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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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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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Facing the Challenges of Our Water Resources

June 14, 2017

Large Lakes Observatory graduate researchers tackle water quality issues faced by area communities.
LLO Director Robert Sterner in his lab next to a microscope

Robert Sterner Honored

March 30, 2017

LLO director receives John Martin Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. 
LLO Director Robert Sterner in his lab next to a microscope

Robert Sterner Honored

March 30, 2017

LLO director receives John Martin Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. 
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UMD Student Discovers New Galaxy

January 6, 2017

UMD researchers get a look at a new and extremely rare type of galaxy.
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The Running Life of a Student Researcher

January 6, 2017

Sheila Paintsil contributes to knowledge about cells and molecules.

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