Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
DEADLINE: February 15, 2012 (5:00 PM EST)
Curious about physics, electronics, manufacturing, chemistry,
materials science, or structural engineering? Intrigued by
nanotechnology, fire research, information technology, or
robotics? Interested in biotechnology or biometrics?
Here's your chance to explore your passion!
Spend part of your summer working elbow-to-elbow with
researchers at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST), one of the world's leading research
organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners, through the
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.
Gain valuable hands-on experience, work with cutting-edge
technology, meet peers from across the nation, and explore the
Washington, D.C. or Boulder, CO area.
SURF students work at NIST for 11 weeks*, contributing to an
ongoing research project under the guidance of a NIST scientist
or engineer from one of the Institute's major laboratories
(Physical Measurements, Engineering, Material Measurements,
Information Technology, Neutron Research, and Nanoscale
Science). In addition to your personal project, you'll
have a chance to tour labs and attend a weekly lecture series on
diverse research projects. Participants will receive a
$5,500 stipend and travel and housing allowances (as necessary).
SURF is a competitive program. Basic eligibility
requirements include: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
status, 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, demonstrated potential for
success and an interest in pursuing graduate study.
Approximately 130 fellowships are awarded each year for the
Gaithersburg, MD program and another 22 for the Boulder, CO
program. Each NIST site has its own application
process; if you are interested in projects at both sites, you
will need to submit two
applications (one for each site).
For more information and application information, visit
www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg. Abstracts from the 2011
SURF program can be found at
If you have any questions, please address them to
*The Gaithersburg, MD program runs from May 24 through August 9,
2012; the Boulder, CO program runs from May 21 through August 3,