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Faculty Accolades and Alumni Accomplishments


Norman Borlaug
Alumnus Norman Borlaug, Ph.D. '42, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for contributions to the Green Revolution, and he continued his work to end world hunger until he died. He is shown here in Mexico in 2000.

Many of our 3,500 professors have won prestigious awards, including 26 Nobel Prizes and 88 Guggenheim Fellowships. They conduct amazing research that helps solve some of the world's most pressing problems. If you are especially interested in research, you can search the Experts@Minnesota database to find many of the research areas our faculty members are engaged in.

Our prestigious group of graduates include U.S. and foreign diplomats, Olympians, and accomplished scientists, authors, and artists; collectively our alumni have founded 19,000 companies. Alumnus Norman Borlaug (Ph.D. '42) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for contributions to the Green Revolution through his development of disease-resistance wheat. Samuel Kaplan, who earned both an undergraduate and law degree from the University, served as Ambassador to Morocco from 2009 to 2013. Read about some of our outstanding international alumni who have received the University's Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals and our Alumni Profiles.  

The Scholars Walk and the Wall of Discovery on campus celebrate the research and classroom accomplishments of our faculty and students.