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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.


Tulane and the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium followed the first Ebola patients admitted to the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone
Genetic study finds 'perfect storm' behind deadliest Ebola outbreak

A combination of densely populated cities and porous borders between neighboring countries helped ignite the historically deadly West African Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,200 people, according to a comprehensive genetic study of the virus published in Nature.

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a Tulane University professor has published a book that shows why the state may not be getting its money’s worth from “Hollywood South.
Tulane professor explores Hollywood South tax credits in new book

As the Louisiana Legislature prepares to debate ways to lure filmmakers back following a tightening up of the tax credit program in 2015, a Tulane University professor has published a book that shows why the state may not be getting its money’s worth from “Hollywood South.”

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Chemistry faculty members Brent Koplitz (left) and Mike Herman (right) congratulate Zhiqiang Mao (center), the Nicholas J. Altiero Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, who received the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Schoo
Outstanding researchers recognized at SSE Research Day

In a presentation that touched on the information technology of the future, Zhiqiang Mao, the Nicholas J. Altiero Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, accepted the Outstanding Researcher Award from the School of Science and Engineering on Thursday.

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Patrick Button, assistant professor of economics at Tulane University
Older women face uphill battle in job searches

Economic pressure is pushing older workers to stay longer in the labor force. But here’s the rub: Employers aren’t interested in them. Patrick Button, assistant professor of economics at Tulane University, is co-author of a study showing age discrimination in the labor force, especially against older women.

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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.