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From developing scientific techniques to completing a thesis project to engaging daily with national research leaders, the graduate students at Sanford Research develop all the skills necessary for a successful career in science and research. Listen as graduate students share their extraordinary experience in our laboratories.


A big small town
Sanford Research graduate students get to live in a city that is small enough to nurture Midwest values, but big enough to offer an abundance of dining, shopping and entertainment options. From sporting events to theatre and concerts to a vibrant night life, there’s something for everyone, while being within driving distance of USD or SDSU.


Open collaborative space
A state-of-the-art research facility offers a 130,000-square-foot open space for graduate students to collaborate with their mentor, research staff, fellow graduate students and other laboratories. Our graduate students learn the latest techniques on the most advanced equipment and work alongside national research experts.