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Research. For safer bridges.

Making our infrastructure safer, longer.

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 Stories

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Knauss Fellow Finalist

July 11, 2017

Because South Dakota does not have a Sea Grant program, student kept an eye out for Minnesota competition announcement. 

Knauss Fellow Finalist

July 10, 2017

Because South Dakota does not have a Sea Grant program, student kept an eye out for Minnesota competition announcement.

Groundbreaking for Innovative Research

July 9, 2017

Ceremony for UMD’s Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building is scheduled.

Integrated Intercultural Development

June 22, 2017

Classroom scholarship by Assistant Professor Paula J. Pedersen informs research published in new book.

Grand Challenges for the Great Lakes

June 20, 2017

Scientists identify five grand challenges facing the Great Lakes.

The Awareness Project

June 18, 2017

Professor uses design to generate positive change.
UMD winners in computer science

Byte by Byte

June 14, 2017

UMD women in Computer Science earn top prizes.
students standing by a river

Facing the Challenges of Our Water Resources

June 14, 2017

Large Lakes Observatory graduate researchers tackle water quality issues faced by area communities.

UROP project at RIL

April 18, 2017

An EES undergraduate completes his UROP project at RIL.
LLO Director Robert Sterner in his lab next to a microscope

Robert Sterner Honored

March 30, 2017

LLO director receives John Martin Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. 

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