Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
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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 the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST facilities 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 project in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology). The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations. Applications are required to be submitted through USAJOBS.
Note: Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the SURF Program.
2020 SURF Program Announcement
Interested in gaining valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations? Want to advance measurement science , standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life? Would you like to learn about a career in public service? If you answered "yes" to at least one of these questions, we hope you consider an internship at NIST. Details pertaining to the Summer 2020 Program are anticipated to be announced late-November 2019.
Taking Measure Blog
NIST plans to organize webinars December 17, 2019 and January 9, 2020. Registration information will be available a month before the scheduled webinar.
February 3, 2020 (anticipated)