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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.


Allison Truitt, associate professor of anthropology in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts, studies the social aspect of gold usage in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese prefer gold to Vietnam’s state-issued money.
Research shows gold is a valuable part of Vietnamese history

Allison Truitt, associate professor of anthropology in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts, studies the social aspect of gold usage in Vietnam, where many people prefer gold to the country’s currency.

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Tulane University faculty and alumni illuminate how the Crescent City impacted global history in ‘New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology.’
Tricentennial book explores New Orleans’ global impact

Tulane University faculty and alumni shed light on the Crescent City’s impact on global history in New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology.

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The decline of the wood thrush is the subject of a study by population ecologist Caz Taylor.
Loss of wintering grounds hits a sad note for common songbird

A Tulane University researcher who studies bird migration has found that a decline in the number of wood thrushes is probably due to deforestation in Central America.

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Dr. Paul Whelton is lead author of the new comprehensive clinical guidelines for blood pressure management published Monday in the American Heart Association journal 'Hypertension' and the 'Journal of the American College of Cardiology.'
Tulane professor leads team in redefining blood pressure guidelines

Tulane epidemiology professor Dr. Paul Whelton led the team behind this week’s blockbuster announcement redefining high blood pressure for the first time in 14 years. The new guidelines lower the threshold for diagnosis, resulting in almost half of U.S. adults now considered hypertensive.

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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.