Welcome to UROC

We invite you to spend a little time getting to know us and learn about what makes UROC tick. UROC is a University of Minnesota research center, but it’s also an important resource for the North Minneapolis community. It’s a gathering place for local residents, an educational and cultural setting, and a living laboratory where the community and University researchers work together to improve the lives of those in urban areas.


The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center is a unit of the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement within the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

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U of M's Solar-powered Race Car to visit UROC—3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16

Get up close to the University's EOS II —a super sleek, solar powered race car designed by University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering students.  On hand will be University Professor Sam Mukasa, special assistant for STEM initiatives in the University’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, to talk with visitors about the University's Solar Vehicle Project and solar race car.

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Neighborhood U kicks off April 28 with deep space ExploraDome

Journey into deep space in the Bell Museum's ExploraDome at UROC's Neighborhood U from 2:30 to 4:30, Saturday April 28 at UROC. The mobile planetarium offers immersive tours of space, including real pictures taken by the Mars Curiosity rover. Shows start approximately every 20 minutes. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Northside Shuttle pilot project

UROC is partnering with Pillsbury United Communities, Raising Places, and Greater Good Studios to offer the Northside Circulator, a free bus service that will serve as a trial run for a potential North Minneapolis transportation option.

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UROC's Neighborhood U—free, family events that connect the U to the North Side

Beginning in April 2018, UROC’s Neighborhood U will features family-friendly performances and demonstrations by University of Minnesota researchers on a range of fun and helpful topics. Get a close-up look at planets and stars, learn how a solar car works, try yoga, grow your own food, write a great resume and much more! Visit UROC's Facebook page for performance times and dates.  

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Wed, May 23, 2018
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
UROC Neighborhood Spring Cleaning
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Wed, Jun 13, 2018
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Metro Transit - Penn Avenue Improvements Project: Monthly Community Construction Meeting
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Thu, May 31, 2018
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
One Family One Community: Housing Renters Forum
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