PROMISE Summer Programs

PROMISE Summer Camps

Sanford PROMISE summer programs are a great way to gain hands-on science experience and learn about current research being done at Sanford Research. All programs will operate on a rolling admission with first come, first served. Registration will close when a date reaches capacity.

Inside Out: An Anatomy and Health Experience

How do our organs work to keep us alive and how can we keep them healthy? In this program, students will learn about the heart, lungs, and kidneys. They will dissect each organ, learn about the function, learn how to keep them healthy, and learn about why researchers are interested in it.

Participants will need parental/guardian permission to participate in dissection and fitness activities. The program is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon enrolling, you will be notified within 5 business days of registration confirmation.

Open to students in grades 6-8 in the 2022-2023 school year. 

June 8th, 2023 from 8:30am-4:30pm in Fargo, ND

June 13th, 2023 from 8:30am-4:00pm at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Luverne, MN

June 27th or July 11th, 2023 from 8:30am-4:00pm at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls 

Finding Your Roots: A Genetics and Genealogy Experience 

What is more interesting than you? In this program, students will use science to answer the question “Who am I?” Students will extract and analyze their own DNA, learn about human evolution, and dig into the stories of their ancestors.

Participants will need parental/guardian permission to submit a DNA sample in April in order to be enrolled in the program. The program is limited to 24 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon enrolling, you will be notified within 5 business days of registration confirmation. You must be able to attend all 5 days of this program, partial attendance will not be accepted.

Open to students in grades 6-8 in the 2022-2023 school year. 

July 24th-28th, 2023, 8:30am-4:00pm (five day camp) at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls

Research in Action: An Inside Look at Biomedical Research

Summers at Sanford Research are very lively as college students from across the country join Sanford Research through the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) which is an immersive 10-week summer program that provide students the opportunity to gain the skills and prepare for a career in science while still in school. During this experience, high school students will be given an opportunity to shadow an undergraduate researcher during part of their routine day. The day will also consist of time in the PROMISE lab to prepare and debrief from the shadow experience.

Open to students in grades 9-12 in the 2022-2023 school year. 

July 13th, 2023, 9:30am-3:30pm at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls 

Upcoming Dates

8 Jun

PROMISE Summer Programs

Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
13 Jun

PROMISE Summer Programs

Tuesday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
27 Jun

PROMISE Summer Programs

Sanford PROMISE Community Lab
Tuesday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
11 Jul

PROMISE Summer Programs

Sanford PROMISE Community Lab
Tuesday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
13 Jul

PROMISE Summer Programs

Sanford PROMISE Community Lab
Thursday, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Jul 24 -
Jul 28

PROMISE Summer Programs

Sanford PROMISE Community Lab
Monday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM