Application period: December 2021 to February 2022 (8:59 p.m. PT) [TBA] or when application capacity of 350 is met; the application may close ahead of the deadline

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen and/or permanent resident
  • Undergraduate at U.S. university or college with technical major
  • Health insurance through school or family
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Physics, materials science, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are encouraged to apply. (There may be research opportunities for students with other majors)
  • Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduates as of the application deadline date

Award summary and conditions: Boulder, Colorado, Laboratories' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides research experience for students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering. Opportunities are available in the fields of:

  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Information Technology 
  • Materials Science 
  • Physics

Benefits include an allowance for travel and housing as well as a stipend. 

Application process: online

Application materials:

  • Application cover sheet
  • Application form 
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Personal statement (including statement of research interests) 
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (2) 
  • Verification of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence 
  • Application checklist 

Selection process: Offers are made beginning around February. Successful applicants must accept or decline within 7 days of receiving an offer.
Faculty representative: 
Keith Raether

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