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  Encourage high school seniors to apply for Davis-Bahcall program by Jan. 27

The Davis-Bahcall program is an all-expense paid, summer travel program sponsored by the Sanford Underground Research Facility, Black Hills State University, the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium and First Premier Bank. Davis-Bahcall Scholars will spend five weeks of their summer exploring the world of modern scientific research at some of the nation’s leading laboratories and universities.

They will spend one week at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and travel to other research laboratories in the United States and in Italy. Topics explored will include physics and a variety of other science and engineering topics. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from distinguished professors from all over the world.

The application deadline is Jan. 27, 2020. The application is available on the Department of Education’s Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program webpage.

Program Dates: June 7-July 12, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Be age 18 or older at time of travel
  • Be a high school senior or college freshman at time of application
  • Attend a South Dakota public, private, or home school or postsecondary institution or have graduated from a South Dakota high school
  • Have a demonstrated interest in science with the intent of pursuing an advanced degree in a math, science, engineering, or technology field
  • Students may only participate in the program once
To apply for the Davis-Bahcall program, candidates must submit:
  • Program application form
  • Official high school and college transcripts, including standardized test scores when possible
  • 500- to 700-word essay that conveys their interest, qualifications, how they would benefit from the program, and how they would contribute to the program
  • Letter of recommendation from a current science teacher
  • Resume detailing academic achievement and extracurricular activities
Finalists will participate in a virtual interview. Up to eight Davis-Bahcall Scholars will be chosen by mid-March.

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