Dr. Linda Argote, NC ‘75, knows first-hand the value of research as an undergraduate. She describes her time at Tulane earning her B.S. in psychology and writing her thesis with Dr. Edgar C. O’Neal as pivotal and credits it with her pursuit of a PhD and life-long career.
“Working on a research project with Dr. O’Neal and Dr. Peter McDonald, a graduate student in psychology at the time, led me to realize that I loved doing research and to apply to doctoral programs. I am delighted to support Dean Skinner’s vision of enhanced undergraduate research opportunities at Newcomb-Tulane College and hope that my gift will enable other students to gain valuable research experience.”
This love of undergraduate research - specifically interdisciplinary research - has inspired Dr. Argote to fund the area through Newcomb-Tulane College. With her gift, Linda established the Argote-Epple Family Undergraduate Research Endowed Fund. The endowed fund will exist in perpetuity and continue to support research opportunities for students at Newcomb-Tulane College every year into the future. At Dr. Argote’s request, preference will be given to her area of passion - empirical research in the fields of psychology, organizational behavior, economics or other social or behavioral science
Increasing undergraduate research is part of Dean Skinner’s vision for NTC. A new Academic Enrichment team has been formed with a renewed focus on grant funding, undergraduate research and other academic enrichment programming. This team, along with funding from donors like Dr. Argote, will encourage more students towards research or a thesis. About 100 seniors do a thesis of some kind every year and this new program will capture and support all of them.
Dr. Argote graduated magna cum laude from Tulane in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and received departmental honors. She then earned a PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan in 1979. She has spent her career on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business; she currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. In June 2020, Dr. Argote received an honorary degree from Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano Switzerland.