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Fueled by curiosity, our researchers are deciphering the building blocks of life, creating profound expressions of culture and discovering innovations that will shape the world of tomorrow. We've been doing thisfor more than 140 years.

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Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada 's Research Support Fund.

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Areas of expertise

Our Strategic Research Plan serves as a roadmap to champion research excellence. Guiding our efforts through established and emerging research strength areas and themes, our researchers address the most pressing issues facing Canadians as well as global societies.

Key research themes

Arctic system science and technology

By connecting climate change and sea ice researchers with Arctic governance experts and the culture and traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples, we are ideally placed to provide the interdisciplinary expertise that will carry Canada’s vision for the Arctic into the future.

Culture and creative works

Living in a city known for its vibrant creative community and cultural diversity, our researchers deepen knowledge of the human enterprise. The study and expression of our intellectual and creative capacity dare us to think differently about how we learn, teach and live together.

Fundamental research

Using a multitude of modern tools and techniques across many disciplines, our researchers build on the tradition of the classical sciences to enhance our understanding of the world and provide a holistic foundation for addressing complex problems.

High performance materials, structures and processes

With innovative infrastructure allowing for research into mineral structures and complex chemical reactions, we are home to materials science and materials processing research covering the entire spectrum from basic sciences to industrial applications.

Human rights and social justice

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Manitoba has a deep history of social justice and human rights activism and research influenced by the social gospel movement, the struggle for women’s suffrage, the impact and legacy of the Winnipeg General Strike, efforts to address issues of Indigenous justice and the recently-erected Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Integrative research in health and well-being

Improvements to the health and well-being of individuals and diverse populations are achieved by weaving knowledge together across many communities and disciplines. By creating inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional research teams, we lead transformational research in this field.

Safe, healthy, just and sustainable food systems

We are recognized nationally and internationally for research on local and global food systems that yield safe, nutritious, culturally-appropriate and affordable food while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and contributing to strong communities and economies.

Sustainable water management systems

Our institutional leadership brings water and wastewater management expertise together with Indigenous knowledge, language, law and methodological skills to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of land, rivers, lakes and communities across Manitoba and Canada.

Understanding and communicating information

Transcending the fields of mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science and engineering, where the foundations for acquisition, analysis, extraction, and visualization of information have been established, this theme also underlies research that seeks new ways to deal with information from the arts and humanities to medical research.

Indigenous research

Research for, with and by Indigenous peoples is an important cross-cutting dimension of scholarship at the university. Researchers engaging in Indigenous scholarship communicate knowledge in innovative ways, employing cutting-edge methodologies to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples locally, nationally and globally.

Sustainable systems for resilient communities

Questions of economic, social and environmental sustainability are crucial to the future of Manitoba and Canada in the context of changing climate and increasing resource scarcity. The commitment to building sustainable communities bridges the university’s strengths in discovery-driven scientific research and interdisciplinary areas.

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Signature research areas

  • Arctic system science and climate change As the realities of global warming and melting sea ice become increasingly apparent, our researchers are leading international efforts to understand, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change on Canada’s Arctic and the world.
  • Immunity, inflammation and infectious disease Bolstered by the National Microbiology Laboratory and two national training programs, we are recognized around the world for our ground-breaking research into new treatments and vaccines for existing and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Population and global health With a highly developed network of international partnerships and collaborations, we are a global leader in population and global health research, developing effective public health strategies and innovative interventions for communicable and chronic disease.

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Learn about our partnerships

We have partnered with over 500 institutions, businesses and governments in Canada and around the world, providing students and researchers with opportunities to learn, discover and exchange knowledge on a global scale.

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  • International partnerships
  • Mitacs scholars
  • Research and Technology Park
  • Visiting students

Research opportunities and supports

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The UM research enterprise - made up of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and research technicians - is supported and enhanced by access to specialized training, funding and services available through the administrative reporting units of the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International).

  • Office of Research Services
  • Research Ethics and Compliance
  • International Centre

All opportunities and supports for research

  • Research chairs As Manitoba's leader in research, we are home to more than 80 endowed and sponsored research chairs, including an allocation of 52 Canada Research Chairs, a Canada 150 Research Chair, a Canada Excellence Research Chair and a Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate. These chairs reflect our areas of research strength.
  • Research centres, institutes, affiliates and groups The UM is home to more than 50 research centres, institutes and shared facilities that promote the exchange of ideas and provide collaborative research environments that stimulate multidisciplinary research and development.
  • Awards and recognition Many faculty members receive local, national and international recognition of their research and scholarly excellence. Explore their stories and the impacts they are having on our lives.

Learn more about our research

  • Expedition Churchill Explore our creative education and outreach campaign that shares Arctic climate change research done in the Churchill and Hudson Bay region by world-leading UM scientists and collaborators.
  • Café Scientifique Café Scientifique brings together experts with non-researchers (you, me, neighbours and friends) in a relaxed atmosphere, to learn about their research and the questions it raises.
  • ResearchLIFE ResearchLIFE magazine highlights the quest for knowledge that artists, engineers, scholars, scientists and students at UM explore every day.
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 The University of Manitoba is a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and was named the UNAI Hub for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, in 2018.

