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South Dakota Science and Technology Authority
To help carry out SURF's Mission, the SURF Foundation advances philanthropy to inspire and educate through science, technology and engineering.

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SURF Institute

Today, SURF houses world-leading, multidisciplinary research and incorporates that research into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. We seek to bring scientists from around the globe to explore new science initiatives, while providing a unique space in which they can learn more about our universe.

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Scientists of the Future

Our commitment to K-12 education encourages children to see themselves as scientists, researchers and engineers. Our internships offer students the opportunity to learn from experts and gain real world experience. Based on high science standards, Sanford Lab’s innovative curriculum modules highlight the science of Sanford Lab and are designed to inspire and challenge every student. Since 2015, we have impacted the lives of more than 50,000 students – a number that grows every day. We make a concerted effort to reach out to under-served populations, especially those in rural areas. In 2020, the Education and Outreach team’s work was recognized as a world-wide model for science education and workforce development.

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Beyond the Classroom, into the Community

We invite guest speakers, scientists and others to help us tell fascinating stories behind the science taking place nearly a mile underground. Our public outreach programs have reached more than 30,000 people since 2008. This includes individuals who have attended public events like Neutrino Day, Deep Talks, Nobel Day and our many presentations that are offered to groups across the country and around the globe.

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United in One Space

To attract the best science in the world, we plan to update our Education and Outreach facilities and design a facility to house the SURF Institute. This physical space is critical to three key areas:

  • Creating a collaborative, synergistic and stimulating environment for the development of new initiatives.
  • Sharing and fostering growth within the science community and encouraging cooperation among countries and institutions.
  • Offering more opportunities for STEM educators to interface with scientists from around the world. 

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