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National Institute of Standards and Technology SURF Program

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SURF Program

The NIST is one of the nation's premiere research institutions for engineering and physical sciences. The NIST-SURF program is for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the STEM fields. NIST-SURF participants will work one-on-one with NIST scientists and will have the opportunity to work on projects such as an evaluation of the quality, whiteness, and color rendering of different correlated color temperatures of solid-state lamps in the NIST Spectrally Tunable Light Facility. The 2020 NIST-SURF program will take place at NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO. This is a paid internship opportunity and each student will receive a competitive stipend and travel funding. Students may apply to both locations (Boulder and Gaithersburg) depending on their research interests. 

Undergraduate Student Eligibility:
Each undergraduate student nominated to participate in the SURF Program from the applicant college or university must meet all of the following requirements:

1) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
2) Commit eleven (11) full continuous weeks, or nine (9) full continuous weeks for the nine (9) week program, (Monday through Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the summer of 2018, to participate in the SURF Program.
3) Be a currently registered undergraduate at the applicant university or college in the U.S. or its territories at the time of application. Graduating seniors may apply for the program but must be a registered undergraduate at the time of application.
4) Are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research and/or physics majors are always encouraged to apply. There may also be research opportunities for students with other majors. Refer to the evaluation criteria and selection factors for additional recommendations.
5) It is recommended that students have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better out of a possible 4.0.

Interested in applying?

Students must receive a nomination from the University of Houston to apply. To be considered for a nomination, please submit the following required application materials to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards by the campus deadline, January 30, 2020 (11:59pm, CST). Do not submit to Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.

Required application materials:

(a) NIST-SURF Application Checklist (same for both locations)
(b) NIST-SURF Student Application Form (same for both locations)
(c) Resume
(d) Two letters of recommendation*
(e) Transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)
(f) Personal statement of commitment to participate in the program and working in a laboratory environment, a description of prioritized research interests, career goals, and interest in pursuing graduate studies
(g) Verification of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residence, (e.g., copy of birth certificate, passport, or green card)

*Letters of Recommendation: Letter writers should email their recommendations to Dr. Ben Rayder at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.