University of Minnesota Duluth
Department of Geology at the University of Minnesota Duluth
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$3,000 Grant Available for UMD Students

The William E. & Jean Crain Named Grant is awarded annually to a deserving Geology student attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth, through the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grants-in-Aid Program, and is endowed by the AAPG Foundation with generous contributions from William & Jean Crain. Read more and apply here

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Situated on the shore of the world's largest freshwater lake, with everything from Precambrian craton to Pleistocene glacial deposits at our doorstep, we enjoy tremendous geological diversity in a haven for outdoor activity. Explore our program and contact us any time.

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Lessons from the Landscape
geomorphologist Karen Gran and students

Karen Gran and students

Karen Gran sees what most of us never recognize – how the land changes shape when touched by volcanoes, waves, wind, and rain. She is a geomorphologist, a scientist who seeks to understand landform dynamics through field observations and physical experiments.

Gran, an associate professor of geological sciences in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, often shares her enthusiasm for research with her students, and that process offers UMD students remarkable opportunities. (Read more in the full story by Cheryl Reitan, UMD External Relation)












Our mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the highest quality earth science education. We take great pride in a strong tradition of undergraduate geology, with many opportunities for field-based study and independent research. Our commitment to undergraduate education is reflected in our highly rated undergraduate research program. Our MS and PhD programs offer opportunities for research in a wide range of fields, from solid-earth geology and tectonics, to Quaternary and climate studies, lacustrine geochemistry, basin modeling, economic geology, and planetary geology. Recent additions to our expanding faculty reflect a strong commitment to teaching and research in the most vital areas of earth science today.