Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) and NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Sanford Research offers the SPUR and National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) Site at Sanford Research and Augustana College programs which both provide opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in laboratory research. These dynamic 10-week programs allow students to apply their classroom knowledge by working in a laboratory under the supervision of a Sanford Research or Augustana College principal investigator.
Participants gain valuable experience by attending weekly workshops geared towards career preparation, such as ethics in scientific research, career opportunities, and how to apply to and interview for graduate school. Students may also opt to participate in weekly GRE preparatory workshop that is offered as part of the program. Trainees prepare and present a short oral presentation based on their proposed project at the beginning of the program.
At the end of the summer, students share their research project results at a poster symposium. Students are encouraged to present their findings at national meetings, provided the funding is available, and co-authorship on peer-reviewed publications resulting from their research is possible. Should the Sanford principal investigator consent, research could continue into the academic year.
Two participatory tracks are offered to reach both Augustana and non-Augustana students. The SPUR program is open to Augustana College students only, whereas the NSF REU Site program at Sanford Research and Augustana College is open to other students who normally might not be exposed to such an opportunity.
Students who attend institutions that do not have research opportunities and/or students from groups that are under-represented in the biological sciences are encouraged to apply for the NSF REU program. These groups include students with disabilities, students from certain racial/ethnic groups, first-generation college students, and individuals from socioeconomically backgrounds that are underrepresented in careers in science.
The racial/ethnic groups that are significantly underrepresented at advanced levels of science and engineering in the U.S. are Native Americans (including American Indians and Alaskan Natives), African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders. In 2011, we received the Patriotic Employer Award from the South Dakota National Guard. Applications from Veterans and members of the armed services will receive extra consideration.
Applicants will be evaluated based upon:
The Application Process
Complete all the information for the application that is on this website. Save the application for your records and click on the submit button. An e-mail will be sent to you confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive this e-mail or have other problems, please contact REU@sanfordhealth.org or (605) 312-6590.
IMPORTANT: In addition, please send a copy of your official transcripts (one from each college you have attended) and two letters of recommendation. Only sealed official transcripts or official electronic transcripts will be accepted. You must arrange for transcripts from all institutions where you have taken college level courses.
Letters of recommendation should be sent from the author's email to REU@sanfordhealth.org. An application will not be considered complete until the application form, letters of reference, and transcripts arrive at Sanford Research. Late applications will not be considered.
Alternatively, transcripts and letters of recommendation may be mailed to:
Applications for the 2015 summer SPUR program are due February 15, 2015.
NSF REU Program Application
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