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Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

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Sanford Research offers the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), which provides opportunities for undergraduate students interested in research careers to participate in research.

In addition to obtaining research experience in state-of-the-art facilities, you will attend weekly career and professional development workshops, as well as build your presentation and communication skills through scientific presentations. You will also benefit from the collegial and interactive research environment and enjoy the social community in Sioux Falls, a small city with an abundance of dining, shopping, sporting events and entertainment.

Summer Program Tracks

REU Site in Cellular and Molecular Biology: This National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded opportunity provides research experience in basic cellular and molecular biology. Students perform cutting-edge research in diverse areas, such as signal transduction, intracellular trafficking, cell proliferation and differentiation, organelle function and development.

Pediatric Biomedical Research Program: This National Institutes of Health (NIH) R25-funded opportunity provides research experience in biomedical areas directly and broadly related to pediatric health and disease. Projects range from basic studies of underlying disease mechanisms to translational research aimed at developing novel disease therapies.

Behavioral Sciences: This opportunity provides research experience in social and behavioral science. Research areas range from behavioral science to big data and modeling methods for healthcare delivery and population health.

Summer Program Details

The SPUR program schedule is 10 weeks. You must commit to working the entire ten weeks and participate in all program workshops.

You will work under the direct supervision of a Sanford Research mentor as part of the mentor's research team.

You will prepare and present a short project proposal at the beginning of the program and a poster describing your research results in a symposium at the conclusion of the program.

You will attend an introductory laboratory methods boot camp and weekly workshops geared toward career preparation and professional development, including topics such as ethics in research, science career opportunities and applying to graduate school.

You will have the opportunity to attend regular research seminars and participate in a weekly GRE preparation course.

You will engage in outreach activities to bring science to the local community. We organize social activities to enable casual interaction with other participants and mentors.

We provide an educational stipend of $5,750 to each student.

You can live free-of-charge on the Augustana University campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Student Eligibility

Any college student majoring in the life sciences, social sciences or other STEM fields is eligible to apply for the SPUR program. You should be in your freshman, sophomore or junior year at the time of application and should be interested in exploring careers in research and graduate school opportunities.

You are encouraged to apply if you attend an institution that does not have substantial research opportunities or are underrepresented in the biological sciences. This includes underrepresented minorities, first-generation college students, individuals from lower-income backgrounds or rural communities, students with disabilities and veterans or members of the Armed Services.
accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 1/31/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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Sanford Research (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
Genetics & Genomics
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Cell Culture
Cellular & Molecular Imaging
Cellular Immunology
Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology
Stem Cell Research

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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