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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

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.

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.

Pondering Reality

November 6, 2018

Art & Design Assistant Professor Darren Houser's show "Real-Unreal" on view at the Duluth Art Institute.

Speed Research Presentations

November 6, 2018

Come see the creative project results of interdisciplinary motion and media research on Nov. 14.

Taking Aim at Cancer

November 1, 2018

Senior Kaija Kottke assists Dr. Venkatram Mereddy with cancer research from the molecular level and beyond.

Bog Hopping for Birds

October 29, 2018

Researchers tromped through the soft mounds of green in the boreal forest to hang bird houses to learn more about an elusive species.

Dr. Jennifer Brady Co-Edits New Book

October 25, 2018

Essays analyze notions of self in 21st century Spain.

The Painted Banquet

October 23, 2018

Commissioned work to be performed in Berlin on December 18.

Mining and Water Innovation Update

October 23, 2018

What did NRRI accomplish with $2.6 million in state funding? Started Minnesota on an exciting trajectory.

Geography Students Honored

October 23, 2018

The students, Julia Hogan and Lexi Weihe, received multiple prizes. 

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