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CHIPS Articles: NIST Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program Goes Virtual

NIST Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program Goes Virtual
Applications due Feb. 14
By CHIPS Magazine - February 4, 2021
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) designed the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports its mission. Since 1993, the SURF program has hosted more than 3,000 undergraduate students from across the nation at NIST’s laboratories in Boulder, Colorado; Gaithersburg, Maryland; and Charleston, South Carolina.

Now, in an effort to prioritize the health of NIST staff and future student fellows, SURF is going virtual for the first time.

Shifting to a virtual program has allowed NIST to be more creative in preparing students for STEM careers. Though participants may not get to work with the latest laboratory equipment or play in the annual soccer tournament, SURF will still offer a challenging and rewarding experience.

The virtual SURF Program includes:

  • An 11-week paid research experience mentored by a NIST scientist or engineer;
  • Weekly technical seminars featuring experts from a variety of STEM disciplines;
  • A professional seminar series to prepare participants for careers in STEM;
  • Virtual tours of NIST laboratories (tentative);
  • A flexible work schedule;
  • The ability to work from anywhere in the U.S. and its territories; and
  • Numerous opportunities to socialize and meet fellows from other schools.

If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, NIST is encouraging you to attend an upcoming virtual *Lunch and Learn to hear more about SURF and ask questions about the application process. NIST will share more details about the virtual program with incoming fellows after selections are completed.

Applications are now open. To be considered for a virtual opportunity, apply for SURF Boulder or SURF Gaithersburg no later than Feb. 14, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

*SURF Application Q & A Sessions Scheduled February 5th and February 10th @ Noon E.T.
If you wish to attend a virtual session to learn more about the SURF Program and get answers to your questions, send an e-mail to brandi.toliver@nist.gov for details. Your e-mail must be received 24 hours before the scheduled session.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) designed the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Graphic Credit B. Hayes/NIST
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