Q: After I identify some Tulane professors who have research projects that interest me, you advise sending a resume and cover letter. I am a freshman and I have never written a resume. Where do I start?

A:  A good approach is to consult the website Go to the Student drop down section and click Premium Services and then “Optimal Resume.” This will prompt you to write your resume. After you have a draft of your resume, you can get a critique and suggestions from either Allen Thomas at the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (310 Richardson Building, 314-7680) or  Barry Thompson at the Tulane Career Center (Diboll Complex).


Q: How do I find out about research placements off-campus, especially during the summer?

A: Go to the website “For Students” > “Find funding for Research”   and select the amber button near the top of the page “Funding for Tulane Students Away from Tulane.”  We will continue to add opportunities to apply for research fellowships and grants for both undergraduates and graduate students.  Many excellent opportunities are available at other universities during the summer.


Q: I have been told by my professor that many summer research opportunities are funded by the National Science Foundation.  Where can I find a complete list?

A:  Yes, many research projects for undergraduates are available at universities all over the U.S. , from Hawaii to Maine.  Go to You can search by your major or research interest in almost every field in the sciences, social sciences, math and engineering.  When you find one of interest you will apply directly to the project director at that university.  There is no limit to how many universities you can apply.

Please e-mail your questions to Dr. Allen Thomas at

Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-7698