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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, SURF

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is an 11 week paid internship program which provides students with hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a NIST researcher.  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. The MML/NCNR Material Science SURF program, offered jointly by 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.  For examples of previous research projects see the presentations on our SURF materials page.  For further information, please  also visit the MML SURF website and the NIST SURF website.

The next program will run from May 26-August 7, 2020 .  

Application is NOW OPEN and will close on February 3, 2020, or once 1000 applications have been submitted.  Please refer to "The 6 Step Guide to Submit a NIST SURF Application."

UPDATE:  the deadline has been extended to February 9th, but the 1000 application limit is still in place. 


Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents seeking STEM degrees in accredited colleges and universities.  Letters of recommendation must be uploaded with the remainder of the required documents in USAJobs.

For more information or questions regarding the MML/NCNR Material Science SURF program, please contact the SURF Directors.



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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SURF Items of Interest:

27 August 2018

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Grants are available from Sigma Xi (application deadline October 1st 2018)


NCNR SURF Accomplishments:


(Click here for complete list)

  1. Mechanical control of crystal symmetry and superconductivity in Weyl semimetal MoTe22, Heikes, C., Liu, I.-L., Metz, T., Eckberg, C., Neves, P., Wu, Y., Hung, L., Piccoli, P., Cao, H., Leao, J., Paglione, J., Yildirim, T., Butch, N.P., and Ratcliff II, W., Arxiv:1804.09093 [cond-mat] (2018)
  2. Structure-property relationships at Nafion thin-film interfaces: Thickness effects on hydration and anisotropic ion transport, DeCaluwe, S.C., Baker, A.M., Bhargava, P., Fischer, J.E., and Dura, J.A., Nano Energy 46, 91–100 (2018)
  3. Relaxation dynamics of saturated and unsaturated oriented lipid bilayers, Nanda, H., García Sakai, V., Khodadadi, S., Tyagi, M.S., Schwalbach, E.J., and Curtis, J.E., Soft Matter 14, 6119–6127 (2018)
2018 Paul Neves Goldwater award
  Daevin Hugh Clifford Beck Award for Academic Excellence in Physics and Engineering
  Daevin Hugh UMD Department of Mechanical Engineering Chairman's Award for Excellence in Academics, Outstanding Service, or Leadership;


(Site under construction.  For corrections, comments, or if you would like your NCNR SURF accomplishment to be added to the site, please email Joe Dura) 


NIST Center for Neutron Research SURF Directors

MML SURF Director

Created September 24, 2019, Updated May 4, 2020