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National Institute of Standards and Technology Virtual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Boulder in Boulder, Colorado


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking undergraduate students to serve as guest researchers for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. SURF is focused on developing talent and experience for careers in STEM which supports the NIST mission. To learn more about the program, visit



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We are looking for students who are interested in gaining valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology inone of the world’s leading research organizations. Additional preference will be given to students who possess the followingqualities: Interest in conducting scientific research in a remote location.

Current enrolled undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) at a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education in the U.S.or its territories at the time of application. Graduating seniors may apply to the program and must be a registered undergraduate at thetime of application.

Pursuing a STEM related major including but not limited to biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science,mathematics, nanoscale science, and/or physics.

Considering pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.).

Commit to eleven (11) full continuous weeks (Monday through Friday) during the summer of 2021 to participate in the SURF Program. Due to the length of the program, students are not permitted to take vacation.

We especially encourage applications from groups underrepresented in STEM, including those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, person with a disability, and/or LGBTQI+.



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