Tulane Research Experience for Undergraduates in
Applied Microeconomics and Program Evaluation (Treu-Ampe)

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Summer 2012 was the last summer of our REU program. Please check out the NSF website for a directory of other REU opportunities.

Undergraduate students attending universities in the New Orleans area (and beyond) are invited to explore new directions in economic research through the National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The Tulane University Department of Economics will sponsor students to conduct individual research projects that contribute to ongoing research programs of faculty members. The program will run continuously during the academic year and during the summer. Students will receive a stipend during the program.

What student researchers will gain:

  • Hands-on research experience
  • Participation in a challenging but supportive research team environment
  • Exposure to the latest methodologies in economic research
  • Occasion to work with established researchers
  • Improved observation and communication skills
  • Awareness of the diversity of economic research
  • Interaction with faculty members who will serve as mentors
  • Opportunity to judge whether a career in research is right for you

Program description

The Tulane Research Experience for Undergraduates in Applied Microeconomics and Program Evaluation (Treu-Ampe) identifies undergraduate students from Southeast Louisiana universities (and beyond) with an interest in applied microeconomics and program evaluation, and provides research opportunities designed to support them through their current major, encourage them to attend graduate school and, eventually, a research career in applied microeconomics and program evaluation. The Treu-Ampe aims to provide not only a curricular research opportunity but also the long-term support necessary for a career in research. This support is particularly important for student groups such as women and minorities that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in these disciplines at the graduate level.

The Treu-Ampe is an intensive research program for undergraduates from Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, Xavier University, Loyola University, Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans, and universities outside of New Orleans. Promising students from these schools are matched with a faculty mentor in the Tulane Economics department. Students choose an independent project or collaborate on an existing project of an advisor. Projects last three months or longer and may result in senior theses and potentially publications authored by the student, faculty adviser, or both. The objective of the Treu-Ampe is to engage a diverse set of talented undergraduates in the economic analysis of public policies that affect the New Orleans and Gulf Coast areas and have broader implications for all regions. By participating in the scientific evaluation of the effects of local public policies, we will foster their interest in economics and program evaluation and build broader research skills to support their graduate studies.


The Treu-Ampe program is targeted to upper-division students who have completed junior-level courses in economics or a related field. We will consider applications from promising lower-division students and students not majoring in economics. The program is intended to provide research opportunities for undergraduates who have shown an interest in applied economic research, demonstrated a high level of academic performance (generally a GPA of 3.0 or above), and whose presence would enhance the diversity of Treu-Ampe. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Funding for the REU program comes directly from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF requires that participants be US citizens or permanent residents, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a university or college in the United States or its possessions.


Interns will receive stipends based on the number of hours worked (intended to cover summer housing, sustenance, and travel expenses). Students participating in the summer are expected to treat the Treu-Ampe program as a full-time job. The stipend will be paid at a rate of $11 per hour, or about $3,500 over the 8-week program.


Participants are entirely responsible for finding their own summer housing. There are two primary options. Tulane offers students spots in summer dorms. Alternatively, students can sublet rooms off-campus. Craigslist is the best place to search for these.


Students are required to attend orientation and research workshops during the first week of the program, and graduate school workshops during the last week of the program.

Research projects

A current list of research conducted in the Department of Economics can be found on our publications and working papers pages. A more detailed description of some of the research projects available for student participation during Summer 2012 is available here. Descriptions of past research projects can be found here.

Many of our research projects will extend beyond the summer. Student participants will have the possibility of continuing research assistance during the academic year.

Applying to Treu-Ampe

Applications may be submitted any time. The application has two parts, an online application form and the following materials you may submit by email (preferred) or postal mail:

  • An unofficial transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor or major professor. Ask your advisor to email directly or return the letter in a sealed and signed envelope to ensure confidentiality.
  • A short (one-page) resume outlining course-work completed and relevant work experience.

Please email these materials to or by mail to:
Department of Economics
206 Tilton Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118


Funding for Treu-Ampe comes from National Science Foundation award SMA-1004569. Funding for computer hardware comes from the Murphy Institute of Political Economy and the Office of the Provost at Tulane University.

206 Tilton Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 tel 504-865-5321 fax 504-865-5869