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Honors Summer Research Program

Overview:

The Honors Summer Research Program is an opportunity for students to work with a Tulane professor on a scholarly project for six weeks during the summer. First-year, sophomore, and junior Honors students in ALL schools are welcome to apply, and it is open to students who have no research experience or who already have some experience with research. Funding includes housing and a stipend so that students can focus on this enhanced academic experience. The program supports six weeks of research on the Tulane campus, supervised by a Tulane faculty member. 

Eligibility:  First-year, sophomore, and junior Honors students are eligible to apply.  No previous research experience is required.

Fields of Study:   All

Commitment:  35 hours per week for six weeks. Start/end dates are negotiable between June 1st and August 1st.

Support to Students:  Housing in a university residence hall for six weeks and additional support for living expenses of $200 per week ($1200 total). If students are living off campus, then the equivalent amount of the cost of on-campus housing (up to $1000) plus the stipend are given directly to the student. Stipends will be distributed in two payments: 1) after the complete work plan is submitted and approved, and 2) after the mid-term report is submitted and approved.

Support to Faculty Mentor: Faculty mentors are awarded a stipend of $1000.

Deadline: Applications due in the Honors Program Office March 18, 2020 by 4pm. Please stay tuned for additional information and dates.

UPDATE (3/12/2020): As a result of the University's move to online instruction and reduced on-campus operations in response to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, please email completed applications to Norah Lovell (nlovell@tulane.edu) by 4 pm CST on March 18, 2020.

UPDATE (3/13/2020): The deadline to submit an application for the Honors Summer Research Program has been postponed to March 25, 2020.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding the deadline, please contact Norah Lovell at nlovell@tulane.edu.

How to Apply: 

Students should consult faculty members about available opportunities for supervised summer research. Once an opportunity has been identified, the student should complete the following and turn in to the Honors Program office by the given deadline:

1. Application form (Be sure to include email addresses of two faculty members we may contact as references.)

2. Statement of purpose (maximum two pages, single spaced) describing the research opportunity (identify and explain the question, issue, or problem), your preparation for working on the project, and the way the experience fits into and supports your overall academic and career plans.

3. Letter of invitation/support from the faculty member who would supervise the research.

 

Expectations of the Program (if students are selected):

1. A work plan, which must be signed by the supervising faculty member. The plan will discuss the research question to be asked, methods to be used, a rough calendar, and the final product of the experience (a poster, written report, or creative project, depending on the field).

2. A midterm progress report (and schedule a meeting with the Associate Director of Honors to discuss that report).

3. A final report and evaluation.

4. Students will be asked to attend a lunch/reception hosted by the Honors Program to discuss their projects at the halfway point of the program and at the end of the program.

5. Students may be asked to participate in a panel for current or prospective students to discuss their experience with the Honors Summer Research Program.

 

Proposals will be evaluated based on good standing in the Honors Program, soundness and seriousness of purpose, and feasibility of the project. Students are encouraged to meet with an Honors Program staff member to review the proposal draft before final submission. If you have any questions, please contact Norah Lovell whose information can be found on the Contact Us Page.

You can find this year's application HERE