Message from the President


Dear Friends,

From the moment the University of Michigan was established in 1817, our institution was designed to be a resource whose sole purpose was enhancing the public good. Since then, public impact within our state has always been a hallmark of our university. It’s part of our founding DNA and is a central component of our values and our mission.

The basis for scientific inquiry at U-M was created in tandem with the 1837 formation of the State of Michigan, when legislative action called for the creation of a “Cabinet of Natural History” for the campus. Early exploration of the state produced geological, mineralogical, botanical, and zoological specimens that became the first seeds of research at our great public university.

As we celebrate U-M’s Bicentennial during the course of 2017, we are very proud that the beneficial impact of our research touches every county in Michigan.

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