Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Institution Type 
National Government Laboratory
Gaithersburg or Boulder
Maryland or Colorado
All STEM Fields; Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.
Start Date 
MD Campus = May 26, 2015; CO Campus= May 18, 2015
End Date 
MD Campus = August 9, 2015; CO Campus = July 31, 2015
Hrs / Week 
February 13, 2015
The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST laboratories which are the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), Engineering Laboratory (EL), and Information Technology (ITL), Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), and NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR).
Citizenship Requirement The program is open to United States citizens and permanent residents. School Requirement Applicants must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a technical major. Health Coverage Requirement Applicants must be covered by health insurance through their school or family. Academic Requirements A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or better is recommended. Students with physics, materials science, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors. Classification Requirements Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduates as of the application deadline date. Successful applicants must make arrangements to receive their fellowship and stipend funds from their educational institutions.
Dr. Brandi Toliver
Number of Participants 
Housing Provided 
Subsistence Provided 

Housing arrangements have been made with a local apartment complex for the SURF students to share fully furnished 2-bedroom (4 beds) apartments. Students should expect to share a bedroom with one other person. Additionally, a travel allowance is available for students.