Applications consist of two parts: (1) The student's university must submit a grant proposal that provides details about its academic program and must nominate one or more students. (2) Students must provide copies of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent or personal statement. The letter should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wants to participate in the SURF program in Gaithersburg, Maryland and what areas of NIST research interest the student.
An upcoming Federal Register Notice will list the due date and all other
requirements applicable to the 2016 program. If you are interested in competing
for a 2016 award, you may find last year's official program announcement in the FY 2015 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity that includes the
SURF Program helpful.
The SURF Program is anticipated to run between May 23 – August 5, 2016 or June 6 – August 5, 2016; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots). Students residing in provided housing have until
August 7, 2016 to remove all belongings.
You will find a list of frequently asked questions here:
The Application Package includes the following documents that are downloadable PDF files readable with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Application checklist (to be completed by student and submitted with the application)
- Student application information cover sheet (one should be submitted for each student)- Student Application
- Combination of all Federal Forms- can be filled and printed
To see the breath of the SURF program, see examples from the past SURF student projects descriptions and activities:
- To receive an application by mail, you may also contact:
- Dr. Brandi Toliver
100 Bureau Dr., Stop 1090
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1090