Swenson College of Science and Engineering


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Swenson College of Science and Engineering

The Swenson College of Science and Engineering embodies:

  • Education: We prepare students for success by adhering to our strong tradition of teaching while incorporating active, hands-on experience. Join us in building today’s workforce and tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Research: We partner with regional industry to solve problems with local, national and international impact. Join us in answering real-world challenges with real-world solutions.

  • Outreach: We serve Northern Minnesota and beyond by engaging in science education and communication. Join us in creating opportunities for women and minorities in STEM.

Claire Anderson working in a science lab.

Claire Anderson says her scholarship gives her time to reach out to the community. "It really helps, and it's cool to be recognized."

Together, our investments in science and engineering education drive discovery in our students, our community and our world. Claire Anderson is a powerhouse who serves as president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), follows her research passion in green energy, keeps up with her chemical engineering classes, and teaches ballet. Claire Anderson and SWE are orchestrating an event, "Mommy, Me, and SWE," to help young girls and their moms have fun with engineering. Her scholarships give her time to reach out to the community. "They really help, and it's cool to be recognized," she says.

Giving Priorities

Department of Biology

Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Computer Science

Department of Electrical Engineering

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics 

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Department of Physics and Astronomy 

Department of Aerospace Studies and AFROTC 

Department of Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) 

Department of Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) 

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology is the hub for fundamental biological sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Faculty and students in the Department of Biology form a collaborative network that conducts cutting-edge research which furthers our understanding of the natural world and finds application in fields from conservation to biomedical sciences. Donations provide program support, student financial assistance and assistance for research.

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Department of Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering seeks excellence in engineering education and research by using modern, hands-on, and active learning experiences to prepare undergraduate students for professional success, and to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties. Your donations support research, scholarships and student activities. 

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing scientific solutions that address societal needs in an increasingly complex, diverse, and dynamic world. This commitment is demonstrated in our support of the professional and personal development of our undergraduate and graduate students.  

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Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering prepares graduates for professional practice and graduate study through a program firmly based in strong technical skills, fundamentals, hands-on learning, sustainability, and professionalism. Our graduates are prepared to address real-world problems with real-world solutions.

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Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science balances formal classroom instruction with hands-on learning opportunities. Students gain real-world experience collaborating with faculty on projects, and work with state of the art equipment. Your generous donations help students enter their chosen profession with the ability to adapt to change and innovation.

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Department of Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers challenging hands-on laboratory and design components, in conjunction with a thorough foundation in theory. Through research and scholarships, your donations equip students to be make lifelong contributions to their profession and to society.

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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences incorporates a strong tradition of undergraduate geology, and many opportunities for field-based study and independent research. The geosciences combine science, engineering and math to create an understanding of our physical environment and critical economic, political and ethical issues.

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics responds to the ever-increasing demands for the mathematical sciences in today's society by providing an integrated set of academic and research programs designed to prepare students for careers in business, industry, education, and government. Faculty seek to develop critical thinking with broad exposure to many areas within the mathematical sciences.

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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering strives to deliver a laboratory-intensive undergraduate mechanical engineering education to provide students with the tools and skills to excel in theengineering profession, as they pursue lifelong learning and make positive contributions to society.

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Mark Kallevig at a chalkboard

The UMD Physics Department’s Dedicated Faculty Scholarship allows physics major Mark Kallevig to pursue a double major in physics and electrical engineering. “I like to solve problems, and UMD gives me challenges.”

Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a launching pad for exploration and discovery of the universe. Faculty and students team up to search beyond the basic rules of the behavior of matter and energy.

Through work on research at the forefront of science our graduates are prepared for a future that holds exciting opportunities and exhilarating breakthroughs.

From spending five days on a research vessel on Lake Superior to becoming the president of UMD’s Chapter of the Society of Physics Students, junior Mark Kallevig has made strong connections at UMD. He appreciates the Dedicated Faculty scholarship because it allows him to pursue a double major in physics and electrical engineering. “I like to solve problems and UMD gives me  challenges, like the Physics Olympiad and a mathematical modeling competition.”

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Department of Aerospace Studies and AFROTC

Detachment 420 of the Air Force ROTC prepares young men and women for an air force commission as soon as they earn their degree. The department offers a curriculum focusing on Air Force history, leadership, management and professionalism partnered with the real world application of organizational leadership and management skills.

Large Lakes Observatory (LLO)

The Large Lakes Observatory is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. LLO has a global outlook and an international reputation with field programs and collaborators on six continents. LLO provides unique research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

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Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC)

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) is a student workforce-driven geographic information systems (GIS) services organization with statewide visibility and relevance. GAC has a decade-long record of external contract work with state agencies, counties, and regional organizations. The Center's staff also provides assistance in classrooms and research projects across campus.

Give to the Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC)

Research Instrumentation Laboratory (RIL)

The Research Instrumentation Laboratory (RIL) is a shared instrumentation facility that houses and maintains major analytical instruments such as scanning electron microscope for research and teaching.  RIL also provides analytical services to local technology businesses.  Financial support from donors helps RIL continue to advance scientific learning and exploration.