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For Immediate Release: Nov. 17, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Davis-Bahcall Scholarship offers opportunities to young scientists

High school seniors and college freshmen may now apply for Davis-Bahcall Scholarships and the chance to study next summer at the Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory in Lead, Princeton University in New Jersey, and overseas – if funding allows.

Applications are available on the South Dakota Department of Education’s website. Up to 12 South Dakota students will receive scholarships. The deadline to apply is Dec. 22.

Select students will be invited to interview for the program at various locations in the state, and scholarship recipients will be announced by early March.

Learning from distinguished professors from around the world, Davis-Bahcall Scholarship recipients spend one month in the summer studying fields such as physics, engineering and geology.

In addition to the one-month summer study, the students have an opportunity to apply for pre-selected summer internships.

To be eligible for the scholarships, high school seniors or college freshmen must attend public or private high schools or colleges in South Dakota. Home-school students also are eligible. Students must have a demonstrated interest in science and intend to pursue advanced degrees in math, science, engineering or technology.

The scholarships, which are funded by the 3M company and the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, are named for renowned physicists Dr. Ray Davis and Dr. John Bahcall.

For more information, including details about the application procedure, visit the South Dakota Department of Education’s scholarships page at