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Research at The University of Vermont

Research at UVM

The scope of research at the University of Vermont is broad and diverse, including the fields of human health, energy, food systems, neuroscience, complex systems, animal science, the environment and more. Our community of scholars are engaged in research and discovery that will lead to solutions to the grand challenges (water, food, energy, security, health and healthcare) we face as a people and a planet today, and must overcome to ensure a safe, sustainable and prosperous tomorrow.

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Never has our role as a public research university been as important as it is today. We seek global solutions to grand challenges, but we also take seriously our role in creating jobs, helping build the state's knowledge economy and contributing to sustainable economic growth in Vermont and across the region. Equally important is our role in preparing graduates for success in a complex and ever-evolving world.

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Video Showcase: Joshua Bongard, Ph.D.

Want to build a really tough robot? Forget about Terminator. Instead, watch a tadpole turn into a frog. Read more about Joshua Bongard >>


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For more than two centuries, the University of Vermont has engaged in research leading to scientific advances, technological innovation, economic development and enhanced quality of life. The scale and ethos at UVM provides the ideal environment for the personal connections and scholarly collaborations that lead to innovative cross-disciplinary research — a hallmark of our enterprise and a key to our success.

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Researcher Showcase: Paul Bierman, Ph.D.

If the whole Greenland ice sheet — which covers more than 80 percent of the country — were to melt, global sea level would rise twenty-three feet, drowning coastal cities on every continent. Read more >>

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When Good Compost Goes Big

With Vermont’s new universal recycling law slated to ban landfilling of yard waste by summer 2016, and of food scraps by 2020, composting will soon be required. “And we will likely have a lot more compost in Vermont to spread around,” says Stephanie Hurley, a professor UVM’s Plant and Soil Science Department.

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