Graduate Students

Sanford Research has a collegial and collaborative environment ideal for graduate students to complete their thesis projects and develop the scientific, speaking, and writing skills needed for a successful career in science.

Many Sanford Research faculty members hold appointments at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota (USD) and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University (SDSU). We provide outstanding training opportunities for graduate students in the following programs:

Ph.D. program in Basic Biomedical Sciences (USD)

M.D./Ph.D. Physician Scientist Program (USD)

Ph.D program in Biochemistry (SDSU)

In addition to our accomplished faculty mentors and state-of-the-art resources, graduate training at Sanford Research includes the following opportunities and benefits:

  • First-year PhD students do three lab rotations to select a thesis advisor
  • Elective courses taught on site by Sanford Research faculty are available to students in all three programs
  • Our Career Path Workshop Series allows students to explore a variety of science careers; past topics have included biotech industry, pharmaceutical industry, undergraduate teaching, clinical lab directing, science policy, and tech transfer
  • Students engage in K-12 outreach activities through Sanford PROMISE
  • Our annual Graduate Student-Invited Seminar Series enables students to host prominent guest speakers at Sanford Research; past speakers have included Nobel laureates and HHMI investigators
  • Students enjoy the social community in Sioux Falls, a small city with an abundance of dining, shopping, sporting events, and entertainment

Faculty Research Interests: 

For more information, please contact Graduate Education.