About Centers and Institutes

The University of Minnesota is home to over 300 research, education, and outreach centers and institutes. This listing will help you identify, learn about, and contact these units.

Interested in partnering with a center or institute? Please contact the Office for Public Engagement.

Center and Institute staff needing to make updates to this list, please contact centers@umn.edu.

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Genocide, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies, Center for

 The mission of the Center for Genocide, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies is:

  • to provide quality programming for the UMD campus
  • to make the issues that the Center raises a part of campus dialog. To that end,
  • we will invite speakers to discuss and debate topics regarding genocide, Holocaust, and human rights
  • we will collaborate with groups on campus in our programming
  • we will conduct outreach to schools in order to assist the teachers of our region in promoting discussion and instruction on issues relevant to the Center
  • we will encourage student involvement in the work of the Center and in the pursuit of further study on issues of genocide, the Holocaust, and human rights
  • we will introduce to the UMD community timely and frequent discussion of issues, local or global, relevant to the work of the Center.
Campus and College: Duluth
Alexis Pogorelskin
+1 218 726 7548
Last updated: June 23, 2015

Genome Engineering, Center for

The mission of the Center for Genome Engineering (CGE) is to develop and disseminate the tools that enable efficient, responsible genome engineering. At the heart of CGE’s genome engineering technology are transposable elements – segments of DNA capable of changing their chromosomal position or moving from one DNA molecule to another.  Transposable elements constitute a large portion of DNA in many organisms.  They naturally shape the genetic code by causing mutations, rearrangements and sequence duplications.  CGE scientists are harnessing these naturally occurring genome engineers to enable precise changes to the genetic code.

Daniel Voytas
+1 612 624 0653
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Genomics Center

The University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC) provides genomics research services committed to advancing genomics in Minnesota. The UMGC maintains and acquires state-of-the-art instrumentation and offers an array of services including sequencing, expression, genotyping, nucleic acid extraction and related support. 

Kenneth Beckman
+ 612 625 7736
Last updated: April 5, 2017

Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Minnesota Hartford Center of

The Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (MnHCGNE) was established in 2007 with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.  We are one of nine Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the country.  Our mission is to advance the care of older adults by preparing outstanding nursing faculty from diverse backgrounds who can provide leadership in strengthening geriatric nursing at all levels of academic nursing programs. MnHCGNE seeks to increase the number of faculty teaching geriatric nursing in associate and higher degree programs in the Upper Midwest region and in tribal colleges.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Nursing
Jean Wyman
+1 612 626 8872
Last updated: January 16, 2015

German and European Studies, Center for

Devoted to the development of the next generation of scholars and the production of new knowledge relating to Germany and Europe, the Center for German and European Studies supports research, teaching, and community engagement in a broad range of fields and disciplines. The Center is a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Center of Excellence.  The Center funds a unique series of Research Collaboratives that focus on contemporary Germany and Europe from a Trans-Atlantic perspective and involve faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars. Since 2009, a special grant from Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology helps fund a transatlantic forum on health policy and an exchange on renewable energy policy that involves Minnesota and German legislators, government officials and other experts. Special projects foster international internship experiences for undergraduate students majoring in art, humanities, and social science disciplines.

James A. Parente
+1 612 626 7705
Last updated: February 23, 2017

Gerontological Nursing, Center for

Its goals are to: Facilitate research on health promotion, symptom management, health restoration, and care delivery for aging adults and elders; promote research training and career development in gerontological nursing; foster scholarly inquiry and collaboration among faculty, students, and community partners; and disseminate research findings to local, state, national, and international audiences.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Nursing
Jean Wyman
+1 612 626 8872
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Global Change, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) has the following objectives:

  • To foster an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural community of faculty and students committed to studying global change.
  • To provide intellectual and financial support for graduate/professional students focusing on the global south.
  • To provide graduate/professional student grants for internships and predissertation fieldwork in the global south.
  • To organize interdisciplinary seminars and workshops on theoretical, comparative and methodological issues related to global change and offer ICGC scholars a graduate minor in Development Studies and Social Change.
  • To present formal public lectures and informal discussion series by scholars and practitioners.
  • To collaborate with Dillard University, Tougaloo College and University of Minnesota, Morris, in a multi-year Honors Program in International Studies for U.S. undergraduate students of color headed for graduate school.
  • To develop transnational scholarly partnerships with universities and other institutions in the global south.
Karen Brown
Eric Sheppard
+1 612 624 0832
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Global Health and Social Responsibility, Center for

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) is part of the Academic Health Center (AHC). Together with schools and colleges across the University we:

  • Champion institution-level partnerships to create a global portfolio of research, education, and engagement.
  • Convene and coordinate faculty and administrative leaders across the University of Minnesota with a commitment to global health. 
  • Engage students, faculty, and staff in interdisciplinary global opportunities.
  • Develop strategic partnerships to enhance the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally, and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.
Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Shailey Prasad
+ 612 624 9082
Last updated: August 11, 2017

Global Pediatrics, Division of

The Division of Global Pediatrics was founded at the University of Minnesota in 2005, starting as the Center for Global Pediatrics. Our focus has been on insuring the best possible possible health for children worldwide through our programs in research, education and clinical care. Among our earliest initiatives at the University of Minnesota was the establishment of a global health track for pediatric and medicine-pediatric residents, which has graduated 85 residents with global health certification through 2014. We published and have implemented the first competency-based residency curriculum in global child health in the US. Our research focuses on the interactions between infection, nutrition and neurodevelopment, and we conduct research studies in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and the United States. Clinical care is provided through our international adoption clinic, the first such clinic in the country. Today, the Division benefits from the research, teaching and clinical talents of 10 core faculty, 4 affiliate faculty, 3 adjunct faculty and 9 associate faculty worldwide.

Chandy John
+1 612 625 8383
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Global Studies, Institute for

The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) creates an environment for students and scholars at the University of Minnesota to investigate the sets of interrelated processes forming today's increasingly interdependent world. IGS provides a vibrant curriculum for students, brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, and works with the community to create partnerships examining global issues.

Evelyn Davidheiser
+1 612 624 9007
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Goldstein Museum of Design

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD), part of the College of Design, is an internationally recognized teaching museum and research center that advances the understanding and appreciation of design and cultivates an awareness that designed objects can contribute to quality of life through effective solutions to human challenges and aesthetic satisfaction.  GMD presents exhibitions in McNeal and Rapson Halls.  Its 29,000 object collection features apparel, textiles,  decorative arts, furniture, and graphic design for study by students, researchers, and the public.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, College of Design
Lin Nelson-Mayson
+1 612 624 7434
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) is dedicated to developing and improving economically and environmentally sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research.  The GLMRI was established in 2004 to pursue research efforts in marine transportation, logistics, economics, engineering, environmental planning, and port management. The US Maritime Administration designated GLMRI as a National Maritime Enhancement Institute in June 2005.  GLMRI represents a consortium of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center and the University of Minnesota Duluth Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

Campus and College: Duluth
Carol Wolosz
+1 218 726 7446
Last updated: January 16, 2015

GroupLens Center for Social and Human-Centered Computing

The GroupLens Center for Social and Human-Centered Computing is focused on advancing the the theory and practice of social computing by building and understanding systems used by real people.  Based in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the GroupLens Center houses leading research on recommender systems, peer production systems, technology-mediated social computing, location-based interaction and data, and the peer economy.  It also provides a core background in the methods and practice of human-centered computing, including user interface design process, principles, and technologies.  As part of its mission, the center builds, operates, and studies live social computing systems with hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of users.

Joseph A. Konstan
Last updated: August 16, 2016