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Impact and History

A lasting impact and a legacy of discovery
Researcher working in a glovebox.

Science impact

Sanford Lab's dedication to science, research and development and engineering, as well as its innovative approach to education, make it a world-leading science facility.
Students conduct experiments at the Lab

Education Impact

Sanford Lab's education team uses hands-on learning and 3-Dimensional instruction to transform teaching and learning in K-12 STEM classes.
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Economic impact

The science at Sanford Lab has a tremendous economic impact throughout the region and the State of South Dakota.
Ray Davis look in a tank being built for a solar neutrino experiment.

Our History

For 125 years, Homestake delved deep for gold. In 2006, the mine became a dedicated research facility where scientists probe the depths of space to learn more about our place in the universe.