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We are shaping the next generation of leaders in medical research. Each year, new students are accepted to perform their graduate research at Sanford Research through applications to the University of South Dakota (USD) and South Dakota State University (SDSU).
Supportive and specialized
A collegial and collaborative environment as well as a variety of learning formats in the laboratory and classroom ensure our graduate students are sufficiently trained to accomplish a variety of science careers. From cutting-edge research to the latest techniques, students receive outstanding training with accomplished faculty mentors who hold faculty appointments at the Sanford School of Medicine at USD and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at SDSU. Sanford Research and its academic partners work together to coordinate the graduate students’ classroom workload their research projects.
Academic and research benefits
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Basic Biomedical Sciences Program (PhD)
From participating in laboratory investigations to developing original research to pursuing an interdisciplinary graduate education, students learn both in the classroom and laboratory. With the Basic Biomedical Sciences Program, graduate students work alongside our researchers as they further our understanding of human disease and translate that knowledge into novel approaches for diagnosis, treatment and therapeutics.
Physician Scientist Program (MD/PhD)
It is collaboration between researchers and doctors that has led to the most extraordinary advancements in medicine, and the Physician Scientist Program allows graduate students to gain experience as both. By blending the two disciplines of MD and PhD, graduate students perform translational research and develop a unique integration of skills that prepare them for a physician scientist career.
Biochemistry Program (PhD)
The skills needed to pursue a cutting-edge career awaits graduate students in the Biochemistry Program. Besides developing a solid biochemistry foundation, graduate students gain hands-on experience in a variety of learning formats to develop their laboratory skills. Through their research projects, graduate students have the opportunity to understand human diseases and translate basic science findings into clinical treatments that impact patient care.
Graduate Student Testimonials
Hannah has always wanted to pursue a career in research, and she feels more prepared than she could have imagined due to her Sanford Research mentors.