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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program 
"SURFing the Information Technology Laboratory"  


Application Deadline: February 15, 2013

2013 Program Dates are anticipated to run between May 23 through August 9, 2013

The Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. This program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Software Testing, Computer Security, Information Access and Networking. Located just outside Washington, DC, available research opportunities include:

Computer Science / Information Technology


Human Interaction with Computing Technologies
Computer Accessibility

Networking and Communications

Computer Network Modeling
Integrated Cellular, WiFi, and Other High-speed Wireless Networks
Mobile Communications for Police/Fire/Rescue Applications
Pervasive Computing
Multimedia Computing

Computer Security

Information Security
Biometrics for Computer Access and Security
Computer Forensics

Software Engineering

Trustworthy Software
Software Measurement Science
Software Quality Testing
Digital Data Retrieval and Preservation


Natural Language and Speech Processing
Computational Linguistics
Intelligent Systems Evaluation
Information Visualization
HealthCare Informatics

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematical Modeling
Graph Theory
Monte Carlo Methods
Scientific Visualization
Image Analysis
Data Mining
Machine Learning
Experimental Design
Network Science
Computational Biology
Combinatorics & Testing

Further information on many of these opportunities can be obtained by looking at the descriptions of ongoing Information Technology research given by the National Research Council in their announcement of the NRC postdoctoral research associate program at NIST (then click on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)), as well as the NIST publication Guide to NIST.

The Fellowship will include a stipend for the 11 week period, in addition to travel and housing allowances. Applications must be submitted by the school; e.g., by the chair of an academic department or by appropriate administrative staff.

In addition to "SURFing the Information Technology Laboratory" program there is also a SURF program in each of the other NIST Laboratories (PL, MEL, BFRL, EEEL, CSTL, MSEL). Check out their web pages as well! Also check out the Main NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) homepage.

Student Eligibility Criteria

Students must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major, have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.).  Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply.  There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.

Plan of Operation

SURFers work directly with NIST Research Advisors
SURFers participate in a weekly research seminar program and in extramural group activities intended to enrich the fellowship experience
Fellows are encouraged to present their research results at national meetings
SURFers are encouraged to pursue their Ph.D. degree

Main NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) homepage. Download an application and information packet then print out the required forms or call Anita Sweigert at (301)975-4200, e-mail: anita.sweigert@nist.gov.  

For more information contact:

Isabel Beichl
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8910
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910

Charles Sheppard
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8940
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910

Elizabeth Lennon
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8900
Gaithersburg, MD  28099