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Faculty and students at UMD work together to achieve milestones in research, creative fields and scholarship.

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Research and Creative Activity at UMD

At UMD, our shared passion for discovery fuels innovation and creativity across the five colleges. Faculty and students work together to produce high-quality research that benefits people in Minnesota and beyond. Whether they’re discovering new galaxies or composing original music for a theatre production, Bulldogs are changing the world.

Each year, UMD’s colleges and research institutions receive $20 million in external research funding. This support ensures UMD can continue to preserve Minnesota’s natural resources, build a strong regional economy, and foster global engagement among students.

Broader Impact

  • UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture Project produced 30 tons of organically-grown food in 2016/17

  • In 2015, the Natural Resources Research Institute delivered $7.7 million of research on the Great Lakes coastal zones.

Research News

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Students Curate 4th Floor Exhibit

January 9, 2018

Students from UMD's History of the English Language course used materials from the Ramseyer Collection to create display.
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NRRI Gets Onboard to Blast Invasives on Ships

January 8, 2018

Research to stem the transport of aquatic invasive species led NRRI researchers on globetrotting adventures in 2017.
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Keeping It Cool for North Shore Trout

December 27, 2017

NRRI collaborated with Trout Unlimited. 
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Connecting Tribal Leaders

November 16, 2017

MTAG student Vivienna Orcutt puts the skills she's learning at UMD to the test. 
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DISCOVER UROP Opportunities

September 10, 2017

E-Fest is a job and internship fair for UMD students and recent alumni.
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Manager, Scientist & Future Grad Student

September 6, 2017

Some students arrive at college knowing exactly what they want to do. For the rest of us....  
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Seeing the Forest for the Bats

August 17, 2017

It's the dead of night in the middle of nowhere. UMD researchers are hard at work.... 
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Nourishment from Nature

July 31, 2017

UMD students embrace the Nature Play movement. 
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Knauss Fellow Finalist

July 11, 2017

Because South Dakota does not have a Sea Grant program, student kept an eye out for Minnesota competition announcement. 
UMD winners in computer science

Byte by Byte

June 14, 2017

UMD women in Computer Science earn top prizes.

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