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University of Minnesota

Vision Statement

The Institute for Advanced Study seeks to ignite creative, innovative, and profound research and discovery in the sciences, humanities, and the arts. The Institute for Advanced Study is a site, a concept, and a community dedicated to public and intellectual exchanges across the fields of human endeavor.

Mission Statement

The Institute for Advanced Study pursues its vision through three primary strategies. First, it provides a physical space where artists, scientists, and scholars can engage in and share their work. This strategy encompasses not only scheduled events and presentations, but also unplanned encounters and serious play that facilitate unexpected inspiration, revelation, and collaboration. Second, it supports faculty fellowships and research collaborative programs that bring together artists, scientists, and scholars from across and beyond the University. Third, it convenes symposia that catalyze conversations across the University of Minnesota and that highlight innovative research.


The Institute for Advanced Study has a faculty director who is charged with leading the development and implementation of the Institute’s priorities and supervising the Institute’s day-to-day management. The IAS is governed by an Advisory Board of faculty and senior University staff. The Institute’s director reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of six All-University Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes at the University of Minnesota. It is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.


Since its inception in 2005, the Institute for Advanced Study has supported and encouraged interdisciplinary and collaborative work, creating intellectual community across and beyond the boundaries of the University. As a University-wide interdisciplinary center, it is a resource for scholars, artists, professionals, and students who are engaged in a wide variety of study and practice. It also serves as a bridge between the University and the wider community as a place where people meet and ideas are exchanged.