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.

Please note that this series has moved to a virtual platform. You will need to RSVP for the event. A link to the virtual platform will be provided to you prior to the lecture.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 30th | 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presenter: Pilar de la Puente, PhD/Assistant Scientist with the Cancer Biology and Immunotherapies Group at Sanford Research
Title: Modeling cancer in three dimensions: from bench to bedside

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.

Upcoming events:

Teen Science Café Trivia Night
Compete with and against your peers in science trivia.
Tuesday, February 23rd | 6:00pm-7:00pm
Open to students grades 7-12.

Participants must register and a Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.


Looking for a leadership role? Apply to be a leader for Teen Science Café!

Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. A core group of Teen Leaders, with the committed mentorship of an educator, plan and run the café themselves. They make welcome as diverse of a teen crowd as possible—diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science. Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens. Along the way, teen organizers gain a host of leadership skills.

Sanford PROMISE is host to a Teen Science Café chapter in Sioux Falls, SD. We are looking for teens to run virtual and in-person events. There are six positions available. Three of the leaders will be in charge of planning virtual events. The other three leaders will plan in-person events, held at Sanford Research.

Leadership candidates must be passionate about science, organized, and willing to commit personal time to organizing events.



  • Must be in 9th-12th grade as of fall 2021

  • Must live in South Dakota, North Dakota, or Minnesota

  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from a mentor or teacher to by March 1, 2021

  • Must be available on August 5th, 2021 for a planning retreat

Deadline for application is March 1, 2021

Application Link:

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