Program Information

The Sanford PROMISE provides biomedical research experiences for K-12 students and their teachers. Biomedical Research Investigations (BRI) offers middle and high school students an opportunity to engage with authentic scientific questions by performing a series of connected hands-on laboratory activities. If you are interested in other Sanford PROMISE events, please visit

We will offer two workshops during the summer of 2017. Participants must meet the minimum age by June 1, 2017 and do not need to have a Pavilion membership. Participants must be committed to participating for the entire workshop. Confirmation of acceptance and additional information regarding arrival and other details will be provided one month ahead of the scheduled workshop. 

 A $30 activity fee (which includes a Sanford PROMISE t-shirt) is due at the first session (checks payable to Sanford Research).  Cancellations that do not occur one week in advance of the start of the workshop will be billed the $30 activity fee. Limited scholarships are available to students in need of financial assistance; please contact Tamara Ledeboer (at 605.312.6590 or for further information.  

2017 Summer Biomedical Research Investigations Workshops:
Barcoding and Bioinformatics
Middle School Session (Ages 10-14)
Monday, June 5th – Thursday, June 8th ~ 1:00pm-4:00pm
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, 301 S. Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Explore cutting edge biomedical techniques with Sanford Research. Participants will explore the world around them through genetic fingerprinting and bioinformatics of species that they find in the “wild” surrounding the Washington Pavilion.

Barcoding and Bioinformatics
High School Session (Age 13+)
Tuesday, July 11th – Wednesday, July 12th ~ 9:00am-3:00pm
Sanford PROMISE Community Lab, Sanford Research, 2301 E. 60th Street North, Sioux Falls, SD. 

Sanford Research is at the forefront of research in regenerative medicine. Through exploration of genetic fingerprinting and barcoding, our scientists are able to learn more about how we function and heal. Participants will work at the Sanford Research Laboratory to learn these techniques through hands-on activities. There will be a workshop break each day for lunch, lunches are not provided and participants are recommended to bring a sack lunch.