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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.


BIRCWH principal investigator and research director Dr. Marie “Tonette” Krousel-Wood (left) with BIRCWH scholars Dr. Dragana Lovre, Catherine Burnette and Jylana Sheats.
NIH awards Tulane $2.65 million to boost research in women’s health, sex differences

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Tulane University $2.65 million to continue its successful program to develop more researchers studying women’s health and how disease progression and treatment differ in women.

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While researching for his book 'The Origins of Cool in Postwar America,' Joel Dinerstein, professor of English at Tulane University, discovered screenwriter W. R. Burnett’s role in developing the first film noir, gangster and heist films.
Inventor of noir, gangster and heist films is subject of English professor’s latest research

While conducting research for his book The Origins of Cool in Postwar America, Joel Dinerstein, professor of English at Tulane University, discovered screenwriter W. R. Burnett’s role in developing the first film noir, gangster and heist films.

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Singer Blanche Thomas takes the microphone in a Bourbon Street club around 1950 in this photograph from the Hogan Jazz Archive.
Exhibit uncovers the untold story of women in music

The Hogan Jazz Archive exhibit "Building a Tradition: The Multifaceted Legacy of Women in New Orleans Music" pulls together photos, clippings and other memorabilia that prove women's influence in early New Orleans music.

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James Robinson (left) and Robert Garry have tracked the Lassa virus for more than a decade.
Researchers hunt for Lassa Fever cure

Tulane researchers Robert Garry and James Robinson won’t give up until they unravel the mystery of the Lassa virus, saving lives from a severe and often fatal hemorrhagic fever that infects more than 300,000 people annually and is wrecking West African communities.

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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.