Blue Heron Research Vessel Acquired
This research vessel, acquired in 1997, provides important Lake Superior fresh water research by UMD professors with worldwide significance and global implications.
Attracting the Best and Brightest
A Best of Class Scholarship Program was established in 1999 to attract first and second ranked high school students in every high school graduating class throughout Minnesota. Since its inception, approximately 2,660 students have received the scholarships.
In 2002 UMD established an Honors Program for high-achieving students.
The Mortar Board National Honor Society inducted UMD into membership in 2009.
UMD created an American Indian Teacher Education Group in 2001 and in 2003 graduated the largest American Indian Teacher Education Group in Minnesota history. The Gekinoo’imaagejig (“The Ones Who Teach”) continues to be a successful, unique collaboration with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and UMD.
UMD has several high quality research and service centers such as NRRI, the Sea Grant Institution and the Center for Economic Development.
UMD is a leader in the national Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This connection was established in 1988 but even as early as the 1950s, undergraduates were taking on roles in the vital research community.
UMD attracts exceptional faculty as well. Small Grants for faculty research and travel are awarded to approximately 135 individuals each year. Over $250,000 has been awarded since 1999 to fund proposals to increase faculty diversity.
The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy expanded to the Duluth campus in fall 2003.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) opened in 2007 as the first doctoral program to be delivered entirely from the UMD campus.
The unique, cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Integrated Biosciences, established in 2008, is one of only four in the nation.
The average yearly amount raised is $8.5 million with recent three years topping the $10 million mark. Tuition, research grants, and legislative funding have also supported UMD’s work. UMD faculty research and federal grants bring in approximately $20 million to UMD per year.
UMD’s enrollment has grown. It was 1,450 in 1947, 4,800 in 1967, 6,900 in 1987, and nearly 11,800 in the 2010-11 school year. From 1947 – 2011, the number of buildings has grown from four to 54, the number of full-time faculty has grown from 65 to 480, and the number of degree programs has increased from 19 undergraduate programs to 75 undergraduate programs and 23 graduate programs.