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CELT aims to make faculty members more accessible to students through student and faculty programming.

During the 2017-18 academic year we have engaged 320 undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff in our research programming, including Research Lunches, Research Awards, Scholars Mixer, and more. In this booklet you will find descriptions of each program as well as photos and numbers. 

Student & Faculty Programs 

Undergraduate Research

How CELT helps students learn about research on campus:

Research Lunches

Research Lunches are an informal lunchtime conversation between students and faculty. This gives students the opportunity to see how their professors manage "failure", deadlines, or coming up with a research question. This is a unique "behind the scenes look" at professional research. 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 - 1:20 in the Lobby of Cudd Hall. Lunch will be provided.

Fall 2018 Research Lunch Schedule: TBA

Partners: CELT & NTC

Research in Residence

Research Lunches are an opportunity for underclassmen to learn from the research experiences of upperclassmen. Upperclassmen will share their "research story," including: how they found their opportunity, what they learned, what they wish they knew before starting, and much more!

CELT and HRL will host four Research Lunches, once per month. Each Research Lunch will take place on Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:20 in various residence halls. Lunch will be provided.

Fall 2018 Research in Residence Schedule: TBA

Partners: CELT & HRL

Scholars Mixer

The Scholars Mixer is a student created, planned, and hosted event that provides students and faculty a space to discuss research and scholarly engagement opportunities across disciplines. 

Scholars Mixer 2019:


How CELT highlights student research: 

Poster Day

CELT hosts an annual Poster Day for recipients of CELT’s research awards to present their research.

2019 Poster Day Program
2018 Poster Day Program
2017 Poster Day Program
2016 Poster Day Program

Since 2012 CELT has supported over 100 undergraduate faculty-mentored research projects within 30 different majors.

Poster Day 2020:


The CELT Research Showcase Booklet

The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching Research Showcase collection features the individual research projects and supplemental materials produced by CELT Fellows, Tulane students and faculty-mentors. This project documents research projects from between the years 2015 through 2017. The collection will grow to include new projects in future years to come. Research areas highlighted in this collection include the sciences and the humanities as well as inter-disciplinary projects.

CELT collection materials consists of posters, photos, extended abstracts, papers, and data collected from CELT-funded research projects. All of the individuals who participated in submitting work and supplemental materials have agreed to have their materials hosted online, through social media, and through the Library Web site as an exhibition.

View the Research Showcase Booklet

Professors' Picks

Professors’ Picks is co-sponsored by CELT, HRL, and NTC. The purpose of the program is to provide upper class students living on campus an opportunity to meaningfully engage with Tulane faculty members in small groups of 5-10 students. The discussions will occur through one two-hour book group on a faculty book of choice early in the spring semester. Faculty may choose a book that is fiction or nonfiction and does not need to their area of study.

Faculty stipend: 2 meals at the 1834 Club.

The books will be distributed in the last week of classes of the Fall semester.

Please email Liv Newman at for more information.


Tulane's Reading Project

Since 2002 Tulane has offered incoming freshmen the opportunity to join the Tulane community through a shared intellectual experience called the Tulane Reading Project. Since 2017 CELT has supported the Tulane Reading Project by working with faculty members to be Discussion Group Leaders.

The incoming first-year class will participate in discussion groups led by experienced faculty members as a part of New Student Orientation. This is an opportunity for new students to engage with a full-time faculty member with a particular expertise related to the book selection prior to their first college class. These faculty members are excited to welcome the newest Tulanians to our academic community!

Beartown by Fredrik Backman is the 2018 Reading Project selection for the incoming Class of 2022. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Tulane University Bookstore in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.

For more information please visit the official Tulane Reading Project site

Student Fellowship 

CELT Student Research Fellows are undergraduate students selected through a competitive application process and appointed to a one-year term during which they learn about CELT activities and contribute to the operations, administration, promotion, and development of CELT. While CELT Student Research Fellows will be familiar with the overall operations of the center, each Student Research Fellow will focus on their own independent research project related to the mission of CELT. In addition, Student Research Fellows are responsible for the management of three annual CELT events.

About the CELT Student Research Fellowship

The CELT Student Research Fellowship requires a high degree of self-motivation to develop, support, and execute individual research projects focused on classroom engagement at Tulane University. Students will create a plan for their individual year-long project and will make regular progress reports to Fellows and CELT staff throughout the year. Fellows are expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week during the academic year working in the Center. While at the Center, Student Research Fellows will be engaged in their individual projects, working collaboratively on CELT events, and assisting staff as necessary. 

Annual CELT Events

Each year CELT Student Research Fellows produce three main events: Scholars Mixer, Poster Session, and faculty/student events. The Scholars Mixer is a social event during fall semester for faculty and students to meet and learn about each other’s research interests. This is an opportunity for students who haven’t yet engaged in research to learn about different opportunities. The Poster Session takes place in April and affords recipients of CELT’s Academic Year Research Award the opportunity to present their research. The faculty/student events are open for creation and may take place during either semester.

Year-Long Projects

Each Student Research Fellow will have the ability to develop their own year-long project under the guidance of CELT staff. Student Research Fellows will be responsible for designing, managing, completing, and reporting on their projects. 

Example Project 1: A former CELT Fellow created and conducted a survey to evaluate what impact CELT had on classes. He surveyed undergraduate students to see if there was a difference between professors who actively participated in CELT events versus those who did not. He then analyzed the results and wrote a final report explaining the outcomes.  

Example Project 2: A former CELT fellow spent the first semester learning how to effectively conduct student focus groups and gaining IRB approval. During second semester she conducted four focus groups to find out what an engaged class looks like to students. Based on the feedback from students she then facilitated a student/faculty focus group to provide a space for students and faculty to find out “why you do what you do”. For example, why students come in late or why they leave multiple times during one class, why professors give tests over papers or why they weight assignments the way they do. Her final deliverable was an analysis and suggestions in the form of a report.