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Welcome to SURF NIST Boulder

Sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology

May 19 to August 1, 2014

Dear Student or Colleague:

You and your school are invited to participate in the Boulder, Colorado, Laboratories' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Applications for participation in the Boulder SURF program are accepted only from colleges or universities and not from individual students. Please prepare a single proposal from your institution to the SURF NIST Boulder program. This proposal, consisting of forms provided by NIST Boulder, will include a portion completed by an institutional representative and a set of materials to be provided by each student applicant. Opportunities are available in the fields of:

  • Chemical Science and Technology
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics


The student application form should indicate in which projects the student is most interested. Please circulate information about this program to other appropriate academic departments and administrative staff at your institution.

We anticipate providing research opportunities for approximately 22 SURFers at the NIST facilities in Boulder, Colorado.

The SURF NIST Boulder Program will run from May 19 to August 1, 2014; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., quarter systems).

Offers will be made beginning around February 25. Because we use a waiting list, successful applicants must accept or decline within 7 days of receiving an offer.

The NIST site in Gaithersburg, Maryland, also operates a SURF program with a distinctly separate application. Students are encouraged to review research opportunities in the SURF NIST Gaithersburg program. An application for one SURF program does not constitute an application for the other.

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