This summer the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will again provide about 125 full-time undergraduate research fellowships for college students majoring in physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, mathematics and computer science. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the program provides 12 weeks of paid employment and gives young scientists and engineers an opportunity to work in NIST research laboratories alongside some of the world's leading experts in science and technology. Positions are available in both Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., for the time period, May 22 to Aug. 11, 2006.
Students must be recommended by their departments and applications must be submitted from each college or university as a group by Feb. 15. Students interested in applying should contact the administrative office for their departments as soon as possible for instructions.
In operation since 1993 and known as the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, or SURF, the program offers a unique, hands-on learning experience. Students work with mentors on NIST research projects using cutting-edge technology. Other benefits include regular seminars held on the NIST campuses throughout the summer on a broad array of current science and technology topics and the opportunity to meet peers from across the United States. A video that includes interviews with past SURF student participants is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb3mETtSGy0.
For more information on the SURF program or to obtain a copy of the application, please visit www.surf.nist.gov/surf2.htm (Gaithersburg) or http://surf.boulder.nist.gov (Boulder) or contact Anita Sweigert, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8400, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-8400.