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The CHRNS SURF Program at the NCNR

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is an NIST-wide, 11 week, paid internship program which provides students with hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a NIST researcher.  The next program will run from June 3, 2024 - August 16, 2024.  Learn more about SURF.

The MML/NCNR Material Science SURF sub-program, offered jointly by the Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), is focused in the areas of Materials Science (Polymers, Ceramics, Metallurgy, etc.), Condensed Matter Science, Bio Materials, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Computational Science and related fields.  To apply to this sub-program, please select “MML/NCNR Material Science” as your first-choice laboratory when applying. (Please refer to "The 6 Step Guide to Submit a NIST SURF Application.")

SURF interns at the NCNR are supported by the Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS). For examples of previous research projects see the slides from the students' oral presentations on our CHRNS SURF Presentations page.  For a list of publications, refer to the CHRNS SURF Publications page.

For more information or questions regarding the CHRNS SURF program at the NCNR, please contact the SURF Directors: Leland Harriger (leland.harriger [at], Susana Marujo Teixeira (susana.marujoteixeira [at], and Julie Borchers (julie.borchers [at]

Support for SURF students at the NCNR is provided by CHRNS  (Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering), which is a national user facility that is jointly funded by the National Science Foundation and the NCNR



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Created September 24, 2019, Updated January 2, 2024