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Congratulations to several Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering undergraduate students on their recent selection into the 2013 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program.

SURF is a unique summer research program stationed in Boulder, Colorado, for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Two ASU engineering students received fellowships to the Boulder SURF program—mechanical engineering and electrical engineering undergraduates, Johnathan Vo and R. Scott Mongrain.

Sponsored by NIST and National Science Foundation, the fellowships allow students to spend the summer at NIST Laboratories, conducting and contributing to ongoing research projects in their areas of interest ( NIST received 121 student applications for the Boulder program this year, and selected an exclusive 11 from across the nation, including Vo and Mongrain.

Another SURF summer program is hosted at NIST Laboratories in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Two ASU students were awarded fellowships for the 2013 summer, and while one student is unable to attend the program, Stuart Ness, a chemical engineering undergraduate, will be accepting the fellowship and traveling to Maryland for this exciting research experience.

Competition was high in the Maryland program; NIST received just under 600 applications for Gaithersburg fellowships and selected about 190 (

Both programs run from late May to early August.

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