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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

Faculty Featured

December 9, 2018

Articles by ELWS faculty members David Beard and Elizabethada Wright are published in Media Ethics magazine.

Seeing Rocks Beneath the Surface

December 3, 2018

NRRI developed a tool to help MnDOT understand potential for sulfide-bearing rocks where road building is planned.

International Aquatic Endeavors

December 3, 2018

Visiting scholars from a French research institute collaborate with UMD.

Fresh Foundations

November 25, 2018

Tweed exhibit spotlights freshman work and creates interclass connections.

Focus on Food

November 14, 2018

Everybody eats. Two events on Nov. 15 talk about food choices and their impacts. 

Stopping the spiny water flea

November 12, 2018

A tiny invader is quietly undermining the base of the food chain for fish in our lakes.

Thomas Peacock's "Homeward Journey"

November 12, 2018

With heritage and history, this new book tells one family's story.

Ingenuity and Drive

November 8, 2018

Bulldog Rocketry Club reaches new heights.

GIS Fest at UMD

November 7, 2018

The Geospatial Analysis Center at UMD will host GIS Fest on Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018, from 1-5 pm in the Kirby Ballroom.

Undergraduate Research and Artistic Showcase

November 7, 2018

Students are discussing their research on topics ranging from load distribution on the Blatnik Bridge to yoga’s ability to ease stress.

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