Sanford Research Awarded NSF Grant for Undergraduate Research

Posted on: March 23, 2023   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
Sanford Research

This piece by Sanford Research was published March 21.

Sanford Research has been awarded a nearly $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund undergraduate cellular and molecular biology research. This is the third NSF grant Sanford Research has been awarded since launching a 10-week undergraduate summer program in 2010.

From the NSF Abstract:
This REU Site award to Sanford Research, located in Sioux Falls, SD, will support the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2024 – 2026. It is anticipated that a total of 30 students, primarily from schools with limited research opportunities or from an under-represented group, will be trained in the program. Emphasis will be placed on students who have historically faced barriers to participation in science, students with disabilities, and veterans. The objectives of the program are to provide exceptional research experiences in Cellular and Molecular Biology to undergraduate students, support the pursuit of graduate degrees and research careers, and increase diversity in the scientific community. Students will learn how research is conducted, and many will present the results of their work at scientific conferences.

The summer program focuses on cellular and molecular biology as well as other research specialties at Sanford Research. The program is the only one of its kind funded by an NSF grant in the state of South Dakota, which provides career and professional development training to prepare students for research careers.

The NSF funding is designed specifically to fund research opportunities for undergraduate students with an emphasis on students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU program. Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.