Skip to main content

South Dakota Science and Technology Authority

The SDSTA manages the Sanford Underground Research Facility.
 Yates Headframe and SDSTA mission statement To advance compelling underground, multidisciplinary research in a safe work environment and to inspire and educate through science, technology and engineering.

Due to poor weather and road conditions, SURF will remain CLOSED for Wednesday, May 22 day shift. Essential personnel only. This message will be updated at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.
Watch this page and Social Media for the latest information or call the weather hotline at 605-722-0002 for updates.personnel

SDSTA Board of Directors and meeting archive

The SDSTA is managed by a board of directors who are appointed by the Governor of South Dakota.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Our statement and policies regarding diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.

Cultural Advisory Committee

This page covers the Cultural Advisory Committee, its members, mission and impacts, and the Cultural Awareness Video

Forward Momentum, The strategic plan for the SDSTA

Download the strategic plan for the SDSTA
Ray Davis look in a tank being built for a solar neutrino experiment.

Our History

In 2006, the Homestake Gold Mine transitioned into a dedicated underground research facility where scientists probe the depths of space to learn more about our place in the universe.
Panoramic view of the Ross and Yates Headframes.

The Facility

The Sanford Underground Research Facility hosts world-leading research experiments in physics, biology, geology and engineering.