will introduce students to the basic concepts and calculations in the field of chemical engineering. Through lectures and readings, students will gain a strong understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals. Students will also work in small groups on labs designed to strengthen understanding and gain “hands-on” experience. Modern techniques and exposure to real-world applications will be emphasized. Lectures are by Tulane faculty, and Tulane faculty members and graduate students will supervise laboratory activities.

Students will:

  • Gain an understanding of introductory concepts of chemical engineering including common units of measurement, analytical instruments, equations of state, and material balances.
  • Learn how to model a simple process using Aspen HYSYS.
  • Experiment with multiphase equilibrium.
  • Explore common industrial separation processes and visit the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board.
  • Analyze carbon dioxide transfer in an absorption column.
  • Learn basic biotechnology techniques and preform a bacterial transformation.
  • Study the chemical engineer’s role in energy production and visit the Tulane Power Plant.

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday June 26th through Friday July 7th (holiday on Tuesday July 4th - will be made up on Saturday July 1st), with lecture from 10:00-11:30am and lab from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have a break between lecture and lab sessions.  Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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CMPS 1005: Python Programming: Introduction to Computer Science

Instructor: Dr. Anastasia Kurdia

Department of Computer Science

This summer session is an introductory course on computer programming, in which the students design, implement, test and debug programs for computational problems using Python programming language. This course emphasizes program design process, object-oriented software development approach, and practical programming skills that translate to programming in other modern languages. Assignments include practical problems drawn from various fields (such as biology, linguistics, graphics, and games).

Computational tools are a critical part of our everyday lives. Software is the driving force behind cutting edge scientific discovery, blockbuster entertainment, and today's fast‐paced marketplace ‐ and will continue to become even more important. For instance, big tech companies such as Intel aspire to create technology that will enrich life of every person on earth, in the nearest decade. This course is an introduction to techniques and problem‐solving approaches that are used to develop some of these computational tools. Students will use Python programming language to learn basic programming principles, such as:

  • representing and manipulating data of different types;
  • iteration, conditional execution;
  • modular program design using functions;
  • object‐oriented programming;
  • writing elegant self‐documenting code and testing its proper operation.

The emphasis will be on concepts that are applicable to programming in most programming languages, not just Python, and on solving problems from different application areas. Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to design, implement and test computational solutions to problems:

  • Break a computational problem into manageable subproblems.
  • Write an algorithm to solve a specific problem, and then translate that algorithm into a program in Python.
  • Write clear, concise documentation for their code and develop tests to verify proper program operation.

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday July 10th through Friday July 21st, with lecture/laboratories from 10:00-11:30am and from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have time for lunch between sessions. Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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EBIO 1231: Exploring Animal Behavior

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Derryberry

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

This summer session will provide an introduction to the field of animal behavior using an evolutionary approach. Through the lectures, videos, and readings in this course students will experience and cultivate an appreciation for the diversity of life and behavior. We will investigate proximate and ultimate causes of behavior, and internal and social mechanisms of behavior, at cellular to environmental scales. Students will also work in small groups and independently to conduct behavioral observations, prepare an ethogram at the Audubon Zoo and complete an independent assignment generated from their observations. In this way, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice techniques for observing organisms and to gain an introduction to the first steps of the scientific method. The course emphasizes a practical understanding of animal behavior and will focus on developing the skills needed for upper-level college courses in EBIO. Lectures are by Tulane faculty, and Tulane faculty members and graduate students will supervise laboratory activities. We will ask the following types of questions:


  • Why is altruistic behavior a Darwinian puzzle?
  • How do neurons control behavior?
  • Why do some bees dance?
  • What is an adaptation?
  • Is nature or nurture more important in the development of behavior?
  • Why are women from Venus and men from Mars?
  • Why is male monogamy more common in birds than in mammals?

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday June 26th through Friday July 7th (holiday on Tuesday July 4th - will be made up on Saturday July 1st), with case studies and zoo assignment from 10:00am-11:30am and lecture from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have time for lunch between sessions. Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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ENGP 1005: Introduction to Electronics

Instructor: Dr. Timothy Schuler

Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

This course is intended to provide an understanding of the basic principles of electronics, including the design and application of electronic projects to real-world objectives, focusing on practical application and a “hands-on” lab approach to electronics.  We will begin with the fundamentals of electricity and electrical circuits before moving on to learn the behavior of many of the various electronic components that are available.  Students will learn to design and build their own circuits, including soldering components to build a working device and drawing their own schematics to communicate their ideas with others.

We will also explore the concept of programmable circuits, where a circuit can be designed and then programmed via computer to make measurements or perform specific tasks.  Using the Arduino framework, students will learn to use sensors and basic computer programming to measure and interact with the physical world around us using electronics.

All tools, components, and texts will be provided through the course, and students will receive their own Arduino starter kit to continue their projects after the course has ended.

Students will:

  • Create basic electronic devices to accomplish prescribed tasks.
  • Program and utilize microcontrollers in devices and experiments.
  • Design their own devices and enclosures to make use of microcontroller devices in applications.

