Research Shadowing Program

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The Sanford Research Shadow program is designed to allow high school and college students (16 years of age and older) the opportunity to explore career options that exist within research.

You will spend time with research staff during part of their routine day in one of our biomedical research laboratories located in Sioux Falls, SD. After shadowing within our research environment, you should have an appreciation for some of the qualities required for a career in science and research.

This is not a training program. The goal is for you to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by research staff in our biomedical research lab.

Research shadow opportunities are available in the following research groups:

When you apply, you must list specific groups that you are interested in shadowing. One letter of recommendation from a professor or teacher is required for participation. We will email a recommendation form to them when we receive your completed application.

After we review the application and recommendation, you will be notified of your status. All shadows are set up as a single two-hour block without recurrence. All participants will be asked to sign orientation, safety, security, HIPAA, and confidentiality forms prior to starting their shadow experience. Participants also will be required to complete an evaluation form.

To apply:

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