The Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) encourages undergraduate students to apply to its Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.
SURFing the Physical Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is a partnership with American colleges and universities, stimulating outstanding science and engineering students to pursue scientific careers by exposing them to the world-class facilities in the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory, and strengthening undergraduate physics curricula by forming the basis for ongoing collaborations.
Research areas in PML
See PML's "What we do" page.
Student Eligibility Criteria
- Must be enrolled as an undergraduate at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major.
- Intend to pursue a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in engineering, physical science, or information technology.
- GPA of 3.0/4.0, or better.
- Must be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Two letters of recommendation into the program by physics, chemistry or engineering professors/department chairs, student transcript, and letter of intent/personal statement.
Plan of Operation
- SURFers work directly with NIST Research Advisors.
- SURFers participate in weekly seminar program, during which Fellows and Advisors present their research projects; SURFers also participate in extramural group activities intended to enrich the fellowship experience.
- Fellows are encouraged to present their research results at National Meetings.
SURF Program Quick Facts
- Application Deadline: Due to the shutdown, the SURF announcement posting on USAJobs.Gov has been delayed. Please continue to check the website or click here to be notified of updates pertaining to the SURF Program. Thank you for your patience in advance.
- Program duration: 11 weeks (May 28, 2019 to August 9, 2019)
- In 2018, fellowships included a $5,500 stipend, travel reimbursement, and housing allowances.
- The SURF application process has changed for the 2019 competition. Eligible students must apply for acceptance into the SURF Program on USAJOBS.