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Best and Brightest

At Tulane, no idea is too small, no ambition too big. We power through barriers to turn our dreams into reality.

Avery Siegel

AVERY SIEGEL, a second-year School of Liberal Arts student, can add “Oscar winner” to her resume. After learning about the lack of access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products around the world, Siegel and her high school classmates co-produced Period. End of Sentence, which won this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Watch it on Netflix

Lydia Winkler and Marco Nelson

What began as a battle to get a rental deposit back from a prickly landlord is officially the hottest startup in New Orleans. LYDIA WINKLER, a 2019 JD/MBA graduate, and MARCO NELSON, a 2019 MBA graduate, won the top prize at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week and the Tulane Business Model Competition for RentCheck, the app they created that guides landlords and tenants through the detailed inspection of rental properties.

Curtis Davis

CURTIS DAVIS, a newly minted PhD in Social Work, is heading to the University of Southern Mississippi as a faculty member. He will continue his research on the trauma of racism — prison experiences, for example — and shape them into the framework for public policy.

The story of Tulane would not be complete without the contributions of many important individuals from diverse backgrounds who have made a substantial and lasting impact on our university. After launching a campus-wide initiative to celebrate diversity, we are proud to recognize these Tulanians:

Willow Residences in honor of the first African-American undergraduates to earn Tulane degrees: Newcomb College grad DR. DEIDRE DUMAS LABAT and REYNOLD T. DÉCOU, SR.

Carolyn Barber-Pierre

The CAROLYN BARBER-PIERRE Center for Intercultural Life in honor of the campus diversity pioneer

Luis Solis

A professorship for Tulane graduate LUIS GUILLERMO SOLÍS, former president of Costa Rica

Bobby Yan

A lectureship for BOBBY YAN, six-time Emmy Award winner and founder of Tulane's Asian American Student Union

Developing the Best and Brightest

Elaine Horn-Ranney and Parastoo Khoshakhlagh

ELAINE HORN-RANNEY and PARASTOO KHOSHAKHLAGH proved if you have a great idea, there’s no limit to where it can go. While at Tulane, the pair developed wound-healing technology that NASA sent to the International Space Station for testing. The space agency hopes the gel-based patch could one day deliver treatments to astronauts to prevent deadly sepsis infections.

Lt. Gen. David Berger

The next top Marine is a Tulanian who spent decades leading troops through some of the Marine Corps’ most important strategic operations. LT. GEN. DAVID BERGER, a 1981 engineering graduate, will receive a fourth star and serve as the 38th Marine Corps commandant.

Trivia Frazier-Wiltz

TRIVIA FRAZIER-WILTZ is a true Tulanian. She holds a BS, MBA and PhD from the university and now serves as president and CEO of Obatala Sciences. Her company offers products to scientists which advance tissue engineering and regenerative medicine – all while contributing to New Orleans’ budding biotech industry.

Athletics Highlights

2019 SEISA Women’s Conference Champion


AutoNation Cure Bowl Champion


runner-up honors, National Invitational Volleyball Championship


KODY HOESE became Tulane's first consensus All-American since 2005. The finance major was selected with the 25th overall pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers.


OLIVIA JOHNSON, Liberal Arts junior, was the first Tulane swimmer to capture two individual gold medals at the AAC Championships.


DONNIE LEWIS JR., Liberal Arts senior, was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, marking the third straight year a Tulane football player has been drafted.


REBEKAH MARKEL, Science and Engineering senior, won the AAC pole vault in both indoor and outdoor track. She also earned all-America honors during the outdoor season.


EMMANUEL ROTICH, Architecture senior, is one of the most successful cross-country runners in Tulane’s history, earning a first-place finish in the 2018 AAC, defending his 2017 title. Watch a video of his highlights