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National Institute of Standards and Technology –

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)


For More Information, Contact: Dr. Brandi Toliver (SURF Program Manager),

Who Can Apply:  Students majoring in engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics or other related majors with at least a 3.0 GPA who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.  Students should be interested in pursuing a graduate degree.

Description: Spend your summer working with researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the world’s leading research organizations. Gain valuable experience, work with cutting-edge technology, and meet students from all over the county. You will work in one of the nine NIST laboratories:

  • Building and Fire Research

  • Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

  • Chemical Science and Technology

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

  • Information Technology

  • Manufacturing Engineering

  • Materials Science & Engineering

  • NIST Center for Neutron Research

  • Physics

The SURF Program dates depend on the location; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots). There is one in Gaithersburg, MD ( and one in Boulder, CO ( 

Award: The stipend is $5,500. Housing and travel are provided for out-of-state students or students who live to far away too commute.

UMD Campus Deadline: February 2, 2018. This is 10 days before the published SURF deadline to allow for processing by the UMD Grants Office. Applications for both SURF programs are only accepted from universities.  Individual students may not apply directly. You must turn in your complete application packet to the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office, 1131 Martin Hall.  This is a week before the published SURF deadline to allow for processing by the UMD Grants Office.  No exceptions will be made. A complete application includes: Application, Resume, Personal Statement, Original Transcript, Two (2) Letters of Recommendation, Proof of Citizenship/Permanent Residency.

National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD
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