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STEM Outreach for Sanford Research

We teach K-12 students and teachers, undergraduates, graduate students and the community. Our goals: to increase community understanding of science, raise awareness of the benefits of research, and emphasize the role of both in our society.

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Our Team

Meet the Team

Education Team:

Lance Lee, PhD
Director of Higher Education

Tamara Ledeboer
Manager, Research Education Programs

Kara McCormick, PhD
Research Communications and Outreach Director

Ben Benson
Senior Research Education Specialist | Sanford PROMISE

Louisa Otto
Senior Research Education Specialist | Sanford PROMISE


Thank you to our partners for supporting the Sanford Research Academic Programs:

  • Sanford Health
  • Sanford Research
  • Sanford Foundation
  • Washington Pavilion
  • Quest Foundation
  • University of South Dakota
  • South Dakota State University
  • Augustana University
  • NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development R25 grant
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant

Diversity and Inclusion at Sanford Research

Sanford Research supports an open, inclusive, and accessible training environment for students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Students who are underrepresented in the biological sciences (including underrepresented minority students, first-generation college students, individuals from lower income backgrounds or rural communities, students with disabilities, and Veterans or members of the Armed Services) are encouraged to apply for graduate, undergraduate, and high school research opportunities.

For questions about diversity and inclusion at Sanford Research, please contact Dr. Pilar de la Puente, Chair of the Student Diversity & Inclusion Committee, by email.

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