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Attracting the most innovative thinkers to Tulane—world-class faculty and graduate and undergraduate students—and combining our intellectual muscle with an entrepreneurial mindset will position the university to help solve some of society’s most complex challenges. Research here isn’t just the province of graduate students or faculty: Undergraduate research is an important part of the Tulane experience, and grants are available to help students cover the cost of research materials, travel and other expenses.

Once these talented individuals are on campus, they are well-positioned to make the breakthroughs in research that today are made across the boundaries of schools, colleges and institutes. Best-selling author and Tulane board member Walter Isaacson had it right when he wrote in his book The Innovators that the next advances “will come from people who are able to link beauty to engineering, humanity to technology and poetry to processors.”

The university is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with “preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Tulane also is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes only 2 percent of universities nationwide.


Kyle Straub, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, says his research focuses on how to construct records of past climate change from layers in sedimentary rocks.
Tulane research aids in reading Earth’s diary

A Tulane University geologist has concluded a study on climate change, which will help develop climate models that simulate the effects of climate change and the Earth’s response to it.

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Dr. Jiang He (left) and Dr. Marie “Tonette” Krousel-Wood will lead the study to enlist community health centers to help low-income patients more aggressively manage high blood pressure.
Tulane University awarded $6.28 million to study blood pressure control in low-income patients

Tulane researchers will use the five-year, $6.28 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to implement new guidelines for managing high blood pressure, especially in low-income patients at risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Nick Pashos, Mei Wang and Jason Ryans are recipients of National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps grants. They, along with other Tulane doctoral students and faculty mentors, were awarded $50,000 grants during the past few years to look into the market
Tulane inventions go from lab to marketplace

From breast reconstruction for cancer survivors to more accurate and easier-to-perform biopsies, Tulane doctoral students are taking their inventions from concept to reality.

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Professor Daniel Shantz (left) and graduate student Ross Ransom analyze data from their research of zeolite SSZ-39 in an effort to reduce harmful chemicals in auto emissions.
Tulane receives grant to reduce auto emissions

Members of Tulane University’s Shantz Lab will work with industrial scientists to assist in the development of next-generation materials designed to reduce harmful automotive emissions. 

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Creating these connections is one of Tulane’s greatest strengths. It’s not an overstatement to say we are creating a new model for interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education that will bring our research to new heights in several critical areas, including the culture of the Gulf South, energy and the environment, water management and climate change, healthy communities, trauma and resilience.
Some of this exciting research will take place on Tulane’s newest facility, the ByWater Institute. Located on the Mississippi River where a modern infrastructure will advance timely research in many of the areas mentioned above, plus coastal restoration and management, and sustainable communities. The campus will also help transform New Orleans into a leading hub for green jobs and technologies.
Research at Tulane is where unlimited opportunity awaits to make the world a better place.