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Tulane Science Scholars Program

The STEM programs in Tulane Pre-College offer students the opportunity to learn about careers that studying the science, mathematics, engineering, and technology disciplines can lead to after college. All of Tulane Pre-College STEM programs are designed to inspire participants to see the world in a new way and encourage them to realize the importance of finding solutions to real-world problems.

Various features of the Tulane learning environment differentiate the summer Pre-College courses from other educational opportunities out there. Read on to discover the Tulane difference.


STEM Programs



Tulane Science Scholars

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on courses in science and engineering
  • Learn from Tulane instructors in the heart of New Orleans
  • Explore potential careers in STEM
  • Receive college credit or participate in an enrichment experience to build your college resume
  • Multiple session dates—ideal for busy families

Reasons to Choose a Tulane STEM Pre-College Program

Our Pre-College courses in STEM offers academic enrichment courses for middle and high school students developed with Tulane faculty and taught by highly qualified instructors for students in grades six through 12. The courses are tailored to the needs of middle and high school students to explain complex concepts in a practical, understandable way.

High School students looking for a more advanced experience can apply for one of our college-credit courses designed for students in tenth through twelfth grade with a strong interest in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Our college-credit courses are taught by Tulane science and engineering faculty and graduate students and allow students to experience the challenge and rigor of college-level academics while still in high school.

Our STEM courses focus on an array of disciplines, such as environmental science, computer science, robotics, engineering, physics, biology and health sciences. Students have access to Tulane facilities, where they conduct lab work.

Participants can choose to live in the residence halls for the full college experience or commute and have the flexibility of living at home. Pre-College staff members supervise residential students throughout the duration of the program, and these students also have the benefit of a variety of evening and weekend activities. Contact us: summer@tulane.edu or 504.314.7619.

Materials Science

The STEM Programs Were Created With the Following Learning Outcomes in Mind:

  • Problem-based learning to provide students with an authentic 21st-century education
  • Design, create, and test solutions to real-world problems and challenges
  • Hands-on activities to excite students and introduce them to science and engineering
  • Team-building environment that fosters rich possibilities for creative solutions


What’s Unique About Tulane Summer?

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Tulane’s enrichment courses align with NGSS’ three principles of learning—crosscutting concepts, scientific practices, and disciplinary core ideas—to enhance the results of scientific educational endeavors.: Tulane’s enrichment courses align with NGSS’ three principles of learning—crosscutting concepts, scientific practices, and disciplinary core ideas—to enhance the results of scientific educational endeavors.

Situational learning: Interactions with New Orleans organizations and the community allow for the application of scientific principles in authentic settings.

Professional interactions: Participants in the summer program learn from scientists, artists, writers, and engineers, who give them an insider’s perspective about everything that their professions entail.

Multiple course options: These allow students to focus on a particular area of interest as they progress from middle school to high school and from high school to college.

Access to Tulane research: Getting information about the work that Tulane academics do can show participants in the summer program how scientific principles can be advanced through new developments and discoveries.

Collegiate environment: Students benefit from experiencing the richness of university life by living on campus, utilizing campus facilities, and meeting peers from around the country and the globe.