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SURF Boulder

The 2023 SURF Boulder program will be administered in person. Prospective applicants must apply to the program by 11:59 PM (ET) on February 1, 2023. The vacancy announcement, including the online questionnaire, requirements, and application, can be found here.

Dear Student:

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

SURF Boulder Research Opportunities are available across many STEM disciplines in the following NIST laboratories:

  • Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL)
  • Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)
  • Materials Measurement Laboratory (MML)
  • Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)

The NIST site in Gaithersburg, Maryland, also operates a SURF program with a different application. Students are encouraged to review opportunities in the SURF Gaithersburg program.


Created January 6, 2014, Updated January 11, 2023