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1 Please select from the following to describe your citizenship status: Answer to this question is required
  • I am a U.S. citizen
  • I am a U.S. Permanent resident.
  • None of the above
2 Are you currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited 2-year or 4-year
college/university? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 What is the name of your college/university? Maximum length of 500 characters.
    2.2 Where is your college or university location (city,state)? Maximum length of 500 characters.
  • No
3 What is your current class standing by year? For example, a first year student is defined as a freshman,
a second year student as a sophomore, a third year student as a junior, and 4 (or more) years as a
senior. Answer to this question is required
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4 What is your major? Answer to this question is required
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
    4.1 From the options listed, which field of engineering closely relates to your major?
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Fire Protection Engineering
    • Materials Science & Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Materials Science
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Other
    4.1 If responded "other," enter the name of your major. Maximum length of 500 characters.
5 Do you have a second major? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    5.1 What is your second major?
    • Biochemistry
    • Biophysics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Materials Science
    • Physics
    • Statistics
    • Other
  • No
6 Do you have a minor? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    6.1 List the name of your minor. Maximum length of 500 characters.
  • No
7 Please indicate your current cumulative G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale). Note: If your school does not use the conventional grading system, please indicate the equivalent. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 Please indicate your current major G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale). Note: If your school does not use the conventional grading system, please indicate the equivalent. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
9 Is your permanent address within a 30-mile commuting radius of the NIST campus in Gaithersburg,
MD? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    9.1 Participants with permanent addresses in the local commuting area (30 miles from
    NIST campus) only receive consideration for the housing allowance under special
    circumstances. To assist with commuting costs, participants with permanent
    addresses in the local commuting area may be considered for a commuting stipend.
    Do you wish to be considered for the commuting stipend if accepted into the
    program? 
    • Yes
    • No
    9.2 If yes, please specify why you should be considered for a commuting subsidy. Maximum length of 300 characters.
    9.3 What is the name of the city and state of your permanent address? For example,
    Gaithersburg, MD. Maximum length of 300 characters.
  • No
10 If accepted, do you wish to be considered for the housing allowance? Note: Participants are ineligible to receive the commuting subsidy and housing allowance collectively.  Local prticipants only receive consideration for the housing allowance under special circumstances. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 The following NIST operating units participate in the SURF program: Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) in partnership with the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML). All applicants must identify and select first and second choice host laboratories at where they would like to be considered for a possible placement. Laboratories should be chosen carefully, because the completed application is considered primarily by the first choice host laboratory. Please carefully review the laboratory descriptions and acceptance rates at https://www.nist.gov/surf/surf-gaithersburg/research-programs. 

I acknowledge, the host laboratory choices are made at the sole discretion of the applicant and cannot be changed after the application is submitted.  Answer to this question is required
  • Agree
  • Disagree
12 Select your first choice host NIST laboratory from the options shown below. 
Note: MML offers three programmatic choices: Chemical/Biochemical Sciences, Materials Science (which includes projects at the NCNR), and Computational Materials Science. Answer to this question is required
  • Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) -The program researches and develops models, performance metrics, and measurement techniques for wireless communications networks. The lab’s work supports broadband public safety communications, monitoring and sharing the electromagnetic spectrum for more efficient wireless communications, and developing future generations of low-delay, high-speed, ultra-reliable wireless networks. Staff at CTL in Gaithersburg include computer engineers, computer scientists, and electrical engineers who specialize in signal processing.
  • Engineering Laboratory (EL) - The program develops measurements and standards that foster U.S. advanced manufacturing and construction industry competitiveness; improve building, home and fire safety; and reduce the environmental impact of buildings and manufacturing activities. Note Electrical engineers should typically apply to PML.
  • Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) - The program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in applied mathematics, statistics, computer security, information access, software testing, and networking technologies.
  • Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) and NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) - The program combine the strengths of MML and the NCNR to jointly administer hands-on research experience in these three concentration: Chemical/Biochemical Sciences, Materials Science (which includes projects at the NCNR), and Computational Materials Science.
    12.1 Please select the apropriate MML concentration from the options listed below.
    • Chemical/Biochemical Sciences - This concentration addresses the nation’s needs for measurements, standards, technology development, and reference data in the areas broadly encompassed by chemistry, biotechnology, and chemical engineering.
    • Materials Science - This concentration focuses on synthesis, measurements, and theory of innovative materials and devices. Note: This concentration includes projects from the NCNR. Additionally, a limited number of projects are available at the NCNR for students with interest in nuclear engineering and/or reactor operations.
