December 02, 2010
Undergraduate Summer Program at NIST
Summer Opportunity for Undergraduates at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
11 weeks, $5,000 stipend + travel and housing allowances, and experience working with world-class physicists, physical scientists, chemists, and engineers at two great locations. Apply by February 15, 2011.
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National Institute of Standards and Technology/Civil Rights and
100 Bureau Drive MS 1080, Gaithersburg MD 20899
From automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST?s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program gives undergraduate students a chance to gain valuable scientific research experience by working on projects of economic importance. The program, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is committed to attracting and training future generations of scientists and engineers. SURF students work on their own project for 11 weeks and contribute to an ongoing research project under the guidance of a NIST scientist or engineer from one of the Institute?s major laboratories (Materials Measurement
Laboratory, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Information Technology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST Center for Neutron Research). A summer-long lecture series and tours expose students to a sampling of diverse research topics.
SURF is a competitive program. Applications submitted by the student universities are ranked and reviewed; and students are matched with advisors based on technical interests. About 130 fellowships in Gaithersburg, MD and another 22 fellowships in Boulder, CO are awarded each year. Over 1000 students have participated in the SURF program since 1993 and when asked about their experience: 83% said SURF helped them make a decision about their career type, 73% said SURF helped them make a decision about their field of study; and 94% said that SURF gave them a deeper understanding of what it is like to be a
If you know good undergraduate students that would like to try out a research career for the summer, please tell them about the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program (www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg or www.nist.gov/surfboulder). They will get to spend the summer working elbow-to-elbow with researchers at the NIST, one of the world?s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. They will gain valuable hands-on experience, work with cutting-edge technology, network with students from all across the nation, sample the Washington, DC or Boulder, CO area, and get paid while they
We offer this 11-week summer internship program every summer. The deadline for this year's program is February 15, 2011. Students that are accepted into the SURF program, we receive a stipend ($5,000), and travel and housing allowances. For the students that live outside of the immediate Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO areas, we provide funds to pay for shared apartments and travel to/from the area. FYI - Students pay for food and entertainment expenses out of their own funds.
The SURF program regularly receives rave reviews from its participants. For example:
* We contributed in a meaningful way to ongoing work.
* I have a much better idea of what I want to do in the future.
* One of the most valuable experiences that I will appreciate for
the rest of my life.
* The work I did this summer will actually make a difference in
* The hands on experimental experience was second to none.
Posted by kshedden at December 2, 2010 09:29 AM