Black Hills State University’s proximity to the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) at Homestake combined with a high level of interest among faculty and staff has created numerous collaborative projects not only in science but also in science education and across the disciplines. Students at BHSU have already had the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research and are poised to maximize future opportunities as they emerge.
“Our faculty and students have been proactive about getting involved in activities at Sanford. Black Hills State University is known for transforming the lives of students. Sanford Underground Research Facility
has the potential to transform not only BHSU, but also the Black Hills region and the entire state,” BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says. “What was once a gold mine is now a mine for knowledge with implications that will reach around the world.”
BHSU is celebrating the nationally designated Year of Science and sees the activity at SURF as another way to create innovative educational opportunities for students. BHSU recently broke ground for a new science building on campus that will provide classroom and laboratory space to accommodate our rapidly increasing number of science students and make lab space available for visiting researchers.
Enthusiasm about SURF extends throughout the BHSU campus. Students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines are involved in initiatives related to SURF. As plans for the lab move forward, the BHSU/Sanford activity is developing in: