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The National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) project is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to experience a summer working in their field of study. Participants gain an advantage over their peers by learning and growing in a specialized and exciting environment.

NIST SURF is for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering who are looking for a chance to spend 11 weeks learning beyond the classroom. Students who are awarded the fellowship spend the summer in either the District of Columbia area (Gaithersburg, Md.), or Boulder, Colo., conducting and contributed to ongoing research projects in their areas of interest.

If you are interested in learning more about this unique program, please download the SURF brochure for more details.

Download the NIST SURF brochure

Robin Hammond, the director of Engineering Career Services and Adrianne Hott, research advancement administrator in the Dean’s Office, will be assisting students in their applications and submissions. There is an internal deadline for submissions on Feb. 6.

Students wanting to apply should contact Adrianne Hott,, to receive an application. Submit the completed application back to Adrianne by Feb. 6 to be considered for the program.

D.C. area opportunities (Gaithersburg, Md.) –

Students can participate in any one of the six NIST laboratories:

  • Material Measurement Laboratory
  • Physical Measurement Laboratory
  • Engineering Laboratory
  • Information Technology Laboratory
  • Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • NIST Center for Neutron Research

Boulder, Colo. opportunities –

Opportunities are available in the fields of:

  • chemical science and technology
  • electronics and electrical engineering
  • information technology
  • materials science and engineering
  • physics


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