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National Institute of Standards and Technology, REU

Primary Institution: U. S. Dept of Commerce
Affiliation: U. S. Dept of Commerce
City: Gaithersburg
State: MD
Job Duration: up to 12 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure and Electromagnetic/Optical Properties
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Medical Physics
Nonlinear Dynamics
Nuclear Physics
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Sound and Acoustics
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
quantum computing
Description: The Physics Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has a 9- to 12-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program providing hands-on research experience in Atomic, Molecular, Optical, Radiation and Chemical Physics. Located just outside Washington, DC, available research opportunities include:

Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy
Atoms and Molecules on Surfaces
Collisions of Atoms and Molecules
Environmental Radioactivity
Industrial Radiation Dosimetry
Laser Cooling and Trapping    Optical/Infrared Detector Development  
Optical Tweezers
Physics of Radiation Therapy
Quantum Optics
QED Effects on Atomic Structure
UV Optics
-- and many others

Further information on many of these opportunities can be obtained by looking at the descriptions of ongoing Physics Laboratory research given in the Guide to NIST. An informational video can be viewed at

The Fellowship will include a stipend, and travel and housing allowances. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students.

Student Eligibility Criteria

--Intent to pursue a Ph.D. in atomic, molecular, optical, radiation, medical, or chemical physics.
--GPA of 3.0/4.0, or better.
--Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident at a U.S. academic institution.
--Two letters of recommendation into the program by physics, chemistry or engineering professors/department chairs, student transcript, and letter of intent/personal statement
Stipend: $4,000
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/15/2005
Job Website:

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Anita Sweigert
NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 8400
Building 221, Room B160
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: 301-975-4200
Fax: 301-975-3038
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