    • Computational Materials Science - This concentration includes the application of modeling, simulation, and computational methods to enhance our understanding of innovative materials and devices. Note: This concentration includes projects within the Materials Genome Initiative.
  • Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) - The program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in physics fields of atomic, molecular, optical, radiation, chemical, and condensed matter physics. There are also areas of electrical engineering and metrology in PML, concerning the development of new electronic devices, electrical Smart Grid deployment, and precision measurement of fundamental units to serve industry’s need for improved and standardized measurements.
13 Select your second choice host NIST laboratory from the options shown below. 
Note: MML offers three programmatic choices: Chemical/Biochemical Sciences, Materials Science (which includes project at the NCNR), and Computational Materials Science. Answer to this question is required
  • Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) - The program researches and develops models, performance metrics, and measurement techniques for wireless communications networks. The lab’s work supports broadband public safety communications, monitoring and sharing the electromagnetic spectrum for more efficient wireless communications, and developing future generations of low-delay, high-speed, ultra-reliable wireless networks. Staff at CTL in Gaithersburg include computer engineers, computer scientists, and electrical engineers who specialize in signal processing.
  • Engineering Laboratory (EL) - The program develops measurements and standards that foster U.S. advanced manufacturing and construction industry competitiveness; improve building, home and fire safety; and reduce the environmental impact of buildings and manufacturing activities. Note Electrical engineers should typically apply to PML.
  • Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) - The program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in applied mathematics, statistics, computer security, information access, software testing, and networking technologies.
  • Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) and NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) - The program combine the strengths of MML and the NCNR to jointly administer hands-on research experience in these three concentration: Chemical/Biochemical Sciences, Materials Science (which includes projects at the NCNR), and Computational Materials Science.
    13.1 Please select the apropriate MML concentration from the options listed below.
    • Chemical/Biochemical Sciences - This concentration addresses the nation’s needs for measurements, standards, technology development, and reference data in the areas broadly encompassed by chemistry, biotechnology, and chemical engineering.
    • Materials Science - This concentration focuses on synthesis, measurements, and theory of innovative materials and devices. Note: This concentration includes projects from the NCNR. Additionally, a limited number of projects are available at the NCNR for students with interest in nuclear engineering and/or reactor operations.
    • Computational Materials Science - This concentration includes the application of modeling, simulation, and computational methods to enhance our understanding of innovative materials and devices. Note: This concentration includes projects within the Materials Genome Initiative.
  • Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) - The program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in physics fields of atomic, molecular, optical, radiation, chemical, and condensed matter. There are also areas of electrical engineering and metrology in PML, concerning the development of new electronic devices, electrical Smart Grid deployment, and precision measurement of fundamental units to serve industry’s need for improved and standardized measurements.
14 Occassionally, an applicant may be a better match for a host NIST laboratory outside the selected first or second choices. Do you wish to be considered by host NIST laboratories outside of those indicated as your first and second choice? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 Periodically, there are opportunities for SURF students to participate in technical special projects in the NIST Standards Coordination Office, Technology Partnerships Office, and the Research Library. These projects may also be of interest to students searching for an economic and international analysis focus. Are you interested in being considered for these opportunites? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
16 Please indicate your availability to participate in the program from the provided options. Will you be available during the entire 11-week program scheduled May 28, 2019-August 9, 2019? Answer to this question is required
  • I'm available for the continuous 11-week program scheduled May 28, 2019-August 9, 2019. Note: This choice indicates you will be available without interruptions (Participants are NOT eligible for vacation or paid time off).
  • I'm available for the continuous 9-week program scheduled June 10, 2019-August 9, 2019. Note: This choice indicates you will be available without interruptions (Participants are NOT eligible for vacation or paid time off).
  • My availability is not reflected in the previous provide choices.
    16.1 Please indicate your availability. Maximum length of 300 characters.
17 Have you previously participated in the NIST SURF program? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    17.1 Please list the mentor's name(s), laboratory affiliation, and the most recent year of participation in the program. For example, Dr. Jane Smith, CTL, 2017. Maximum length of 300 characters.
    17.2 If you were to return, would you prefer to work with the same mentor?
    • Yes
    • No
    • No Preference
  • No
18 Have you previously conducted research at NIST under another program excluding SURF? This includes participation in the SHIP, PREP, or a volunteer program. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    18.1 If so, please indicate the affiliated program, mentor's name, and most recent year of participation. For example, SHIP, Dr. Jane Smith, 2016. Maximum length of 300 characters.
