SURF plans to announce the details for the 2020 program in late November 2019! The anticipated application is February 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET).
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The application process for the SURF Program has changed this year. Students must apply on USAJobs.Gov to be considered for acceptance into the program. To apply to the program, a USAJOBS profile is required. If you do not have a profile, please create it here . To learn more information about NIST, the SURF Program, and the revamped application process, you are encouraged to view a recently recorded webinar.
Note: The university component has been removed from the application requirements. Thus, universities should not submit proposals nominating students to participate in the SURF Program.
A completed application contains the following:
- Questionnaire which includes the personal statement. The personal statement (maximum of 6000 characters which includes spaces) should include
- Description of scientific interest
- NIST laboratory preference and why you selected that laboratory
- Expected impact if accepted
- Description of future plans after graduating from undergraduate studies
- A brief (two pages or less) resume which includes name, e-mail, school name, G.P.A., research experience, technical skills, extracurricular activities, and graduation date (example resume )
- Transcript(s) from undergraduate institution only (unofficial is acceptable).
- Two (2) letters of recommendation - Please request the letters from individuals who are knowledgeable about your academic achievements and research experience. Feel free to ask your professors (current and past), research mentors, or internship supervisors.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship: Proof includes a copy of an unexpired U.S. Passport, birth certificate, or naturalization certificate.
- Verification of health insurance (copy of insurance card)
The SURF Program at the Gaithersburg campus is anticipated to run between May 26 – August 7, 2020 or June 8 – August 7, 2020; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots). Students are expected to participate in the program until August 7, 2020.
You will find a list of frequently asked questions here:
To see the breadth of the SURF program, see examples from the past SURF student projects descriptions and activities: