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August 2021  •  Read online

Meet Michael Oakes, Interim Vice President for Research


Oakes, who took on the role following previous VP Chris Cramer's departure earlier this year, oversees the $1+ billion systemwide research enterprise.

From ‘Weed’ to ‘Worthwhile’: Pennycress Makes Cover Cropping Viable


Through a combination of basic and applied science, researchers are bringing growers an economically feasible way to better protect soil and water.

Research Projects Return to State Fair after COVID Interruption


At the Great Minnesota “Get-Back-Together,” fairgoers will once again have the opportunity to participate in world-class university research.

A Better Environment, Not Slower Aging, Increases Life Expectancy


Research suggests nature has placed constraints on how much the underlying rate of aging can be slowed, even as nutrition and public health improve.

Fall 2021 Grant-in-Aid Opens for Applications


The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Program supports scholarly and artistic activities of faculty to foster excellence at UMN.


What Climate Change and Droughts Mean for Our Future

Learning from Llamas, UMN Scientists Develop a Candidate COVID-19 Drug

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund invests $8.75 million in invasive species research at UMN

The Secrets of Hidden Waterways

How Organizations Can Recruit and Retain Employees

Minnesota Educators, Families, and Students Agree Support Is Needed for Mental Health and Deeper Engagement Statewide


UMII-MnDRIVE PhD Graduate Assistantship Program 2022

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship Program supports UMN PhD candidates pursuing research at the intersection of informatics and any of the five MnDRIVE research areas. The program aims to support approximately 10 research assistantships lasting 12 months (two semesters and one summer), including tuition for up to 14 credits each semester (fall and spring) and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan. 

Deadline: October 1, 2021


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