ITL/CTL 2016 SURF Program
The Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) and the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invite undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors to apply for the 2016 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, networking, and communications technologies.
2016 SURF Program Dates: May 23 to August 5, 2016
Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Specific ITL/CTL research opportunities include:
Advanced Internet technologies
The Fellowship will include a stipend of $5,500 for the 11-week period, in addition to travel and housing allowances.
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/CTL 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.