Sanford PROMISE Scholars Announced

Local Students Participate in Summer Science Research Program  

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Four high school seniors from the region have been selected as the first Sanford PROMISE Scholars. These students were chosen to participate in biomedical science research internships through the Sanford Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration (PROMISE), an innovative new program designed to prepare and inspire the next generation of scientists.
Each student will receive a $2,500 college scholarship and participate in an eight-week unique internship in a laboratory at Sanford Research. The interns each have their own research project this summer, working alongside scientists in this premier research environment. They were selected from a group of highly motivated high school seniors with an interest and aptitude in biomedical sciences who applied to the program.
This year’s scholars include:
• Rachel Thornton, Roosevelt High School, is working with Sanford PROMISE co-director Jill Weimer, PhD, in Children’s Health Research. Thorton’s project looks at genetic factors that influence development of the human brain.
• Anna Rice, Mitchell High School, is working with Denyelle Kenyon, PhD, in the Health Disparities Research Center. Rice designed an original project to analyze the electrical output of the masseter muscle, a muscle of the jaw used for chewing, related to sour and sweet candy.
• Paul Greenfield, Lincoln High School, is working with David Pearce, PhD, and Chun-hung Chang, PhD, of the Children’s Health Research Center. His project will use advanced techniques to explore the chemical differences in tissue samples derived from an animal model of a rare pediatric lysomal storage disorder.
• Brianna Titus, West Central High School in Hartford, is working with Sanford PROMISE co-director Peter Vitiello, PhD. Her project will explore factors that influence the proper development of the neonatal lung.
This internship program is just one of the ways that the Sanford PROMISE will connect communities, educators and students with new frontiers in research and science. This initiative is part of Sanford’s commitment to enhance and develop science education throughout the Sioux Falls and Fargo regional communities.
The Sanford PROMISE is designed to include a variety of hands-on opportunities that engage students, science teachers, current scientists and life-long learners. The program includes community lectures, side-by-side learning opportunities for students with researchers and continuing education programs where educators can work with scientists and develop curriculum and experiments to take back to the classroom.
About Sanford Research/USD
Sanford Research/USD is a non-profit research organization formed between Sanford Health and the University of South Dakota. Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and represents the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities, eight states and three countries. In 2007, a transformational gift of $400 million by Denny Sanford provided for an expansion of children’s and research initiatives, specifically finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, and has given Sanford Research significant momentum in its goal of becoming one of the premiere research institutions in the United States and the world. With a team of over 180 researchers, Sanford Research comprises several research centers, including The Sanford Project (type 1 diabetes), Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Health, Health Disparities, Methodology and Data Analysis, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Native American Health and the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance.
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Contact:
Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
605-328-7056 or 605-366-2432 | stacy.jones@sanfordhealth.org