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SURF Gaithersburg

The 2023 SURF Gaithersburg program will be administered in person and virtually. 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.

SURF Gaithersburg Research Programs are available across many STEM disciplines in the following NIST laboratories:

  • Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL)
  • Engineering Laboratory (EL)
  • Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)
  • Materials Measurement Laboratory (MML)
  • NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR, administered jointly with the Material Measurement Laboratory)

  • Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)

Additionally, SURF Gaithersburg may host special projects through NIST's Special Programs Office, Technology Partnerships Office, Standards Coordination Office, and other similar offices.

A large group of NIST Summer Undergraduate Research students stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. A bright green stick figure is drawn in on one side with the words Picture Yourself Here overtop
Each summer, SURF Fellows visit Capitol Hill to discuss STEM special topics with congressional representatives. This picture was captured at the 2018 visit. Next summer, you could be part of the visit!
Credit: K. Arnold/K. Irvine/NIST

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


Created October 22, 2009, Updated January 11, 2023