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 hand-on research experience and mentoring in a social behavioral research in American Indian community-based projects.


Sanford Research and Sinte Gleska University is home to the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to receive hands-on research experience and mentoring in a social behavioral research in American Indian community-based projects.

SURE is a 10 week, full-time, paid internship. Includes support for housing, travel, and expenses.


Experience includes:

  • Research seminars

  • Shadowing opportunities

  • Group BBQs and campouts

  • Dinner and other informal group events

Internship locations include Mission, Pine Ridge, Rapid City, 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 2014 and 2015 newsletters to find profiles of past students and their projects. To find profiles of past students and their projects read our 2011, 2012 and 2013 newsletters.

Listen to our radio advertisement.

“Without SURE I wouldn't have been given the opportunity to become more involved in health disparities. The program gave me the confidence to know that I have something to offer and that I can make a difference in American Indian health.”  – SURE 2013 Intern

  • Must be an Undergraduate student
  • Students who are underrepresented in science are encouraged to apply
  • Focus: 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 Cycle is Currently Closed

“It was wonderful getting to know my student and seeing the steps she took throughout the summer. I feel like we were just getting to know each other and that she was beginning to open up. It would have been great to have had a few more weeks with her. I think she has the capacity to really learn a lot from research but the time went too quickly!” – SURE 2014 Mentor

For more information, or to ask questions, please contact:
Char Green
Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research
2301 E. 60th Street N.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 312-6208
2012 SURE            Students Presented at the 3rd Annual  Student Research Symposium at Sanford Research/USD


2015 SURE students presented at the 6th Annual Student Research Symposium at Sanford Research.


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.


Students conversing with guest speaker Gene Thin Elk. The discussion was on bravery, fortitude, sacrifice, generosity and hope and how each plays a role in our interns' educational journeys.


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!


 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.