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Impact and History

A lasting impact and a legacy of discovery
A collage of images of the various experiments at Sanford Lab.

Science impact

SURF advances world-leading science and inspires learning across generations
Students work on E&O curriculum unit.

Education Impact

SURF's education team uses hands- and minds-on learning and 3-dimensional instruction to transform teaching and learning in K-12 STEM education.
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Economic impact

Through regional spending and job creation—both direct hires at SURF and jobs generated by large science projects on-site—SURF has created a ripple of impacts throughout the state.
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.