ITL 2018 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 2018 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.
A note from Heidi Sauber, Maggie Sauber’s (SURF 2017) mom ….
Maggie had such an amazing experience at NIST this summer. I didn't understand much of her presentation (other than when she thanked her mentors ☺) but at least I know what a virtual reality cave is now. Not only did it sharpen her technical skills but she met a great group of students from all over the country plus when she interviewed with JP Morgan last week they asked her to do a technical presentation and she modified SURF for it!
Thank you so much for helping to make it a summer she will always remember!
2018 SURF Program Dates:
Gaithersburg Program Dates:
May 29, 2018 - August 10, 2018
Application Deadline: 2019 program information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Specific ITL research opportunities include:
Orthogonal polynomials and special functions
Signal and image analysis
Combinatorics and graph theory
Data mining and machine learning
Quantum information science
Immersive and VR-based Scientific Visualization
Mathematical knowledge management
Scientific software development
High performance computing
Applications in Biology
Applications in Chemistry
Applications in Forensic Science
Applications in Physics
Computer Security:Lightweight cryptography
Quantum secure cryptography
Circuit minimization for cryptography
NIST public randomness beacon - Applications
Cryptographic (algorithms and modules) validation
Cognitive-based system security and risk management
System Security Automation
Attribute Access Control
Cloud computing and Virtualization
Internet of Things and Cyber-physical systems - Security and privacy
Combinatorial system testing
Threat and vulnerability management (NVD)
Application behavior analytics
Security and Privacy Risk management (FISMA)
Supply chain security
Information Access:Data science
Human interaction with computing technologies
Human language technology
Natural language and speech processing
Healthcare information technology and informatics
Software measurement science
Software quality testing
Digital data retrieval and preservation
Networking:Advanced Internet technologies
Advanced cloud and mobile computing technologies
Complex systems analysis of networks
Network function virtualization
Machine-to-machine networking (loT/CPS)
Localization and context-aware networking
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.