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Research Opportunities

Students are encouraged to explore research opportunities in their areas of interest by speaking with faculty in those specializations. Other undergraduate research opportunities may be explored through the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT). To learn more about the opportunities available and the role that research plays in your Tulane education, visit CELT Online.

Procedures for Participation in Undergraduate Research

The student must take the initiative in arranging for independent research with faculty and, the earlier one begins the process, the greater the chances are of finding a research niche. The student research is generally limited to those areas of investigation in which the Political Science faculty have both interest and expertise. Thus the student should become familiar with the faculty research as the first step toward participation; see individual faculty profiles for more information. As a next step, the student then makes inquiry with selected faculty concerning possible opportunities, specific projects and the commitments and responsibilities involved.

CELT Undergraduate Research Resources


Undergraduate Research grants (academic year and summer) – These grants support projects and initiatives to promote faculty-mentored undergraduate research or creative scholarly engagement, consistent with Tulane’s mission of outstanding undergraduate education in a research university.

Academic Year: Award for Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research

  1. Guidelines
  2. Deadline: September 15 | 11:59 pm

Summer: Award for Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research

  1. Guidelines
  2. Deadline: March 15 | 11:59 pm

Undergraduate Research Funding by Department

Poster Day

CELT hosts an annual Poster Day for recipients of CELT’s research awards to present their research. Since 2012 CELT has supported over 100 undergraduate faculty-mentored research projects within 30 different majors. Poster Day 2018: April 16th 4:00 - 6:00 Qatar Ballroom, LBC

  1. 2017 Poster Day Program
  2. 2016 Poster Day Program

Digital Showcase

Through our funding, students at Tulane are able to work alongside faculty mentors in their respective fields of interest. Most of our students have presented or published their research through scholarly outlets, such as, peer reviewed journals and presentations at national conferences. In partnership with the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, we have created an online exhibition to host and archive the supplemental research materials of these exceptional CELT scholars. In 2017 our Research Fellows created the first CELT Research Showcase Booklet, featuring abstracts from CELT award recipients between 2015 and 2017.

Scholars Mixer

The Scholars Mixer is a student created, planned, and hosted event that provides students interested in research the opportunity to meet and informally discuss opportunities with Tulane faculty. This event provides a stress-free environment where these conversations can occur naturally. The location, time, and date of the 2018 Scholars Mixer is still TBD. Please check back for more information.

Research Lunches

CELT and NTC have partnered to create Research Lunches, an informal lunchtime discussion between faculty and students about the research process. Students often only see the polished result of years of work, this is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the trials and tribulations of research. We invite faculty to discuss that time their hypothesis was wrong, or they had to start from scratch, or how they even come up with a research idea in the first place. The ultimate goal of these lunches is to create a small community of approachable faculty and interested students. CELT and NTC will host four Research Lunches, once per month. Each Research Lunch will take place on Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Lobby of Cudd Hall. Lunch will be provided.

Spring 2018 Research Lunch Schedule:

  1. February: Tuesday 27 | 12:30 -1:30 | Dr. Michelle Lacey, Mathematics
  2. March: Tuesday 13 | 12:30 -1:30 | Dr. Rick Snow, Music
  3. April: Tuesday 10 | 12:30 -1:30 | Dr. Julie Albert, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
If you are interested in participating please email Emily Gatehouse, for more information.


Student Publications and Abstracts

Check back for more content soon!

Conferences and Travel Funding

The American Political Science Association (APSA) holds a yearly conference. They also track information about opportunities sponsored by APSA and organizations outside the association. You can find that guide here.

Upcoming American Conferences

November 2017:
  1. 9-10: State of the Parties Conference – Akron, OH
  2. 9-11: Northeastern Political Science Association 49th Annual Meeting – Philadelphia, PA

January 2018:
  1. 4-6: Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA

February 2018:
  1. 8-10: Political Economy of International Organizations – Madison, WI

March 2018:
  1. 14-18: National Conference of Black Political Scientists 49th Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL
  2. 24: Florida Political Science Association Annual Meeting – Fort Myers, FL
  3. 26-28: Veterans in Society 2018: Veterans and Their Societies in International Context – Roanoke, VA
  4. 29-31: Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting – San Francisco, CA

April 2018:
  1. 4-7: Western Social Science Association Annual Meeting – San Antonio, TX
  2. 5-8: Midwest Political Science Association 76th Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL
  3. 13-14: New York State Political Science Association Annual Conference – New York City, NY
  4. 19-21: New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting – Portsmouth, NH

June 2018:
  1. 6-8: Midwest Public Affairs Conference – Omaha, NE

August 2018:
  1. 23-27: Asia and the Anthropocene workshop – Ann Arbor, MI
  2. 30-Sept.2: American Political Science Association Annual Meeting – Boston, MA

October 2018:
  1. 10-13: Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting – Orlando, FL