Abolishing Hunger

Feeding the world’s growing population on its finite and often endangered resources is a challenge for the ages. We’re working across disciplines to abolish hunger.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

In order to close the opportunity gap for healthy child development in Minnesota and across the nation, researchers are changing the conversation from one of achievement to one of opportunity. We’re tackling the opportunity gap from every angle.

Ending Addiction

Taking on the twin challenges of ending addiction to painkilling drugs and preventing relapse during recovery by finding the root causes of these conditions. We’re tackling addiction from every angle.

Protecting Human Rights

Finding justice for thousands who disappeared in a drug war. Restoring human dignity to millions after a civil war. Solving urgent problems of inequality in a local neighborhood. We’re protecting human rights from every angle.

We are #UMNdriven


“Design reflects and shapes culture. Design can be art and self expression, but also has a purpose to influence other people. Not everyone gets the opportunity to let their message be heard.”

Sarah J. ’17
Graphic Design


“My favorite thing about the U... the people here. Everywhere you go, in your classes, clubs, and social settings, there are a huge variety of backgrounds and personalities. It makes for a more interesting place.”

Jamie ’16
Finance, Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurial Management


“My time at the U so far has been about creating new opportunities for my future. I eventually want to go on to PT school to become a physical therapist. And of course, I want to make my mom proud.”

Jimmy ’18


“Throughout my years at the U, taking one opportunity has opened the door for another opportunity and pushed me out of my comfort zone, which has helped me figure out what I want to do and where I want to go with the rest of my life. This last semester I want to remember all of the hard work I've done in the past 3 and a half years and use that to finish out the year strong.”

Hannah ’16
Biological Sciences


“I think proper communication is important for solving problems in society. People misconstrue things all the time. I think words are very powerful and often times not valued. People say things and don’t care about the context.”

Zach S. ’17
Strategic Communication