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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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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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Marten Habitat Research Informs Forest Planning

November 22, 2016

A need to nest in old tree cavities means the American marten has something to tell us about long-range forest planning.
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'Tern' for the Better

September 7, 2016

Donning hard hat, ear plugs and muck boots, NRRI scientist Annie Bracey prepares to get screamed at and pooped on.
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Students Unravel Minnesota Wolf DNA

August 25, 2016

Have you ever seen a wolf in its natural habitat? If you have, consider yourself one of a lucky few.
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Company Expands with Product Development Help from NRRI

August 2, 2016

Nurturing natural resources, while also using those resources for economic prosperity, is at the heart of NRRI’s mission.

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