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The SURF Foundation

SURF Foundation

What We Do

The Foundation supports SURF's mission to advance world leading science and inspire learning across generations. As the philanthropic arm of SURF, the Foundation builds strong relationships around the globe and opens doors for public and corporate contributions to support SURF’s mission. The Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, raises funds to support SURF programs and initiatives.


The Institute for Underground Science at SURF

The Institute unites today’s research and tomorrow’s discoveries.

Attendees listen in a classroom setting to one of many presentations during the 2023 CETUP* summer workshop at SURF.

Building Excitement Through Community Engagement

  1. Neutrino Day

  2. Public Events

  3. Čhaŋgléška Wakȟáŋ

  4. Artist in Residence

  5. Visitor Center

Inspire and Engage

The exciting science and engineering taking place nearly a mile underground helps us inspire and engage students, educators, and the wider community through a variety of programming. Programs are supported through private donations to the SURF Foundation.

The view of the LZ experiment sitting next to the LUX experiment in augmented reality at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.


SURF's Internships provide a unique learning environment in which undergraduate students work with experts from around the world to gain valuable real-world experience. 

Internship Opportunities

Teacher Professional Development

SURF's professional development workshops leverage tested teaching techniques and innovative science to transform the teaching of K-12 science.

Learn More about Teacher PD

Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program

Through SURF’s Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program, students experience a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity that takes them around the world of modern scientific research. 

Program Details

K-12 STEM Education

For many schools, travel to SURF for field trips and other events and activities creates a hardship. The SURF Foundation eases this burden by providing funds for travel and other expenses. 

See What Our E&O Team Offers