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.

Information on Academic Year and Summer Awards for Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research can be found on the CELT website

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 Session 2020: Monday, April 20 , 2020 | Lavin Bernick Center (LBC) 212 Qatar Ballroom | 5:00PM - 7:00PM

More information on Research Poster Day can be found on the CELT website.

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.

More information on the CELT Research Showcase Booklet can be found on the CELT website.

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 2020 Scholars Mixer is still TBD. Please check back for more information.

Student Publications and Abstracts

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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 on the American Polital Science Association website.