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App Deadline for Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program

Davis Bahcall

January 20, 2023 • 5:00 pm

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The Davis-Bahcall program is an all-expense-paid, summer science program sponsored by the Sanford Underground Research Facility, Black Hills State University, the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium and First Premier Bank.

The selected scholars will join a group of peers for a four-week, fully supported program exploring leading national and international laboratories and universities in the Black Hills, across the Midwest and in Chicago, Illinois. The Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program is open to South Dakota students entering their first or second year of college who have an interest in STEM fields. Topics explored will cover physics plus a variety of other science and engineering topics. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from distinguished professors from all over the world.

The Davis-Bahcall scholars program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will allow students to connect with STEM experts globally. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 20.

Up to eight students will be chosen to participate in this all-expense-paid summer-study program. Two or three of the students enrolled at South Dakota universities will be designated South Dakota Space Grant Consortium Davis-Bahcall Scholars.

Program Dates: Sunday, June 11, through Sunday, July 9.  Application deadline is January 20, 2023.

Candidates must:

  • Be age 18 or older at time of travel.
  • Be a high school senior or college freshman at time of application.
  • Attend a South Dakota public, private or home school or postsecondary institution or have graduated from a South Dakota high school.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in science, with the intent of pursuing an advanced degree in a math, science, engineering or technology field.
  • Students may only participate in the program once.

To apply for the Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program, candidates must submit:

  • Program application form (Application Deadline: Jan. 20, 2023)
  • Official high school and college transcripts, including standardized test scores when possible
  • 500- to 700-word essay that conveys your interest, qualifications, how you would benefit from the program, and how you would contribute to the program
  • Letter of recommendation from a current science teacher
  • Resume detailing academic achievement and extracurricular activities

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