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Where What Meets Why

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

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

Research Rewarded

December 11, 2018

UMD faculty members received Spring 2018 GIA awards.

NRRI Lab Moves Solid Biofuel to Commercialization

December 9, 2018

Forest management strategies in the Northwest results in excess biomass. NRRI is helping to turn it into a valuable fuel source.

Faculty Featured

December 9, 2018

Articles by ELWS faculty members David Beard and Elizabethada Wright are published in Media Ethics magazine.

Seeing Rocks Beneath the Surface

December 3, 2018

NRRI developed a tool to help MnDOT understand potential for sulfide-bearing rocks where road building is planned.

International Aquatic Endeavors

December 3, 2018

Visiting scholars from a French research institute collaborate with UMD.

Focus on Food

November 14, 2018

Everybody eats. Two events on Nov. 15 talk about food choices and their impacts. 

Thomas Peacock's "Homeward Journey"

November 12, 2018

With heritage and history, this new book tells one family's story.

Stopping the spiny water flea

November 12, 2018

A tiny invader is quietly undermining the base of the food chain for fish in our lakes.

Speed Research Presentations

November 7, 2018

Come see the creative project results of interdisciplinary motion and media research on Nov. 14.

GIS Fest at UMD

November 7, 2018

The Geospatial Analysis Center at UMD will host GIS Fest on Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018, from 1-5 pm in the Kirby Ballroom.

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