College of Design
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Research Opportunities


Research and work in the College of Design is concerned with understanding human relationships and interactions with our environments.


Please read about specific areas of research below:

Also see the College of Design's Research and Outreach section, for information about research and scholarship across the college.


Both basic and applied research are part of discovery scholarship in the college. The expansive range of discovery scholarship in CDes gives our college extraordinary breadth and flexibility with which to perceive, respond to, collaborate on, and shape issues of concern to society.


Research support is also provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, as well as by the public and private sectors. The Graduate School annually distributes:

  • $6 million in competitive fellowships to students
  • $6 million in competitive research support and endowed professorship support to faculty

The University of Minnesota ranks among the top research universities receiving federal research money.


As a world class university, the university library is also one of the best in the world. It contains a collection of more than 5.7 million catalogued volumes and over 45,000 serials, and ranks 17th in size among American universities.

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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