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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 professor Ehab Meselhe, right, using his computer models
Tulane professor honored as Top 25 Newsmaker

Ehab Meselhe, a professor in the River-Coastal Science and Engineering Department at Tulane University, will be honored for his contribution to the development of a coastal master plan for Louisiana.

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Dylan Lawrence, left, and Carolyn Bayer
Pregnancy disorder subject of new Tulane study

An imaging technique used to detect some forms of cancer can also help detect preeclampsia in pregnancy before it becomes a life-threatening condition, a new Tulane study says.

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New Tulane University study reveals heart abnormalities in retired NFL players

A new, first-time study by Tulane University has revealed that former NFL players, particularly those with larger body sizes, were found to have heart abnormalities specifically associated with high blood pressure.

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A trio of researchers work at the site in northern Peru
Tulane professor’s work at “unthinkable sacrifice” site published in major journal

Anthropology professor John Verano’s research into the world’s largest mass sacrifice of children in Peru was published in PLOS ONE, a top scientific journal.

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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.