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Duluth's Blatnik Bridge at sunset

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

Preserving Duluth’s Housing History

January 13, 2019

Student creates housing index for Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives.

Brewing up Coffee Research

January 9, 2019

Master's student learns from local coffee shop about fair trade coffee sources.

SCSE Highlights for December 2018

January 8, 2019

Highlighting Swenson College of Science & Engineering faculty and staff achievements from December of 2018.

Spiritual Care

January 7, 2019

A Master of Social Work student explores medicine, religion, and the cycles of life.

NRRI student researcher heads to D.C.

January 3, 2019

NRRI gives graduate student research opportunities that lead to Knauss Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Research Grants

January 2, 2019

UMD faculty members received fall 2018 GIA awards.

Archiving Canal Park's Transformation in Time

December 18, 2018

Students document the history of Canal Park through story maps.

Solar for Zambia

December 17, 2018

SCSE graduate student BJ Allen brings solar panels to health clinics in Africa.

Research Rewarded

December 11, 2018

UMD faculty members received Spring 2018 GIA awards.

NRRI Lab Moves Solid Biofuel to Commercialization

December 9, 2018

Forest management strategies in the Northwest results in excess biomass. NRRI is helping to turn it into a valuable fuel source.

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