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FAQs

Is University of Manitoba a research University? ›

The UM is home to more than 50 research centres, institutes and shared facilities that promote the exchange of ideas and provide collaborative research environments that stimulate multidisciplinary research and development.

Why is inappropriate collaboration prohibited? ›

Inappropriate collaboration is unethical because it:

gives people who break the rules an unjust advantage and results in unfair competition; prevents learning (those who work with others on an assignment are not gaining all the knowledge and skills that they would be from doing the entire assignment on their own).

What is unique about University of Manitoba? ›

The University of Manitoba is western Canada's first university, Manitoba's only research-intensive university, is located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

What is University of Manitoba known for? ›

Our award-winning faculty and students conduct research in fields as diverse as infectious diseases, Canadian history, materials science, civil infrastructure, population and community health, sustainable agriculture and northern research, to name just a few.

What is cheating academically? ›

Cheating involves unauthorized use of information, materials, devices, sources or practices in completing academic activities. For example, copying during an exam that should be completed individually is an unauthorized practice, and, therefore, is considered cheating.

What counts as cheating on a test? ›

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: lying; copying from another's test or examination; discussion at any time of questions or answers on an examination or test, unless such discussion is specifically authorized by the instructor; taking or receiving copies of an exam without the permission of the instructor; ...

Is collaborating cheating? ›

When students are working in groups, searching for a solution to a problem, looking through possible answers for the best one, or sorting out material to include in a presentation, that's collaboration. When one student in the group solves the problem and everyone else copies the answer, that's cheating.

Why do people choose University of Manitoba? ›

International Education

Manitoba is an excellent choice for your studies because our province offers many advantages to international students. Studying in Manitoba offers you the opportunity to access world-class education in leading-edge facilities with affordable tuition fees.

Is University of Manitoba prestigious? ›

One of the top 400 universities in the world is the University of Manitoba. It was rated at #651-700 in the QS World University Rankings for 2023 and #301-350 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022.

Is University of Manitoba hard to get into? ›

Applicants need a minimum of 70% or 85% in related subjects at a higher secondary level for admission to the undergraduate programs at University of Manitoba. International students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (83-86%) on a 4.0 scale can apply for admission to graduate programs in the university.

What is a good GPA in University of Manitoba? ›

All applicants require a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (B) or equivalent in their last 60 credit hours of study. In general, this is equivalent to 4 semesters of study or 2 years of study. This will depend on the education system of the university issuing the transcripts.

Why is Manitoba famous? ›

Canada's central province, Manitoba is primarily known for being home to the polar bear capital of the world. But there's a lot of other enticing attractions in the region, such as its many beautiful lakes, its world-class museums, and its unique festivals.

Are research universities better? ›

Research universities offer students unique academic and career opportunities. These institutions concentrate on facilitating research conducted by professors and graduate students, which makes them appropriate for learners who have already completed undergraduate programs or plan on higher academic pursuits.

What's the difference between research university and university? ›

Research universities, like the UG, offer highly academic, research-oriented programmes focused on specific subjects. Universities of applied sciences, on the other hand, are more practical and profession-oriented, designed for those looking to enter a particular career type upon graduation.

What if a professor thinks your cheating? ›

Contact a student defense attorney who has experience defending students against accusations of cheating. These attorneys will probably be familiar with the disciplinary process at your university, and they'll know how to defend your rights from being violated by your university.

Does academic dishonesty go on your transcript? ›

Prospective graduate schools, professional licensing boards, and other organizations not only take into your GPA but also any marks on your transcript that may indicate academic misconduct.

How common is cheating in university? ›

“Cheating on tests” – 18 percent of undergrads said they did it – referred to copying from another student, using crib notes and helping another student cheat on an exam. Internet plagiarism is widespread: 35 percent of undergrads in the survey and 22 percent of grad students admitted to cut-and-paste plagiarism.

How many people get caught cheating on a test? ›

95% of cheaters don't get caught

Research carried out by ETS and the Ad Council indicates that the majority of cheaters stay unnoticed and don't get caught for their misconduct. This is another motive for other students to break the established rules of academic integrity.

Is it cheating to use notes on a test? ›

Exams. Another common form of cheating involves exams. Copying from someone else's paper, using notes (unless expressly allowed by the teacher), altering an exam for re-grading, getting an advance copy of the examination, or hiring a surrogate test-taker are all flagrant violations of University policy.

Is micro cheating infidelity? ›

Micro cheating is the term used to describe behaviors that aren't traditionally considered true infidelity, but that have some features of infidelity, like dishonesty and secrecy while in a committed relationship.

Why do collaborations fail? ›

Communication is poor

For your team to collaborate, all members need to know what's expected of them, and how best to share their contributions. Agreement on what needs to be shared, when and by what means, can revolutionise poor communication and allow everyone to be on the same page.

