National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program

9 January 2018

Your school has been invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, engineering, and mathematics. This e-mail contains information about the program hosted at NIST’s Boulder, Colorado, campus and NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus.

Applications for participation in the SURF program are accepted only from colleges or universities and not from individual students or faculty. We invite your Office of Sponsored Programs or Grants Office, to prepare a single proposal to the SURF program. (A separate proposal is required for SURF Boulder and SURF Gaithersburg.) This proposal will include a portion completed by an institutional representative and a set of materials provided by each student applicant. For detailed information about the application process, download a copy of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) at the following websites:

Application due date:

Monday, February 12, 2018 (**Only electronic application submissions will be accepted via until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the due date)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and Permanent U.S. Resident with a valid green card
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) at a U.S. College or University during the time of application; seniors graduating in May 2018 are eligible to apply.
  • Majoring in biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, physical sciences, physics, and/or statistics 
  • Have a 3.0 G.P.A. or above
  • Considering pursuing a graduate degree or career in a STEM discipline

Research Opportunities Matching

  • Students applying to the SURF Boulder program will be matched to opportunities in the Boulder divisions:

        Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

        Public Safety Communications Research Division

        RF Technology Division

        Applied Physics Division
        Quantum Electromagnetics Division
        Time and Frequency Division

  • Students applying to the SURF Gaithersburg program will be matched to opportunities in the Gaithersburg laboratories:

       Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)

       Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL)

       Engineering Laboratory (EL)

       Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)

       Material Measurement Laboratory (MML)

       NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)

      Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)

Please circulate the information about this program to other appropriate academic departments and administrative staff at your institution. We encourage you to print (attached flier) and post our information poster that is attached to this message.

For additional information and application materials about the NIST SURF Program, please visit:

Or register for an upcoming webinar (open to students and university staff):

Best regards,
SURF Program Director

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