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NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Laboratories’ SURF program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in 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.Travel expenses and a stipend are included.

Office Application Deadline: February 5, 2018


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Current undergraduate
  • Pursuing a degree in a science, math, engineering, or technology field
  • At least a 3.0 GPA (3.5 for first-year applicants)

Application Process: The university is required to gather all applications and submit one complete application packet, so there is an internal deadline listed above. Complete applications are submitted directly to our office via email ( or hard copy (321 Boucke Bldg.) A complete application is comprised of the following materials:

  • Application form (available below)
  • Resume (include any laboratory skills or computer languages, etc.)
  • Personal statement (including statement of research interests, see note below)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters should come directly from your reference and can be emailed so long as they are on letterhead and signed
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable)
  • Verification of citizenship (copy of passport, birth certificate, etc.)

The application cover sheet mentioned on NIST SURF's website will be provided by our office for each applicant. Note:  The personal statement is an essay about you and why you think that you should get into the program. Use it to describe yourself and what you would like to do with your future. Often this letter can give the reviewers the information they need to recommend acceptance into the program. The SURF reviewers also use this information to match you with a summer project, so make sure to mention if there is an area you really like.

Current Status: 
First-Year Student, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Duration of Award: 
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)
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Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802