SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AT NIST

Another great opportunity we saw in the Message Center that we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) programs at its Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO campuses. These programs provide research opportunities for undergraduate students to work with internationally known NIST scientists and gain exposure to cutting-edge research.

The SURF programs are supported by the National Science Foundation, and each summer, students spend about 11 weeks at one of the NIST sites, meeting peers and gaining valuable hands-on research experience.

At the Gaithersburg campus, students can work in the areas of nanoscale science, engineering, computer science, information technology, mathematics, materials science, chemistry, biology, neutron research, physics, and/or statistics. More information on the program at Gaithersburg can be found at http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/ and in 2014, NIST expects to host approximately 90 students at Gaithersburg.

In Boulder, SURF students can participate in research in Chemical Science and Technology, Electronics and Electrical engineering, Information Technology, Materials Science, and Physics. More information on the NIST SURF program at Boulder can be found at http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/ and in 2014, NIST expects to host approximately 18 students at Boulder.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications are submitted by Bucknell University, not by the individual students. Students wishing to participate must contact: Dr. David Schoepf, Department of Physics and Astronomy (david.schoepf@bucknell.edu) ASAP to initiate the nomination process.

The full application packet is due to Dr. Schoepf by no later than FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2014.

Nominated undergraduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents and must be currently registered at a university or college in the US or its territories with a scientific major at the time of application. Those with a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research, and or physics are encouraged to apply (there may also be research opportunities for students with other majors).

NIST SURF participants receive stipends and housing and travel allotments (see Dr. Schoepf for details). The programs are expected to run between May and August. Please see the individual program sites (at links listed below) for full programmatic info.

SURF in Gaithersburg
http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/
Application materials:
http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/app.cfm

SURF in Boulder:
http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/
Application materials:
http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/app.cfm

Interested students should contact Dr. Schoepf (david.schoepf@bucknell.edu) ASAP and complete their applications by no later than 2-7-14

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