    18.2 If you were to return, would you prefer to work with the same mentor?
    • Yes
    • No
    • No Preference
  • No
19 Briefly indicate if you have an interest in working on a particular project or with a particular mentor.  List no more than one mentor/project. Note: This question will not impact your acceptance into the program. Maximum length of 1000 characters. Answer to this question is required
20 Do you have skills/experience with advanced laboratory techniques or equipment? Note: The skills/experience can be obtained through coursework or on-the-job training. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    20.1 Briefly provide information about your skills/experience with advanced laboratory techniques or equipment. Please include specific details in your resume. Maximum length of 300 characters.
  • No
21 Please indicate if you have experience with the following specialized software. Answer to this question is required
  • LabView
  • Mathematica
  • Matlab
  • Other
  • None of the above
22 Please list other specialized software which you have experience. Maximum length of 300 characters. Answer to this question is required
23 Please indicate if you have experience in the following computer languages. Answer to this question is required
  • C
  • C++
  • Java
  • Python
  • Other
  • None of the above
24 Please indicate your experience in other computer languages. Maximum length of 500 characters. Answer to this question is required
25 List any other special skills not previously mentioned (e.g. hands-on skills with tools, tutoring experience, extracurricular activities, leadership positions). Maximum length of 600 characters. Answer to this question is required
26

Please compose a personal statement (maximum of 6000 characters which includes spacing) in the provided space which includes:

  • Commitment to participate in the program and work in a laboratory environment
  • Description of prioritized research interests
  • Career goals
  • Interest in pursuing graduate studies 
Maximum length of 6000 characters. Answer to this question is required
27 Would you like to address any extenuating circumstances which has not been mentioned elsewhere in your application or supporting documents which would be beneficial in reviewing your application? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    27.1 If so, please express extenuating circumstances in the provided space. Maximum length of 600 characters.
  • No
28 If invited to participate in the NIST SURF Program and desire financial asssistance with housing, I acknowledge that I must indicate in Question 10 my request to be considered for the housing allowance. I will not have the opportunity to request a housing allowance after my application is submitted. Answer to this question is required
  • Agree
  • Disagree
29 Are you also applying to the announcement on behalf of the SURF Program in Boulder, CO? (Note: In 2018, SURF Boulder accepted 24 applicants and SURF Gaithersburg accepted 202 applicants respectively. ) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
30 If invited to participate in the NIST SURF Program, I acknowledge that I must submit an abstract (due half-way through the program) and deliver an oral presentation at the SURF Colloquium (final week of the program). Answer to this question is required
  • Agree
  • Disagree
31 I acknowledge that I am required to show proof of health insurance coverage by attaching a copy of my insurance card in the supporting documents of this announcement and maintain health insurance coverage during the program dates (May 28, 2019 to August 9, 2019) if invited to participate in the program. Answer to this question is required
  • Agree
  • Disagree
32 If invited to participate in the NIST SURF Program, I acknowledge that I am required to undergo a background check. Answer to this question is required
  • Agree
  • Disagree
33 If invited to participate in the program, I acknowledge that I am required to bring the mandated identification with me for entry to NIST on the first day of the program in accordance with the Visitor's Center Policy (https://www.nist.gov/about-nist/visit/campus-access-and-security). Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
34 If I accept an offer to participate in the program, I acknowledge my commitment to participate. If I withdraw my offer after committing to the program, I may be eliminated from consideration for future SURF fellowships. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
35 Did you check the list of required documents? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
36 I confirm that the information provided in this application and supporting documents are true, complete, and accurate. If my application is found to contain false information, my application will be removed from consideration for a fellowship. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Diversity Information 
We collect information pertaining to race and ethnicity to determine if our equal employment opportunity efforts are reaching all segments of the population, consistent with Federal equal employment opportunity laws. 
Responses to these questions are voluntary.
37 What is your race? Select one or more.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • White or Caucasian
  • I decline to provide information pertaining to my race.
38 Are you Hispanic or Latino?
  • Yes, I am Hispanic or Latino.
  • No, I am not Hispanic or Latino.
  • I decline to provide my ethnicity information.
39 Do you identify as male, female, or neither? Answer to this question is required
  • Male
  • Female
  • Neither
  • I decline to answer this question.
40 How did you hear about the SURF Program? Answer to this question is required
  • Career Fair at University/College
  • Professional Conference
  • E-mail from university/college's staff
  • Previous SURF Participant
  • Internet search
  • Other
    40.1 If other, please indicate how you learned about the program in the provided space. Maximum length of 500 characters.