What percentage of couples make it through cheating? ›

Close to 25% of marriages stay together after an instance of cheating. And more men than women stay married when they are the cheating partner (61% vs 44%).

Why Manitoba is good for international students? ›

Manitoba's education system and institutions are internationally recognized, with leading-edge facilities and first-rate teachers and professors. From academic programs to flight schools to dance schools, whatever your educational aspirations are you'll find a program that is right for you.

How do you answer why have you chosen this university? ›

College authorities want to know more about your academic interests and commitments. Talk about the specific educational, research, and other academic opportunities offered by the college that appeal to you. Expand on this idea by talking about how these opportunities help support your future goals.

Is the University of Manitoba a good school? ›

The University of Manitoba currently places in the top third of all universities ranked.

What is 1 fact about Manitoba? ›

Manitoba is a prairie province located in the heart of Canada. Founded in 1870, Manitoba means “where the spirit lives” in the languages of the Indigenous people who first lived in the region. Commonly referred to as 'Friendly Manitoba', the province's urban and rural communities are diverse and welcoming.

What is the #1 ranked university in the world? ›

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

What is the most respected university in the world? ›

Ranked in the annual THE World Reputation Rankings, the six “global university super-brands” as we have come to call them, fall in the following order in the 2022 edition of the rankings out this week: Harvard in first place; followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford; Oxford; Cambridge and then the ...

What is the hardest college university to get into? ›

Harvard University — 3.19%

With a record-low admission rate of just 3.19% for the class of 2026, Harvard currently ranks as the most difficult school to get into.

Is University of Manitoba recognized? ›

A tradition of excellence

The University of Manitoba is the oldest university in Western Canada and one of the country's top research institutions. We have more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 145,000 alumni living in 140 countries.

What is a 3.8 GPA in Canada? ›

A 3.8 GPA, or Grade Point Average, is equivalent to a A- letter grade on a 4.0 GPA scale, and a percentage grade of 90–92.

What is a 3.9 GPA in Canada? ›

A 3.9 GPA, or Grade Point Average, is equivalent to a A- letter grade on a 4.0 GPA scale, and a percentage grade of 90–92.

Is Manitoba conservative or liberal? ›

In the 1950s, Manitoban politics became a three-party system, and the Liberal party gradually declined in power. The CCF became the New Democratic Party (NDP), which came to power in 1969. Since then, the Conservatives, now the Progressive Conservative Party (PC), and the NDP have been the dominant parties.

Do people speak English in Manitoba? ›

The majority of Manitobans use English in their daily lives. French is also a key language as Manitoba is home to one of the most concentrated francophone communities outside Quebec.

Do they speak English in Manitoba Canada? ›

English is the official language of Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, but government services are available in French in many regions of each. Legislation is enacted in both languages and courts conduct cases in both.

Is UM a research university? ›

The University of Malaya (Malay: Universiti Malaya; abbreviated as UM or informally the Malayan University) is a public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

What is considered a research university? ›

What Are Research Universities? As you might guess, a research university prioritizes research. At these institutions, graduate students, postdocs, and professors conduct original research in diverse fields. Research universities can be public or private institutions.

Which universities are research based? ›

Five colonial colleges (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Pennsylvania) Five state universities (Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, California, and Minnesota) Five private institutions were established as research universities (Cornell, MIT, Stanford, Chicago, and Johns Hopkins)

Is A&M a research university? ›

Texas A&M stands today as one of the largest research universities in the United States.

Is UC Berkeley a research university? ›

Consistently ranked among the four top research universities in the world, UC Berkeley is highly rated for the quality and breadth of its research programs and the distinction of its faculty.

Is Cornell a research university? ›

Cornell is one of the greatest research universities in the world, and providing undergraduates with research opportunities is a top priority. Students across Cornell collaborate regularly with faculty on projects, and sometimes for academic credit or pay too.

Is it better to go to a research university? ›

Research universities offer students unique academic and career opportunities. These institutions concentrate on facilitating research conducted by professors and graduate students, which makes them appropriate for learners who have already completed undergraduate programs or plan on higher academic pursuits.

Can you do research at a university without a PhD? ›

You most certainly don't need a PhD to do research. If you want to make an advancement, like a better algorithm, then you can create your own experiments to show how your idea works better (on the problem you tested) and you have created a meaningful advancement in science.

Can you do research at a university without being a professor? ›

Many doctoral students find positions in other labs conducting research independently and under the supervision of other faculty. These can be short term gigs, but some can also be longer, depending on how much funding there is. They can be a great way to build up a research record.

Is Harvard a research university? ›

From laboratory study to archival research to investigations in the field, Harvard students engage in world-class research across all disciplines and make groundbreaking contributions to their fields.

Can you do research at a university without being a student? ›

It's not necessarily a problem that you're not enrolled in the university - it's possible for researchers to hire non-students in many cases. However, it would be difficult to get someone to take you on when you don't want to make any commitment (e.g. get an official job).

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