Community Lab Space for Your Group

In the heart of Sanford Research, you’ll find a state-of-the-art research lab that provides research space and equipment for the community.

Public and private groups are welcome to use the space for:

  1. Hands-on activities facilitated by the Sanford PROMISE team
  2. Research activities and projects you develop under PROMISE scientists’ supervision

We also host events including a family science festival and a community lecture series.


Community Lectures

Attend the PROMISE Community Lecture Series

Are you interested in science? Have you ever wondered about the scientific research being performed in your own community? The PROMISE Community Lecture Series provides a unique opportunity for science-minded individuals within our community to learn about local research projects from the scientists themselves. Lectures are provided by leading academic and industry scientists within the region.

Upcoming events: 

Date: Tuesday, November 16th
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presenter: Stephen Wonderlich, PhD | Vice-President of Research and Chief of Behavioral Health Research, Sanford Health-Fargo
Title: Developing and Testing New Treatments for Eating Disorders
Location: Virtual event - must register to receive the Zoom link
Link to register:

Future events:
Thursday, January 20th, 2022 - Kurt Warnhoff, PhD | Sanford Research
Thursday, March 24th, 2022 - Dr. Nathan Skelley | Sanford Health | "3D Printing Technology in Orthopedic Surgery" 

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Student Lab Tours

Tour the PROMISE Community Laboratory

In the heart of Sanford Research’s laboratory lives a high-tech classroom space designed to accommodate up to 24 learners participating in a hands-on science experience. Our team of educators will personalize an experience to meet the content and ability requirements for your group. Public and private school classes, after-school programs, girl and boy scout clubs and others are invited.

Teen Science Café

Attend Teen Science Café
Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic deeply. Teen Science Café brings together teens from all over the greater Sioux Falls region to learn from scientists in their community.

Open to grades 7-12.

Dates for the 2021-2022 academic year:


   Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

  Topic: The Healing Power of Your Own Cells

  Guest Speaker: Kyle Seabold, Clinical Research Specialist with Sanford Health

  Time: 6pm-7pm (CST)

  Location: Virtual event


Upcoming dates (presenters and topics TBD): 

   Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 (Sanford Center)
   Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 (Virtual)
   Tuesday, January 4th, 2022  (Sanford Center)
   Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 (Virtual) 
   Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 (Sanford Center)
   Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 (Virtual)
   Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 (Sanford Center) 


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