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SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) Program

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is an 11 week paid internship program for students seeking science and engineering bachelors degrees in accredited colleges and Universities.  Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents.  The program provides students with hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a NIST researcher.  The program, offered jointly by the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) has a focus in the areas of Materials Science (Polymers, Ceramics, Metallurgy, etc.) condensed matter science, Bio Materials, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and related fields.   The program is open to undergraduate students seeking science and engineering degrees in accredited colleges and universities. Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents.

The 2019 program runs from May 28-August 9 and consists of a hands-on research project led by a NIST scientist.   At the end of the 11 weeks, each student is expected to present their work to an audience of other SURF participants, project leaders and their colleagues.

SURF is now accepting applications for the summer of 2019!  To apply, please submit your application at  Search “Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)Program at Gaithersburg” to find the announcement.  (The USAJobs vacancy announcement number for SURF Gaithersburg is SURF-2019-0004, to verify you have the correct announcement.)  SURF Boulder and SURF Gaithersburg receive and process applications separately. 

Applications are due March 4, 2019.

Note: Letters of recommendation must be uploaded with the remainder of the required documents in USAJobs.

Application details and general information are available on the NIST SURF website. For more information on the research projects available, please visit the MML SURF website.

To gain a better understanding of what type of research a SURF participant may in, the presentations are available at our SURF materials page.

For more information regarding the MML/NCNR SURF program, please contact the SURF Directors:

Center for Neutron Research
joseph.dura [at] (Dr. Joseph Dura)
100 Bureau Dr, STOP 6102
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102
Phone: (301) 975-6251
Email: Joseph.Dura [at]
julie.borchers [at] (Dr. Julie Borchers)
100 Bureau Dr, STOP 6102
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102
Phone: (301) 975-6597
Email: Julie.Borchers [at]
Material Measurement Laboratory
Dr. Amanda Forster
100 Bureau Dr, STOP 8315
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8315
Phone: (301) 975-4912
Email: Amanda.Forster [at] (")
Created August 24, 2018, Updated February 16, 2019