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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.


Mirya Holman, associate professor of political science at Tulane, says the study shows candidates for public office must pay close attention to the gendered components of political attacks.
Study finds campaign attack ads sting women most

Negative campaign ads may hurt female candidates more than male candidates, particularly when ads accuse women of not following feminine stereotypes, according to a new study co-authored by a Tulane University researcher.

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Tulane researchers, from left, Michael Cunningham, Michael Moore and Katherine Elfer
Three Tulane researchers honored with national STEM award

Professors Michael Cunningham and Michael Moore along with doctoral student Katherine Elfer are among 40 national recipients of the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award.

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Geoff Dancy is an assistant professor in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts who studies international human rights law, transitional justice, repression, civil war and pragmatism.
Can human rights law curb violence in America?

If the world is becoming a less violent place, why does it seem like crime in America is worsening? Tulane political science professor Geoff Dancy says America’s avoidance of human rights is to blame.

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Richard Campanella says his research into the hidden geography of New Orleans is often motivated by deep personal curiosity.
Layers of meaning influence New Orleans landscape

Geographer Richard Campanella’s 10th book Cityscapes of New Orleans looks at various spatial features of the city, how they came to be and their bearings on the city as we know it today.

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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.