Genetics, dark matter, and education: BHSU research initiatives at Sanford Underground Research Facility

Black Hills State University’s proximity to the Sanford Underground Research Facility 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 the Sanford Lab as another way to create innovative educational opportunities for students.The Life Sciences Laboratory at BHSU a new state-of-the-art science building on campus that provides classroom and laboratory space to accommodate our rapidly increasing number of science students and makes lab space available for visiting researchers.

Enthusiasm about the Sanford Lab extends throughout the BHSU campus. Students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines are involved in initiatives related to the Sanford Lab. As plans for the lab move forward, the BHSU/Sanford activity is developing in: