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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.

Vacancy announcements for the SURF 2023 program are OPEN, and accepting applications!

The SURF 2023 program format is hybrid, including in-person and virtual components. Prospective applicants must apply no later than 11:59 PM (ET) on February 1, 2023, for consideration for the program.

The SURF program runs from May 22 to Aug 3, 2023.

Applicants may also find it helpful to view frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Welcome and thank you for your interest in SURF at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The SURF program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting-edge technology in one of the world's leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners.

Over 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST Operating Units which are the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) (which now includes projects in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology).  The SURF Program is administered at the Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado locations.  Applications must be submitted through USAJOBS.

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