Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Sure Students

The University of South Dakota Veteran's Affairs, and Sanford Research is home to the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), a unique opportunity for American Indian undergraduate students to receive hands-on research experience and mentoring in a cross-disciplinary training program (biomedical or behavioral research).

SURE is a 10 week, full-time, paid internship.

Experience includes:
  • Research seminars
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Lab tours
  • Group BBQs and campouts
  • Dinner and other informal group events
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 American Indian undergraduates the opportunity to explore their interest in pursuing careers in the health science professions and in health disparities research.

Read our 2013 newsletter to find profiles of past students and their projects. To find profiles of past students and their projects read our 2011 and 2012 newsletters.

Listen to our radio advertisement.

“I was able to see all the steps that were taken to conduct research and learn how to put on a proper scientific study!”  – SURE 2012 Intern

  • Must be an American Indian Undergraduate student (must not graduate before summer)
  • Focus: Must have an interest in healthcare, healthcare research or health disparities.

To apply, you will need the following:

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

If you would rather email your resume, letter of recommendation and college transcripts, please email them to:

Applications Due February 15, 2015

“I felt that my student grew and got more confident over time and with success is looking to achieve much higher goals.” – SURE 2013 Mentor

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


2012 SURE Students Presented at the 3rd Annual 
Student Research Symposium at Sanford Research


SURE students and SURE coordinator after listening to a seminar series.


SURE students looking over journal article for Journal Club. Journal Club gives the students the opportunity to discuss a research study of their interest.


Delilah Robb proudly displaying her prize for winning first place on her poster display at the AAIP conference in Santa Clara, California.


 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.