Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Award Info:

$5,500 student stipend paid.

Internships - This is a continuous 11-week appointment scheduled May 18, 2020 to July 31, 2020. Students are appointed as guest researchers not federal employees.

Full-Time - Participants are expected to report to duty Monday though Friday during the hours of 8:30 AM-5:00 PM. Note: Due to the length of the program, students are not permitted to take vacation or attend summer school.


The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world's leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners.

Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST facilities which are the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) (which now includes project in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology). The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations. Applications are required to be submitted through USAJOBS.

Note: Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the SURF Program.