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Fund supports student research

Student research is integral to the mission of Tulane University School of Medicine. Such research can be transformative for society as budding scientists work to make revolutionary discoveries. And it can also be life-changing for the young scholars who are getting an early taste of a career in science. 

The Drs. Bourgeois
Drs. Warren and Usha Bourgeois

Alumnus Dr. Warren R. Bourgeois III (E '78, M '82, R '87) and his wife Dr. Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois are ensuring that research will remain a part of the student experience in the Department of Physiology.

The Drs. Bourgeois have established the Warren R. Bourgeois III, M.D. and Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois, M.D. Student Research Endowed Fund. These endowed funds will support students endeavoring to uncover medical breakthroughs.

Warren and Usha Bourgeois were inspired to make a gift to the Department of Physiology because of their daughter Camille's experience as a student researcher following her completion of a master of science degree from the medical school in 2013.

"We feel like the Department of Physiology helped her grow as a young scientist," says Warren Bourgeois. "We were inspired by how much the department encouraged her."

Camille is now preparing to enter the School of Medicine's Class of 2018, and her parents feel that her research experience within the Department of Physiology helped her become a competitive candidate.

"Camille is so excited to enter medical school," says Usha Bourgeois. "She is very passionate about the city and wants to serve the medical needs of the people of New Orleans."

Giving back and supporting their community has been important to the entire Bourgeois family. When Warren and Usha were looking for a way to give back, the opportunity to support student research within the School of Medicine seemed like an ideal avenue.

“Now it is more important than ever for alumni to support the medical school because of the loss of government funding,” says Warren Bourgeois.  “Unless you live in New Orleans or went through Katrina it can be easy to forget where you came from; but it's important to remember that Tulane is a part of who you are today."

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