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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

Getting to the Root of Wild Rice

August 29, 2018

Why do some wild rice restoration sites thrive while others don't? NRRI research is searching for answers.

Algae Bloom Draws National Attention

August 28, 2018

An unprecedented algae bloom along Lake Superior's south shore raises concerns about the changing climate and its effects on the lake.

NSF Funding

August 27, 2018

CLA Associate Dean Olaf Kuhlke has been funded by the National Science Foundation for arctic research on cultural entrepreneurship,

Beavers: Good or Bad For Ecosystems?

August 27, 2018

Building dams keeps beavers busy on Minnesota's North Shore streams. NRRI is studying their impact on hydrology and fish populations.

NRRI Celebrates 35 Years of Collaboration

August 19, 2018

NRRI highlights collaborative research spanning 35 years and gets excited for the future!

Mapping Emotions in the Twin Ports

August 11, 2018

Exploring the human experience in the local landscape.

NRRI Prototyping Moves Entrepreneur Idea Forward

August 9, 2018

Adventurous entrepreneur turns to NRRI to move idea to market.

Fantastic Fashion

August 6, 2018

From Stockholm to the American Swedish Institute, Art & Design student Gianna Jubie lives a colorful world.

SCSE Hosts STEM In Motion Camps

July 28, 2018

Swenson College of Science & Engineering is working to inspire the next generation of engineers.

The Blue Heron Drops Anchor in Milwaukee

July 24, 2018

The Large Lakes Observatory gives free tours at Discovery World.


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