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Primary Institution: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Affiliation: U.S. Dept. of Commerce
City: Gaithersburg
State: MD
Job Duration: up to 11 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Biology/Life Science
Computational science
Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure and Electromagnetic/Optical Properties
Elementary Particles and Fields
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Medical Physics
Nonlinear Dynamics
Nuclear Physics
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Sound and Acoustics
Electrical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
computer science, materials science, nanotechnology and physical science disciplines
Description: Come SURF the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  The program is a 11-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship that provides undergraduate students hands-on research experience in physics, materials science, engineering, computer science, nanotechnology, neutron research, applied mathematics, and other physical science disciplines. We are located just outside Washington, DC.  NOTE: Another NIST SURF program exists on NIST's Boulder, CO campus.

Further information on these opportunities can be obtained by looking our website -  An informational video can be viewed at

In addition to the $5000 stipend, the Fellowship includes travel and housing allowances as necessary. Applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students so make sure to work with your school to get your application in on time.

Student Eligibility Criteria

--Considering pursuing a graduate degree in a technical field
--recommending a GPA of 3.0/4.0, or better.
--Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
-- Attending a U.S. academic institution
--Two letters of recommendation into the program by professors or department chairs
-- a copy of the student transcript,
-- and letter of intent/personal statement - describe your technical interests and why you would like to be in the program.
Stipend: $5,000 for 11 weeks (stipend prorated for students unable to attend full 11 week program)
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/15/2011
Job Website:
Additional Information: NOTE: Students must work with their university or college to submit an application to the SURF program.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Anita Sweigert
NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 8400
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8400
Phone: 301-975-4200
Fax: 301-975-3038
Secondary Contact: Lisa Fronczek
NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 8200
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8200
Phone: 301-975-6633
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