Faculty Research

Faculty research at the University of St. Thomas engages the world’s big questions, pressing challenges, and greatest needs. From actuarial scientists to world religion scholars, faculty live out our commitment to the common good while engaging in scholarship that contributes to their disciplines, advances knowledge, and creates new solutions. Research opportunities for students at all levels are part of scholarly work at St. Thomas, where we not only create the next generation of scholarship but of scholars.

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Mission-Driven Scholarship

Our university convictions call for commitments to faith and reason and to the pursuit of truth. Many of our faculty engage in scholarship grounded in Catholic intellectual tradition and aimed toward fostering dialogue around the world’s big questions. The goal? Making contributions toward the flourishing of human culture and the earth we inhabit. Through research fellowships and partnerships with mission-based organizations, faculty can fully explore all aspects of mission-centered work.

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The Right Fit

St. Thomas is the perfect size for faculty looking to conduct hands-on research. As the largest private university in Minnesota, faculty have robust research opportunities but are still able to maintain a balanced academic course load. Additionally, faculty have access to:

  • Cutting edge lab spaces
  • High speed computing resources
  • Community partnerships with government and private industry leveraging a large Tommie alumni network
  • Unique internal grant opportunities as well as support for external funding
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Community Engagement

Research that advances the common good is core to our mission and highly valued at St. Thomas. Faculty across campus – often engaging in interdisciplinary projects – work in partnership with community organizations to address particular needs and create real-world solutions in local, national and global communities. Faculty partner with nonprofit and faith-based communities, school districts, and community-based and grassroots organizations in order to celebrate, document, and develop community resources, interventions and responses.

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Location, Location, Location

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are in one of the nation’s top 25 metro areas. Our faculty have access to a rich network of partners for scholarly work – from Fortune 500 companies and vibrant non-profits to leaders in the world of health care, education and government. Our faculty develop solutions and test interventions, rooted in our local community but with global impact.