1. Detroit: Community organizing helped stabilize neighborhoods after mortgage crisis

    University of Michigan researchers studied three Detroit neighborhoods — Grandmont Rosedale, East English Village and MorningSide. They found that those under the leadership of a community development corporation, along with volunteer efforts, weathered the city’s housing crisis better than the rest.

  2. Google grant grows Detroit high school robotics programs

    More Detroit-area high school students will have access to expanded hands-on science and engineering after-school programs, thanks to a $250,000 Google grant to the Midtown makerspace known as the Michigan Engineering Zone.

  3. Reducing phosphorus entering the Detroit River; real-time, autonomous stormwater control

    In 2015, U-M researchers at the Graham Sustainability Institute were awarded a $3 million grant from the Erb Family Foundation to determine the relative contributions of various phosphorus sources, both urban and agricultural, in the Detroit River watershed.

  4. Bumblebee populations higher in Detroit than in some less-urbanized areas; vacant lots could be a factor

    A new study of native bumblebee populations in southeastern Michigan cities found, surprisingly, that Detroit has more of the large-bodied bees than some surrounding, less urbanized locations.

  5. Very young lake sturgeon and artificial spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers

    A study of the St. Clair River by U-M scientists shows that despite river-current speeds of more than 3 feet per second, some recently hatched lake sturgeon manage to remain in the St. Clair’s North Channel, a surprising finding with implications for the siting of future spawning reefs.

  6. um3detroit event will highlight university, city partnership in advancing research, learning

    University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson will join U-M and community leaders for a daylong exploration and presentation of research and learning practices taking place in and with Detroit.

  7. Detroit Community-Based Research Program

    Every summer, the Detroit Community-Based Research Program (DCBRP) places 24 U-M undergraduates in Michigan’s largest city to work side by side with local nonprofits to listen and learn about the nonprofits’ challenges and follow up with suggestions for research projects that address their needs.

  8. D-RISE: Encouraging STEM Careers

    A U-M program, known as D-RISE, provides summer internships to high school students through a Cass Tech/U-M partnership. Its goal is to increase underrepresented minority participation in the sciences.

  9. Social Impact Challenge

    The Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for students to collaborate on graduate and undergraduate teams across a dozen U-M schools and colleges to tackle complex social issues in a competitive environment with real-world implications.