ITL 2019 SURF Program
The Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors to apply for the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at the NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in applied mathematics, statistics, computer security, information access, software testing, and networking technologies.
2019 SURF Program Dates:
Gaithersburg Program Dates:
May 28, 2019 - August 9, 2019
The application process has changed. Students can now apply to the 2019 program without assistance of their universities. Check back later for the link to the posting on USAJOBS (tentatively scheduled to open in December 2018).
ITL Areas of Research Opportunities:
- Applied and Computational Mathematics Division
- Advanced Network Technologies Division
- Computer Security Division
- Information Access Division
- Software and Systems Division
- Statistical Engineering Division
- Applied Cybersecurity Division
The Fellowship will include a stipend of $5,500 for the 11-week period. Students that can not make the full 11-week program will be paid at $500 per week. Additionally, students accepted in the SURF Program residing within the local commuting area and not eligible for NIST provided housing are entitled for supplemental commuting allotment up to $500 at the amount is at the discretion of the accepted laboratory).
Student Eligibility Criteria
- Students must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major;
- Students must have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.);
- Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
- Students will need two letters of recommendation into the program by science and engineering professors/department chairs, a student transcript, and a letter of intent/personal statement; and
- Students with applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.
Plan of Operation
- SURFers work directly with ITL Research Advisors.
- SURFers participate in a weekly research seminar program and in extramural group activities intended to enrich the fellowship experience.
- In addition to the required presentation during the SURF Colloquium at the end of the session, SURFers are encouraged to present their research results at national meetings, or to work with their advisors to submit manuscripts on their work to peer-reviewed research journals.
- SURFers are encouraged to pursue graduate work after they finish college, up to the Ph.D. degree.
For more information and to apply, go to the related links.