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Welcome to SURF NIST Boulder

Sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology

May 18 to July 31, 2015

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 Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Science
  • 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 18 to July 31, 2015; 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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NIST will be holding two webinars to give information regarding the SURF program. They will have information for students as well as university contacts. Because the program support is awarded to universities and colleges, and not to individual students, information will be provided on the necessary paperwork that would need to come from a university sponsored programs office or equivalent office to enable the students to apply to the program.

Jan 22: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/r107ufh4pu0w&eom

Jan 26: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/9fruslduzms8&eom

The times for the webinars are from 1:30 to 3:00 PM EST.

There will be an opportunity for questions following each presentation.