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

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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

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NRRI turns up the heat on renewable energy

March 7, 2018

NRRI researches more biomass options for energy with new hydrothermal carbonization process at the Coleraine facility.
Ryuta Nakajima

The Art and Science of Sturgeon

March 6, 2018

UMD's Ryuta Nakajima mixes art and Great Lakes science.
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Pharmacy News

March 5, 2018

March 2018 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.
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Learning Through Storytelling

March 5, 2018

Professor David Syring is sparking his student's scholarly potential through digital storytelling.

Pharmacy News

March 4, 2018

March 2018 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.
Minnesota Sea Grant Harnessing the Power of Water Comic

MN Sea Grant: "Harnessing the Power of Water"

February 27, 2018

Minnesota Sea Grant's latest digital comic strip installment: Harnessing the Power of Water.
Nerd Night at UMD

Nerd Nite at UMD: Reading Without Walls Edition

February 26, 2018

Nerd Nite Duluth is coming to campus on Tues., March13. The program features UMD student presentations related to books and reading.
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Dr. Kathryn Milun to present a Ted-style talk.

February 23, 2018

On Wed., Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm, Dr. Kathryn Milun will present "Social Change Through Community Solar."
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Unprofitable Lignin to Become Valuable Plastic

February 6, 2018

Natural Resources Research Institute collaborates to move innovative technologies to commercialization.
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Amplifying the Message

February 6, 2018

UMD students design for upcoming NAACP dinner. 

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