Smith College participates in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, engineering, and mathematics. There are two program sites: one at NIST‘s Boulder, Colorado campus and another at NIST‘s Gaithersburg, Maryland campus. Smith College students participated in NIST SURF in 2016 and 2017 (1 student), 2015 (2 students) and 2014 (3 students).
|NIST SURF at Boulder provides opportunities for approximately 20 SURFers. Opportunities are available in the fields of:
||NIST SURF at Gaithersburg provides opportunties for appoximately 120 SURFers. Opportunities are available in the following NIST labs:
Applications for participation in NIST SURF are accepted only from participant colleges and universities, not from individual students or faculty. With assistance from Smith College’s Sponsored Research Office, Science Center staff prepare an institutional proposal for each program. The proposal includes an institutional application plus materials provided by each student applicant.
- Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and undergraduates at a US college.
- A 3.0 GPA or better is recommended.
- Apply only if you are available to participate in the full program: Boulder – May 22 to August 4, 2017 and Gaithersburg – May 22 to August 4, 2017 (2018 dates will be substituted once they are confirmed).
- Interested students send their completed SURF NIST application(s) to Margaret Lamb (firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject SURF NIST) by January 23, 2017 (2018 date will be substituted once deadline details are confirmed; assume similar timing for now).
A complete application includes: The completed application form/cover sheet (for Boulder, for Gaithersburg., copies of all relevant college transcripts, current resume, confirmation that two letters of recommendation have been requested, a letter of intent or personal statement, and proof of citizenship/permanent residency. The letter of intent/personal statement should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wants to participate in the SURF NIST program and what areas of NIST research interest the student. Samples of the letter of intent/personal statement.
- Two letters of recommendation for each application should be sent directly by the faculty member to Margaret Lamb (email@example.com with the subject SURF NIST) by January 23, 2017 (2018 date will be substituted once deadline details are confirmed; assume similar timing for now).
- The institutional grant application deadline February 15, 2017 (2018 date will be substituted once deadline details are confirmed; assume similar timing for now)