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Research Scholarship and Creative Works

UMKC offers faculty numerous resources for research, scholarship and creative works to be curious, ask big questions and discover new things.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is the only urban-based research university in the Kansas City region. Our research faculty are focused on developing new knowledge and new solutions relevant to our community’s needs and aspirations; and to enhancing Kansas City’s global reputation for leadership in the arts, entrepreneurship and life sciences. UMKC works in partnership with our community’s leading businesses, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, civic groups, artists, scientists and thinkers on research initiatives that are catalysts for growth and progress that benefits the entire community. In short, our mission is translating ideas into innovation.

Office Research and Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development supports the university’s research core mission by providing the necessary administrative infrastructure for scholarly activity and sponsored research programs. The Office also supports technology transfer by facilitating faculty-driven intellectual property development, patent applications and licensing agreements.

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Check out UMKC's data points from 2019 Explore



Explore is published by the UMKC Office of Research and Economic Development in collaboration with the UMKC Department of Strategic Marketing and Communications to highlight the achievements and contributions of UMKC’s researchers.

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UMKC Libraries

At UMKC University Libraries, great minds meet. Not only the home of books and print materials, the Libraries also provide access to a wide range of audio-visual media, over 330,000 sound recordings, and rare and unique collections of books, photographs, manuscripts, and maps. The University Libraries also link users to a world of scholarly information available through licensed online databases and journals and a vast network of reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries around the world.

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UMKC Art Gallery

The UMKC Gallery of Art is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of its campus and community by exhibiting art and providing meaningful educational experiences. The UMKC Gallery of Art encourages the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society by providing a platform for critical thinking across mediums, cultures, disciplines, and contexts.

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New Letters and BkMk Press

The mission of New Letters magazine, its radio companion, New Letters on the Air, and BkMk Press, is to discover, publish and promote the best and most exciting literary writing, wherever it might be found.  We publish and serve readers and writers worldwide.  In recent years, New Letters has won a National Magazine Award, the industry's highest honor, plus multiple Pushcart Prizes, and is reprinted often in Best American anthologies. 

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Undergraduate Research @ UMKC

UMKC's Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship offers five programs for students to engage in their own research and creative scholarship: Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity (SUROP); Students Engaged in the Arts and Research (SEARCH); Experiences in Undergraduate Research (EUReka Course Development Initiative); Undergraduate Research Day @ the Capitol; Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship.

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