K-12 Students

Elementary Inquiries

First through fifth grade students have the opportunity to experience science in action and learn about the practices of scientists through hands-on activities at Elementary Inquiries. Visits include a tour of our state-of-the-art biomedical research facility. Each visit is approximately two hours and can accommodate up to 100 students.

Biomedical Research Investigations Program

Are you curious about what it’s like to be a laboratory scientist? The Biomedical Research Investigations Program is a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to engage in life science research by performing hands-on laboratory activities based on authentic scientific questions.

Science Discovery Day

Semi-annually Sanford Research opens its doors to area sophomores and juniors to learn first-hand what it takes to have a career in research through the Science Discovery Day program. Professionals from regional industry and academic partners involved in research present their career journeys and current research projects in a hands-on workshop setting to groups of area students.  In addition to the workshops, students have a chance to visit representatives from area post-secondary schools offering programs in STEM. 

Research Shadowing Program

The Sanford PROMISE Research Shadowing Program is designed to allow high school and college students (16 years of age and older) the opportunity to explore career options that exist within research. Students will spend time with research staff during part of their routine day in one of our biomedical research laboratories located in Sioux Falls, SD. After shadowing within our research environment, students should have an appreciation for some of the qualities required for a career in science and research. This is not a training program; the goal is for the student to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by research staff in our biomedical research lab.

PROMISE Scholars Program

This unique research internship is designed to offer intellectually curious, highly motivated high school students with a strong aptitude in the biomedical sciences a total-immersion experience in laboratory research.  Sanford PROMISE Scholars program allows select applicants to experience a ten-week summer internship in a research laboratory at Sanford Research.  Scholars work alongside scientists, learn invaluable research skills, and earn 3 undergraduate credits.  At the culmination of the program, students will prepare a scientific poster for presentation at the Sanford Research summer student symposium.

The Sanford PROMISE Community Lab, Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, SD

In the heart of Sanford Research lies a state-of-the-art research lab that provides research space and equipment resources for the community. Public and private groups are welcome to utilize the space for research endeavors. Hands-on activities can be facilitated by the PROMISE team or the equipment in the lab space may be used for activities/projects developed by our guests under the supervision of PROMISE scientists.