What is a Research University?
You ask, “What’s unique about a public research university?” The short answer is this. It’s the place where people search for new knowledge. And that new knowledge creates businesses, lifts communities, and changes lives. And here’s the key… It’s not just our faculty that produce new knowledge. Just look at what these University of Minnesota students are doing. Joseph is helping create an artificial cornea that will be implantable in patients worldwide. Ashley is testing the effects of wastewater on neighboring farmlands. Nick is designing software for prototype toys his team will present to kids and industry professionals. Lindsey is finding out whether a tiny bug could endanger Minnesota’s 930 million ash trees. Jared is creating molecular storage devices for electronics. Jeff is monitoring the health extremes along the North Shore Scott is designing underwater turbine that will produce power without having to dam a river. Abby’s analyzing markets to help small businesses grow. Carolyn created a volunteer program to bring healthcare to the homeless while she completed medical school and trained for the Olympics. Toby is experimenting with energy-producing crops that will maintain soil quality. Summer is extending the art of storytelling through dance and choreography. Two-thirds of these students will stay here when they graduate. They’ll be our leaders and our entrepreneurs, They’ll be our smart workforce for new and growing industries. They’ll be our teachers and healers, our artists and engineers. They’ll make Minnesota a vibrant place to live.