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SURF Boulder

Thank you for your interest in the NIST SURF Program.  NIST has not determined if the program will be held virtually or in-person. Additional, details about the 2022 SURF Program are anticipated to be announced in December 2021. 

Dear Student:

You are invited to participate in the Boulder, Colorado, Laboratories' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Applications for participation in the Boulder SURF program are accepted only on USAJobs.Gov. Opportunities are available in the fields of:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Physics

We anticipate providing research opportunities for a limited number of SURFers occurring remotely. Note: The SURF Program will not be conducted virtually and not require travel to the Boulder, CO campus.

The SURF NIST Boulder Program will run from May 24 to August 6, 2021; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., quarter systems).

Offers will be made beginning around March 1st. Because we use a waiting list, successful applicants must accept or decline within 7 days of receiving an offer.

The NIST site in Gaithersburg, Maryland, also operates a SURF program with the different application. Students are encouraged to review research opportunities in the SURF NIST Gaithersburg program. An application for one SURF program does not constitute an application for the other.


Dr. Brandi Toliver
NIST SURF Program Manager
E-mail: brandi.toliver [at]


Created January 6, 2014, Updated October 19, 2021