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Applications for the two-week, fully supported summer program are due Jan. 29, 2021


LEAD, SD— Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) is accepting applications for the 2021 Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program through Jan. 29, 2021.

The Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program is a two-week, fully supported summer program in the Black Hills that allows students to explore the world of modern scientific research. In 2021, the program will run from July 3 to July 18. This all-expense-paid summer-study program is a hosted by Sanford Lab and Black Hills State University.

The Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program is open to South Dakota high school seniors and first-year undergraduates who have an interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Whether you are hoping to explore new fields or to narrow down your career path, this program provides real-world experiences that help as you pursue an undergraduate career in STEM.

“The program seeks to broaden student experiences with STEM fields. Students are immersed in different STEM fields and areas of research to broaden their perspective and create connections with people in those fields from whom they can learn,” said Deb Wolf, director of Education and Outreach at Sanford Lab.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program was postponed. Students who were selected for the 2020 program are invited to participate in the 2021 program. An additional eight students will be selected for the 2021 program. In 2021, the Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program has been shortened from five to two weeks and travel plans are subject to change.

During your undergraduate career, summer experiences allow you to explore opportunities, build connections and envision where your degree might take you. In 2021, we invite you to spend your summer at Sanford Lab through the Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program. For a program summary and eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the South Dakota Department of Education’s website.

The Education and Outreach program is a collaborative venture between Sanford Lab and Black Hills State University. Our goal is to use the excitement and promise of deep underground science and engineering to inspire and engage students, educators and the wider community through a variety of programming. Learn more at

Sanford Lab is operated by the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) with funding from the Department of Energy. Our mission is to advance world class science and inspire learning across generations. Visit Sanford Lab at

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