Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) and NSF REU Site in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Sanford Research offers the SPUR program and the NSF REU Site in Cellular and Molecular Biology, which provide opportunities for undergraduate students interested in research careers to participate in laboratory research. These dynamic summer programs allow students to apply their classroom knowledge by working in a laboratory under the supervision of a principal investigator and interacting with research teams that include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to obtaining research experience in state-of-the-art facilities, participants attend weekly career and professional development workshops, as well as build their presentation and communication skills through scientific presentations. Students benefit from the collegial and interactive research environment and enjoy the social community in Sioux Falls, a small city with an abundance of dining, shopping, sporting events, and entertainment.
Summer Program Details
Any college student majoring in the life sciences is eligible to apply for the SPUR and NSF REU programs. Applicants should be in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year at the time of application and should be interested in exploring careers in research and graduate school opportunities.
Students who attend institutions that do not have substantial research opportunities and students who are underrepresented in the biological sciences (including underrepresented minorities, first-generation college students, individuals from lower income backgrounds, students with disabilities, and Veterans or members of the Armed Services) are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Please click on the link below to complete the common application for the SPUR and REU programs. In addition to the online application, all applicants must request the following to complete their application:
An application will not be considered complete until the application, letters of recommendation, and transcript(s) have been received. Transcripts and letters of recommendation can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
The application deadline is Friday, February 1. All materials must be received by the deadline, and late applications will not be considered.