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How Do I Get Involved in Research?

TUSOM students have plenty of opportunities available for getting involved in research. The most important step in the process is to connect with a faculty mentor. This page is designed to help you do that! Generally speaking, the best time to focus on a research project is during the summer between your T1 & T2 year, since you have plenty of time to do so. However, you can get involved with research at any time during your medical education. 

If you are a T1, and would like to get involved in summer research IN NEW ORLEANS, please check out these funded opportunities:

If you are a T1, and would like to get involved in summer research ELSEWHERE, please see "Summer Opportunities" on this page.

If you are a T2 or above, and would like to get involved in research, please see "Basic/Bench Research," "Clinical/Translational Research," "Population/Public Health Research," or "Call for Student Researchers" on this page. 

Basic/Bench Research

Students interested in basic/bench research should contact Dr. Diane Blake for more information.

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here.

Clinical/Translational Research

Student must watch the following video prior to seeking a clinical/translational research opportunity

Students interested in clinical/translational research should consult the list of recommended faculty mentors below. Please contact the faculty member in charge of the project you are interested in directly. Contact Dr. Vivian Fonseca for more information. 

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here. A list of recommended faculty mentors and their areas of research is also available here. 

Physician Scientist MD/PhD Program

Students interested in the Ph.D./MD program should contact Dr. James Robinson for more information.

More information on this program can be found here.

Population & Public Health Research

Students interested in population and public health research should contact Dr. Tonette Krousel-Wood for more information.

If you are interested in the MD/MPH program’s research opportunities, more information can be found here.

If you are interested in completing the MD/MPH program, more information can be found here.

Calls for Student Researchers

This section contains contact information SPECIFICALLY seeking student researchers. If you are a faculty researcher who would like to advertise for a student researcher, please email Dr. Katrina D’Aquin.

(UPDATED 9/1/20)

My name is Dr. Clare Hoff.  I am the Tulane Co-PI for a prostate cancer screening study here at Tulane.  We are looking for students interested in PSA screening in African American Men age 40-65 years of age.  This group is at increased risk of prostate cancer death and has been largely under studied.  Our study looks at an educational intervention to help AA men decide if PSA screening is right for them.  It is a joint effort between Xavier University and Tulane.  


If you would like to participate in this study as a research assistant, please send your CV and Citi Training to along with a short statement of your interest.  It does require flexible hours and that you have your own vehicle. 


Good luck wih the new academic year.



Dr. Hoff


***Student researchers must be available during the day to meet with research participants***


Clarissa Hoff, MD MPH FACPM

Assistant  Professor

SAPORO Research Director

Preventive Medicine Residency Director


Academic Contact Information:

Tulane University School of Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Mailing Address: 1430 Tulane Ave, #8033, New Orleans, LA 70112

Physical Address: 131 S. Robertson St, 11th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: 504 988-4700  Fax: 504 988-4701


Clinical Contact Information:

Tulane Doctors Specialty Clinic - Primary Care 

2800 Veterans Blvd Suite 140, Metairie, LA 70002

Phone: 504 988-0501 Fax 504-988-0502



Temporary Opportunity for Laboratory Personnel

to support the

University’s COVID-19 Testing Program

The volume of the return to work/school tests is resulting in a short term (6 week) push to get all the needed testing completed.

Help out, get paid, and get some valuable professional experience in a state-of-the art laboratory.


This opportunity is to work in the COVID-19 Testing lab of the

School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s Molecular Pathology Laboratory.

Location: Downtown Campus

Shifts available 6-7 days a week between 6am and 12:30am (midnight)

Overtime pay for evening, late shifts and weekends.

Need to fill shifts will last for approximately 6 weeks.

Training will be provided.


Lab Technicians with experience with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or other molecular biology skills are a plus.


If interested, contact Catherine Downs at


Dr. Metzinger is looking for students interested in ophthalmology research to assist with a retrospective study in the field. Please contact her at or for more details.


Medical students in the Bix lab have an opportunity to conduct basic and translational research focused on understanding the pathophysiology of and developing novel therapies for ischemic stroke, vascular dementia, pediatric traumatic brain injury and sars-CoV-2 infection and neuroinflammation. The lab takes advantage of both in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo (rodent and non-human primate) models to translate and reverse translate innovate therapies. 


Contact Dr. Bix if you are interested in pursuing this research. 

 All of Us Research Study: Tulane University has been selected to be a site for the All of Us research study. This multi-site, five-year NIH study will recruit a million patients, the largest ever proposed! Students who want to participate will need to complete CITI training, and will receive basic training in research practices and customer service. The role of the the students will be to go to our high volume clinics and remind the clinicians there about it, and also talk to patients in the waiting rooms or help them win the CTU with answering questions they may have about the online video. There will be no opportunity to collaborate on a paper for involvement, but students will be able to add this experience to their CV, highlighting the unique nature of the largest NIH study to date. If you are interested, please contact Roberta McDuffie to arrange for an interview.

Summer Opportunities

  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
Funding Opportunities

  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
  • The Warren R. Bourgeois, III, MD and Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois, MD Student Research Endowed Fund is a generous endowment which provides support each year to one or two first year medical students for a summer research experience in the Department of Physiology. The donation provides, but is not limited to, stipends, grants, and assistance with conference attendance, travel and other expenses related to the recipients’ research experience. This research experience for medical students brings to the student a potential dual career in research as well as medicine. It reveals to the student they can be involved both in the healing of a patient and in the process of finding cures. For more information, please contact Dr. L. Gabriel Navar, Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, SL-8639, 504.988.5251.
  • The DeBakey Scholars Program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. Limited summer funding is available for projects and students who qualify. More information on this program can be found here.