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday July 10th through Friday July 21st, with lecture from 10:00-11:30am and laboratory from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have time for lunch between lecture and lab sessions. Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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NSCI 1015: Basic Neuroscience with Laboratory --- FULL FOR SUMMER 2017

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Hebert

Neuroscience Program, Department of Psychology

This summer session will focus on the field of Neuroscience, which is the study of the brain. Neuroscientists study everything from the electrical activity of individual brain cells to the behavior of animals and people. TSSP students will have the opportunity to learn from the same techniques and equipment that Tulane neuroscientists use in their own research. Lectures are by Tulane faculty and laboratory activities will be supervised by Tulane faculty members and graduate students.  The activities will include the following:


  • PowerPoint college lecture presentations.
  • Learn basic brain anatomy by studying actual human brain specimens.
  • Learn how to test the effects of drugs on the behavior of rats.
  • Learn how to prepare brain tissue for study under a microscope.
  • Learn how to measure human brain waves.
  • Learn how to interpret data through statistical analysis.
  • Learn how to write in the style of science.

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday July 10th through Friday July 21st, with lecture from 10:00-11:30am and laboratory from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have time for lunch between lecture and lab sessions. Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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PHYS 1015: Materials Science and Engineering Summer Class

Instructors: Dr. Zhiqiang Mao, Dr. Lev Kaplan, Dr. Douglas Chrisey, Dr. Diyar Talbayev, Dr. Jiang Wei, and Dr. Matthew Escarra

Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

This summer session will focus on the field of Materials, which is an interdisciplinary field applying the properties of matter to various areas of science and engineering. This two-week (ten-day) course is intended for high school students who wish to explore and stimulate their interest in the materials sciences and engineering. The course consists of rotations between six materials science research laboratories in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics. Each rotation combines lectures with hands-on laboratory activities to excite and introduce students to contemporary methods and issues in superconductivity, optics and lasers, biomaterials, nanomaterials, nanotechnology, and energy harvesting materials and technologies. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating basic principles and hands-on student involvement. Laboratory activities will be supervised by Tulane faculty members and graduate students. Students will:


  • Explore how superconductivity is involved in real world applications, such as magnetic levitation, increased computer speed, and reduced energy consumption.
  • Be introduced to the unique properties of nanomaterials as well as the methods for nanofabrication.
  • Be introduced to contemporary methods of biomaterials engineering for disparate topics ranging from stem cells and regenerative medicine to cancer therapy.
  • Gain an understanding of how the laser works, explore the uniqueness of laser light, and understand how the laser light inspires important new methods in materials processing and studying matter.
  • Explore the interaction between materials and light for harvesting the sun’s energy.

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday July 10th through Friday July 21st, with lecture from 10:00-11:30am and laboratory from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have time for lunch between lecture and lab sessions. Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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PSYC 1100: Exploring Psychology --- FULL FOR SUMMER 2017

Instructor: Dr. Carrie Wyland

Department of Psychology


This summer session will focus on the field of Psychology, covering topics from the nervous system and the brain, to learning and memory, to disorders and treatment, to social psychology.  It will involve both a lecture component as well as a hands-on laboratory component in which students will experience demonstrations and engage in activities to observe the concepts in action.  For students who pass this course with a B or higher and choose to enroll at Tulane University, the Psychology Department will substitute this class for Introductory Psychology (PSYC 1000). Lectures are by Tulane faculty and laboratory activities will be supervised by Tulane faculty members and graduate students.  The activities will include the following:

  • Learn to read, write, and think like a psychologist.
  • Learn how psychologists ask their research questions.
  • Examine real human brain specimens.
  • Understand why we sleep and what dreams are for.
  • See childhood development in action.
  • Understand why we get “tricked” by visual illusions.
  • Learn methods of stress reduction.
  • Understand how we treat psychological disorders.
  • Examine how prejudice plays out in the courtroom.

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday July 3rd through Friday July 14th (holiday on Tuesday July 4th - will be made up on Saturday July 8th), with lecture from 10:00-11:30am and laboratory from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have time for lunch between lecture and lab sessions. Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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SCEN 1015: Computers and Musical Creativity

Instructor: Dr. Richard Snow

Department of Music and School of Science and Engineering

This course is intended for young composers and students interested in exploring the use of computers in the creation of music. The course introduces an array of tools, techniques, and motivations associated with Contemporary Computer Music Composition. Students will gain familiarity with the Digital Music Studio and Audio Workstation environments as they prepare frequent short composition assignments. In addition, students will attend and discuss a daily concert presenting recent and historical works of Computer Music.The course culminates in an informal concert of the students' works presented in surround sound on an 8.2 channel system.

Compositional paradigms to be explored in the course include:

  • MIDI Arranging
  • Sampling and Audio Editing
  • Fixed Media Composition
  • Interactive Music Composition
  • Process Music
  • Algorithmic Composition
  • Sound Spatialization
  • Sonification Techniques
  • Computer Programming and Music Composition

The course also covers basic sound synthesis techniques including: FM synthesis, ring modulation, granular synthesis, additive and subtractive synthesis. Software used during the course includes Logic or Reaper, Audacity, Adobe Audition, Pure Data as well as many plug-ins.

This 2-week summer program will be held on Tulane University's campus on Monday July 10th through Friday July 21st, with lecture from 10:00-11:30m and laboratory from 1:00-3:30pm. Students will have time for lunch between lecture and lab sessions. Sample calendar (from Summer 2016) can be found here.

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