The Honors Program at Tulane offers academically-gifted and intellectually curious students of all academic majors unique opportunities for immersion in multi-disciplinary scholarship. The Honors Program embraces the ideal of scholarly engagement as a goal for all high achieving students and the Honors Summer Research Program is one way to achieve this goal.
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. Honors freshmen, sophomores, and juniors 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 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: Freshman, 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 up to $250 per week. If students are living off campus, then the equivalent amount of the costs 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, 2018. Please stay tuned for information and dates.
Students should consult faculty members about available opportunities for supervised summer research. Once a student has identified an opportunity, s/he 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.
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 Tulane Honors Program, soundness and seriousness of purpose and feasibility of the project. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Maheu Vail, PhD whose information can be found on the Contact Us Page.