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Research. For safer bridges.

Making our infrastructure safer, longer.

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

Three people in a lift, under a bridge.

Making our infrastructure safer, longer

April 19, 2019

UMD's civil engineering researchers are working to improve aging roads and bridges.

Duluth Demonstration Fills City Potholes

April 10, 2019

What happens when you mix innovation with waste rock and potholes? Hopefully, a new road repair that lasts.

Mind and Motion

April 7, 2019

Jacob Kluver's undergraduate research helps the track and field team succeed.

Markets for Recycled Paper, Reducing Plastics

April 4, 2019

NRRI helps inventor develop compostable food trays using local recycled paper pulp to reduce food service plastics.

Explorers of the Inland Seas

April 1, 2019

UMN Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory marks 25 years of discovery.

Sometimes It’s Not Good to be Green

March 25, 2019

Greening of lakes will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Confronting Violence and Inequality in Honduras

March 25, 2019

Student Kayla Ness and Dr. Shannon Drysdale Walsh tackle human rights issues in Latin America.

Weaving Stories of Women

March 24, 2019

In the Night of Memory collects truth, history, and imagination.

Leading Through Fitness

March 19, 2019

Maddy Johnson has immersed herself at UMD and in the community to promote health and wellness. 

Fifth Annual REIF

March 18, 2019

The Regional Economic Indicators Forum breakfast will be held Tuesday, April 2 at the DECC, Harbor Side Ballroom. 

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