SANFORD PROMISE

Sanford PROMISE

Sanford PROMISE is the outreach arm of Sanford Research. We connect the communities in our region with cutting-edge biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. Sanford PROMISE is the premiere medical research outreach program in the Great Plains region. Through community engagement and rural outreach, we promote science literacy and contribute to STEM workforce development by building awareness of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research.

Our mission is to build awareness of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research and its connection to the standards of care, through community outreach and engagement. We are dedicated to creating a science outreach program that stimulates learners to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and the innovators of tomorrow.

Resources for educators:

  • Lesson plans aligned with national standards, complete with educational slideshows, videos, and hands on activities that are tied to the cutting-edge science done at Sanford Research.
  • Professional Development for educators. There are two courses being offered during the summer of 2024. 
  • Classroom visits: Bring the PROMISE team to your classroom or bring your class to our state-of-the-art facility at Sanford Research.
  • Borrow equipment from our Equipment Lending Library to use for free in your classroom.
  • PROMISE Community Lectures are community events that highlight the work done at Sanford Research. 

Opportunities for high school students:

  • Biomedical Research Investigation Days are day-long immersive experiences in the PROMISE lab. Dive deep into a subject that is studied at Sanford Research on a no-school day.
  • Teen Science Café is a group run by teens for teens. This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at features a different speaker each time. Come to one or come to them all. Open to students in 7th-12th grade.
  • PROMISE Community Lectures are community events that highlight the work done at Sanford Research.
  • The Research Shadowing Program provides shadow opportunities to students 16 years or older and will give you a chance to check out the daily life of a research scientist.
  • Research in Action Summer Program- July 11th, 2024. 
  • PROMISE Scholar Program- This 10 week program is open to students during the summer after their junior year. Applications open every November and close by the end of January.

Opportunities for middle school students:

  • Teen Science Café is a group run by teens for teens. This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at features a different speaker each time. Come to one or come to them all. Open to students in 7th-12th grade.
  • Sanford PROMISE offers summer programs for middle school students including one day programs and multiple day programs.

Summer Program Registration is open! Click here to see what programs are being offered and get signed up. 

 

 

 

Elementary

We spark curiosity and instill problem-solving skills in younger kids – while making science fun.

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Middle School

Students will dive into the basics of scientific learning and examine the “whys” of our world.

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High School

At advanced levels, we help students apply scientific concepts and take charge of their learning.

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About PROMISE

The Sanford Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration (PROMISE) was developed to connect communities in our region with cutting edge science and research. In 2010, Sanford Research created an outreach program to provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences for K-12 students across South Dakota and neighboring states...

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Blog

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Meet The Scientists Sushila Bhattacharya

Sushila Bhattacharya Ph.D. is a highly determined scientist who thrives on getting exciting new results. Her principal investigator Dr. Kurt Warnhoff said of Sushila, “When she sets out to address a scientific question, she can be very tenacious.”

Resources

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Teen Science Cafe Delta Dental

Video

Teen Science Cafe is a student-led group held at Sanford Research once a month. Students invite speakers to teach them about a science topic and do hands-on activities. In this Teen Science Cafe, educators from Delta Dental teach students about tooth decay and how prevention is a much better strategy than treatment. 

Using Punnett Squares

Printable

This worksheet will apply classroom topics to real-life science.

Density

Unit

Scientists need to be able to measure matter with different tools. Density is used to measure all forms of matter. With an understanding of density, students will have another tool to describe matter in their toolbelt.