Community

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.

Events

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 event:  

Date: Thursday, May 19th - kick-off to the 12th Annual Great Plains Rare Disease Summit
Film Screening: Life & Atrophy
Time: 5:30pm-6:00pm with Social from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Sanford Event Barn | 2510 East 54th St N, Sioux Falls, SD
*Virtual option is available
Link to register:  https://bit.ly/2WjS7wF

PROMISE Camps

Sanford PROMISE is hosting scholarship-based camps for students. Each camp provides hands-on immersive STEM experiences. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


South Dakota Camps (applications accepted until April 1st):
  • Leading Edge Science Camp at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD
    • June 2nd or June 14th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • For students in grades 6-8 in the 2021/2022 school year
  • Leading Edge Science Camp at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD
    • July 15th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • For students in grades 9-12 in the 2021/2022 school year
  • Finding Your Roots Camp at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD
    • July 26th through July 29th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • For students in grades 6-8 in the 2021/2022 school year

North Dakota Camps (applications accepted until May 6th):

  • Leading Edge Science Camp in Bismarck, North Dakota
    • June 28th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • For students in grades 6-8 in the 2021/2022 school year
  • Leading Edge Science Camp in Fargo, North Dakota
    • June 30th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • For students in grades 6-8 in the 2021/2022 school year

Minnesota Camps (applications accepted until May 6th): 

  • Leading Edge Science Camp in Luverne, Minnesota
    • July 12th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • For students in grades 6-8 in the 2021/2022 school year

Camp details and registration

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.

Last café for the 2021-2022 academic year:

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd

Topic: Bridging the gap between medicine and research: The role of a MD/PhD

Session Information: You will get a chance to practice some of the skills that are taught in medical school as well as those done in research and learn how they can be used together. 

Guest Speakers: Anthony Restaino MD/PhD candidate in the Vermeer lab, Megan Jorgensen MD/PhD candidate in the de la Puente Lab and Claire Kittock MD/PhD candidate in the Pilaz Lab

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Sanford PROMISE Community Lab at Sanford Research | 2301 E. 60th Street North

Registration is required. 


 

Other Events

Professional Development

Enhance Your Science Skills: A course for elementary educators
June 6-7, 2022
Course description: Elementary teachers will participate in STEM lessons created by the Sanford PROMISE team. Teachers will receive training on NGSS lesson design. They will use their understanding to create a NGSS lesson for use in their classroom.

Cancer in the Classroom: A course for secondary educators
June 21-22, 2022
Course description: Attending teachers will spend two days at Sanford Research learning lab techniques and visiting with scientists about current research projects. Attendees will perform electrophoresis and fractional centrifugation to better understand their role in current cancer research. Attendees will learn about the lending library resources available from Sanford Research and develop a STEM lesson plan introducing current cancer research to their classrooms.

These courses will be available for credit through the University of South Dakota. A stipend is available to teachers who attend and complete all coursework.

There are two days of class time from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

These courses are currently unavailable for registration as they under review by the University of South Dakota. By filling out this form, you are expressing interest in the course and will receive updates from the PROMISE team as they become available.

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