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Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program

Up to eight students will be chosen to participate in this all-expense-paid summer-study program. Two or three of the students enrolled at South Dakota universities will be designated South Dakota Space Grant Consortium Davis-Bahcall Scholars.

Program Summary

Join a two-week, fully supported summer program in the Black Hills that allows you to explore the world of modern scientific research. The Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program is open to South Dakota high school seniors and first-year undergraduates who have an interest in STEM fields.

Program Dates: July 3 – 18, 2021


To apply for the Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program, candidates must submit:

  • Program application form (Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2021)
  • Official high school and college transcripts, including standardized test scores when possible
  • 500- to 700-word essay that conveys your interest, qualifications, how you would benefit from the program, and how you 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.

  • The interview panel will include three to five people
  • Davis-Bahcall Scholars will be chosen before the end of March

Submit application materials to:
Deb Wolf, Sanford Underground Research Facility
630 E. Summit St., Lead, SD 57754

Applications may also be submitted electronically to debra.wolf@bhsu.edu

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

Questions may be directed to Deb Wolf, Director of Sanford Lab Education & Outreach.