Many professional societies provide competitive grant funding for research. The links below should take you directly to the grant pages for the societies listed:

A helpful resource when writing grant applications is the "How to Apply" guide by the NIH. You can link into this resource here

Publication and Presentation Information

Wondering where you can present your research? Click on our calendar of professional conferences to see when a relevant conference may be happening! (Links to conference information are provided.)

Additionally, see our Student Publication Venue guide for inspiration on where to publish.

(ADDED 10/19/2020)

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Inaugural Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference
April 16-18, 2021
Tulane University School of Medicine*
New Orleans, LA


Call for Abstracts - Digital Poster and Oral Presentations

Abstracts are now being solicited for SMA’s Inaugural Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference. Submit at!

Who Can Submit?

  • Medical Students
  • Residents
  • Fellows

What’s the Deadline?
January 8, 2021, 4:30 pm Central time.

What are the Presentation Categories?

  • Bioethics & Medical Education
  • Emergency & Disaster Medicine
  • Medicine & Medical Specialties
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health & Environmental Medicine
  • Quality Health Care, Patient Safety, & Best Practices
  • Surgery and Surgical Specialties\
  • Women’s & Children’s Health
  • Global Healthcare

What Types of Research Projects Can Be Submitted?

  • Case Presentation
  • Clinical Science Presentation
  • Community Project 
  • Health System Science
  • Work in Progress

Where Can I Learn More?

Can I get a discounted rate for attending the conference?
Yes! Please sign up to join PIT for free at for discounted cost of attendance.

Who Can I Email with Specific Questions? 

*SMA will consider alternate plans to host the Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference as a virtual meeting due to COVID-19, and we are excited to let you know that the Abstract Competition will take place, regardless of our ability to host an in-person meeting in New Orleans. We look forward to receiving your abstract submissions and will keep you posted as decisions are finalized as related to COVID-19.


Submit an Abstract Today!













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How to enter the Tulane OGH Research Competition for the CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference

September 14, 2020


Students wishing to enter the Tulane Office of Global Health (OGH) Research Competition must first submit their abstract for the CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference on or before the October 23, 2020 deadline.  

To prepare to submit your abstract to CUGH,  download and review the FAQs Sheet to determine the correct pathway for your abstract (Scientific Abstract v. Program & Project Abstract v. Global Health Education Abstract), and for the required information for each abstract type. Abstracts that are submitted to the wrong pathway, or that do not include the required information, risk lower review scores and higher probability of being rejected for presentation. 

All accepted abstracts will be UNMODERATED ELECTRONIC POSTERS as this conference will be fully virtual. The highest scoring ePosters will be published in a special CUGH Edition of The Lancet Global Health.

To enter the Tulane OGH Research Competition, a copy of the submitted abstract must be sent to Ms. Andrea Meyer ( by October 23.   Submissions should include an email subject line that reads “Abstract Submitted for the Tulane OGH Research Competition”, and should include the following information:

  1. Name of submitting student
  2. Name of Tulane degree program
  3. Name of School where the degree program resides
  1. Names of all Tulane students listed as authors on the abstract
  2. Names of all Tulane faculty and staff listed as authors on the abstract
  3. Title of the abstract
  4. A copy of the abstract submitted to CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference.  The preferred way is to provide the downloaded copy of your abstract (available from the CUGH website after submission) and your abstract confirmation number.    Alternatively, you can provide a Word document with the text of your abstract instead of the downloaded copy, but please also provide your CUGH 2021 confirmation number (available upon submission).   


Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.  

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by at least two Tulane faculty members serving on the review panel for the Office of Global Health.  Reviewers will score each abstract on a 1-5 scale based on the following criteria:

  1. Originality
  2. Relevance to global health
  3. Study design or methodology
  4. The role of Tulane students in the work or project is described



Submitting presenters will be notified about whether or not their abstract was accepted by CUGH during the month of December.  Students who submitted abstracts to the Tulane OGH Research Competition will also receive notification about whether their abstract was selected for a registration fee award by December 15.   Tulane OGH will cover the cost of CUGH registration fees for top scoring student presenters from each school within Tulane University (for the SPHTM, submissions by undergraduate public health students and graduate students will be reviewed as 2 distinct school groups).   Students from schools with a larger number of abstract submissions may have more than one abstract selected for registration fee awards.   If more than one Tulane student is an author of a winning abstract, Tulane OGH will cover the full registration fee for the presenting author and half of the registration fee for up to two additional student authors.   


Presenters whose abstracts are accepted by CUGH must register for the conference and pay $170.00 to have their abstracts included in the program.   The deadline for abstract presenters to RSVP and Register for CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference is January 15, 2021.  


For more information, please contact Ms. Andrea Meyer at


Tulane Opportunities and Resources

  • Tulane University Office of Research
  • Matas Library
  • Resources for Researchers



    Assistance in navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Tulane is now available to faculty members in the School of Medicine, courtesy of the Office of Research.



  • General guidance on the Tulane IRB and the necessary steps to get approval for human subjects research
  • Specific guidance on the preparation and submission of:
    • Initial submissions for new projects
    • Informed consent and HIPAA documents for new projects
    • Amendments/revisions, adverse event reports, and continuing reviews for existing projects
  • Assistance in navigating IRBManager, the online platform used to manage IRB submissions at Tulane
  • Assistance in IRB submissions for studies that involve multiple research institutions and/or off-site research
  • General questions and resources related to IRB

    If your study has an external sponsor, please contact Olayinka Idowu at or 504-988-6834

    If your study is investigator-initiated, funded by NIH, or lacks funding for IRB assistance, please contact Mya Sherman at or 504-988-4644