NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship What is NIST? NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency under the Dept. of Commerce NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology NIST creates new products and develops new standards to improve industry and daily life NIST Internships There are two internship programs with separate applications: Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO Each program is 11 weeks long DATES: May 27-August 8, 2008 Housing, a travel allowance (as needed) and a $4000 stipend are provided Eligibility Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors may apply Minimum 3.0 GPA Must be US citizens or permanent residents Should be majoring in the sciences or engineering Should have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. Internship Areas of Focus In Gaithersburg, Maryland In Boulder, Colorado Building and Fire Research Chemical Science and Technology Center for Nanoscale Science Electronics and Electrical and Technology Engineering Chemical Science and Technology Electronics and Electrical Information Technology Engineering Materials Science and Information Technology Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Physics Materials Science & Engineering NIST Center for Neutron Research Physics What do the NIST internships offer? SURFers work directly with NIST Research Advisors SURFers participate in a weekly seminar enrichment program SURFers give talks related to their NIST research projects Fellows are encouraged to present their results at national meetings SURFers are encouraged, but not required, to pursue their Ph.D. through NIST collaborative programs with local universities Research Advisors will be encouraged to visit the host colleges to discuss NIST research SURFers also participate in extramural group activities Some Previous Internship Projects Investigation of Hot Particles in Rocky Flats Soil Material Human Computer Interfaces of Tomorrow: How Science Fiction Has Become Reality Optimization, Quality Assurance, and Quality Control in Neutron Detector Development Wind Load Factors for Tall Buildings Electrostatic Sensing of DNA Using Field Effect Transistors Trace Detection of Illicit Narcotics Utilizing Ion Mobility Spectrometry Find Out More! Visit the NIST websites for helpful info Gaithersburg: http://www.surf.nist.gov/surf2.htm Boulder: http://surf.boulder.nist.gov/index.html These websites feature: Detailed descriptions of 2008 research projects Past internship project abstracts Information about housing and social life How Do I Apply? SEPARATE applications are required for Gaithersburg and Boulder. Apply to one or both! You MUST apply through GW The complete application is due February 1, 2008 Drop off the application at the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research (CUFR), 714 21st Streeet NW Contact the CUFR for application help at email@example.com! You will hear results by the end of March or early April What do I need to apply? The application is available at: Gaithersburg: http://www.surf.nist.gov/app.htm Boulder: http://surf.boulder.nist.gov/index.html PLEASE NOTE: ONLY complete the student application, NOT the institutional application! The student application requires: The Student Application Form Personal statement, including statement of research interests Resume Your official GW transcript and all other university transcripts Two letters of recommendation in signed, sealed envelopes Verification of citizenship or permanent residency Proof of valid health insurance Selection Criteria Student's academic ability and commitment to program goals including: Evaluation of completed course work Expressed research interest Compatibility of the expressed research interest with SURF Program research areas Research skills GPA in courses relevant to the SURF Program Career goals Honors and activities Do your research! Visit the SURF homepages and FAQs!