Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

The NSF REU Site: Social-Behavioral Research Training in American Indian Community-Based Projects is offered by Sanford Research and Sinte Gleska University. This Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to receive hands-on research experience and mentoring in a social behavioral research setting with American Indian community-based projects.

SURE is a 10 week, full-time paid internship which includes support for housing, travel, and expenses. The program schedule for the upcoming summer is June 3 - August 9, 2019

Experience includes:

  • Research seminars
  • Journal Club
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • GRE Workshop
  • Dinner and other informal group events

Internship locations include Mission, Rosebud, and Sioux Falls, SD.

Sure Students
Sure Students

SURE builds students’ capacity to conduct independent research while preparing them with greater skills and ideas to develop their future career paths.

This program offers promising underrepresented undergraduates the opportunity to explore their interest in pursuing careers in the social science professions and in disparities research.

Read our 2018 newsletter to find profiles of our last cohort of students and their projects. To see additional student profiles and their projects, please read our 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 201520162017 newsletters. 

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“SURE made a great impression of South Dakota and the work done on American Indian Communities. Because of this program, I was able to gain valuable hands on projects in a field I want to pursue. For my program overall, I had an unforgettable, successful summer” – SURE 2016 Intern


    • Undergraduate
    • Students who are underrepresented (which includes underrepresented minorities, first-generation college students, individuals from lower income backgrounds, Veterans and members of the Armed Forces) in science are encouraged to apply
    • Must have an interest in social, behavioral science research
    • Particularly helpful for students who want to attend graduate school

To apply, you will need the following:

    • Completed application
    • Resume: You can find a basic resume template here
    • Letter of Recommendation from an instructor or mentor
    • College transcripts, official or unofficial

Please email your materials to SURE.

Application Deadline is February 11, 2019

“It’s always exciting to mentor students, they bring a new level of excitement and creativity to the lab” – SURE 2016 Mentor

For more information, or to ask questions, please contact:

Population Health

2301 E. 60th Street N.

Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone: (605) 312-6208


Find SURE on Facebook!


2017 SURE students presented at the 8th Annual Student Research Symposium at Sanford Research.

Some of the SURE interns traveled to the Indian University of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial to share information about their experience with SURE. It was a whirlwind, exciting trip!

The SURE students presented their research posters at the REU Symposium in Pierre, SD. 

Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills wowed all attendees at the CRCAIH Annual Summit in Bemidji, MN. At the mixer, he engaged with students, telling stories and learning about their paths.
 Sanford SURE

SURE students, friends and family got to know each other at our BBQ in Vermillion.

SURE offers a variety of research experiences! During the summer of 2012, Noelani Villa often traveled to SD reservations to recruit participants and collect data for community-based projects.


 Here's our flyer to help spread the word!


Supported by the National Science Foundation award #1559899.