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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Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center (WRC) provides leadership in freshwater management through cutting-edge research, educational opportunities for students and professionals, and community outreach. For students, WRC provides a critical link to water-resources professionals and access to all the University’s water-related programs. For citizens and professionals, WRC provides oversight of community-based programs and training and assistance with issues related to impaired waters, stormwater management, agricultural practices and global water issues.
Authorized by Congress as one of the nation’s 54 water resources research institutes, we also connect the research expertise at the University to research problems at the national level.

Deborah Swackhamer
Faye Sleeper
+1 612 624 9282
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum is an active center for displaying artwork and for live performances, lectures, and other cultural activities. Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum's collection features early 20th century American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of contemporary art. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.

Campus and College: Twin Cities
Lyndel King
+1 612 625 9494
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center

The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center was created to facilitate development of clinical, translational, and basic research on muscular dystrophy, to enhance and support clinical care of patients with muscular dystrophy, to improve educational experience for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students interested in the fields of basic and clinical muscle research, and to increase interaction and support from the regional community of patients and families concerned about muscular dystrophy.

Daniel Garry
+1 612 626 0822
Last updated: July 29, 2015

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center

The WCHRC was established in 1971 under funding provided by the Minnesota Historical Society and contains materials from the greater west central Minnesota region. Counties represented in the collection include Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift, and Traverse. Materials include oral histories, business and cooperative records, personal papers and government and institutional documents.

Steve Gross
+1 320 589 6172
Last updated: August 11, 2017

West Central Research and Outreach Center

The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) performs research in the following areas: agronomy, soils and water quality; dairy production systems and pasture grazing management; environmental horticulture and display garden materials; irrigation water management; swine nutrition and alternative housing systems;and wind and biomass renewable energy systems.

Campus and College: Morris
Lee Johnston
+1 320 589 1711
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Women and Girls in Sport, Tucker Center for Research on

Since its inception, the Tucker Center has provided centralization, organization, scientific excellence, and national leadership on issues of great national and local significance. Through its direction and leadership, it encourages researchers, policy makers, educators, parents and practitioners to work together to better the lives of girls and women in ways that go far beyond the playing fields.

Mary Jo Kane
+1 612 625 7327
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Women and Public Policy, Center on

The Center on Women and Public Policy is the nation's first complete teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to women and public policy. Since 1985, the Center on Women and Public Policy (CWPP) has used gender analysis to challenge fundamental assumptions about politics, law, and economics on issues ranging from human rights to judicial selection and independence.

Debra Fitzpatrick
+1 612 625 7176
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Women's Health, Powell Center for

The Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health, A National Center of Excellence, is focused on promoting, facilitating and disseminating research on women’s health.

Vision: To be well-funded, recognized experts in women’s mental health, infectious disease, and heart disease, obesity and diabetes prevention.

Mission: To catalyze partnerships that impact the health of women and their communities.

Nancy Raymond
+1 612 626 1125
Last updated: July 29, 2015

World Heritage Studies, Center for

The Center for World Heritage Studies is dedicated to research and education in the protection, conservation, and enhancement of global heritage.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, College of Design
Arthur Chen
+1 612 624 4960
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Writing, Center for

Through individual consultations and in partnership with academic departments, the Center for Writing supports students and educators who practice, teach with, and research writing at the University of Minnesota, throughout the state, and around the world. To fulfill this mission, the Center encourages the development of writers and the use of writing as a tool for critical thinking, learning, and communicating in all fields; promotes expanded understandings of what writing is and how it works in the world; and develops and communicates current knowledge and research about writing and writing pedagogy.

Kirsten Jamsen
+1 612 626 7579
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Wulling Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Pharmacy Education (W-CISPE)

The Wulling Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Pharmacy Education (W-CISPE) advances pharmacy education by supporting our member faculty and fostering collaborative relationships. We are dedicated to focused and deliberate educational innovations and rigorous educational scholarship.

Campus and College: College of Pharmacy (Twin Cities)
Kristin Kari Janke, PhD
+ 612 626 4648
Last updated: July 11, 2017