Science Educator Research Fellowship Program

Are you a science educator interested in doing health research over the summer?

The Science Educator Research Fellowship Program provides middle and high school science teachers with training in health research with a focus on pediatric approaches. Participants conduct independent community-based or biomedical research under the supervision of a Sanford scientist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In addition to independent research, Fellows take part in a training program encompassing research methodology, developmental processes, environmental influences of pediatric disease, disease intervention strategies, scientist spotlights, and ethical conduct in research. Fellows also receive inquiry-based instruction for application of biomedical research concepts and techniques. At the culmination of the program, Fellows will appreciate and understand health research approaches for meaningful translation into their classroom activities.


Science Educator Research Fellows:

  • must be a regional middle or high school science educator
  • receive an $8,000 summer stipend
  • from outside the Sioux Falls region are eligible to receive additional funds supporting temporary housing or travel compensation
  • are committed to participating in the entire 10-week program (June 3 – August 9, 2013; 40 hours per week with one week of vacation)
  • work in the lab of a Sanford scientist and receive $500 towards their research project
  • participate in pediatric research and science education training courses which are eligible for continuing education credits through the University of South Dakota
  • receive $500 to apply their research experience into the classroom
  • present their research findings during the Sanford summer symposium
  • can participate in the program for up to two years

Click here for 2014 application.
Applications are due by February 10, 2014

Click here for 2012 syllabus.
For questions, please contact Peter Vitiello at

Program funds provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.