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1 What is the name of your college/university? Maximum length of 500 characters. Answer to this question is required
2 Where is your college or university location (city,state)? Maximum length of 500 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 From the provided options, select the choice which best describes your college/university. Answer to this question is required
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institution
  • Community or Junior College
  • Hispanic-Serving Institution
  • Historically Black College or University (HBCU's)
  • Military Academy
  • Tribal College or University (TCCU's)
  • Other
4 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
5 What is your major? Answer to this question is required
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
    5.1 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
6 Do you have a second major? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    6.1 What is your second major?
    • Biochemistry
    • Biophysics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Materials Science
    • Physics
    • Statistics
    • Other
  • No
7 Do you have a minor? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    7.1 List the name of your minor. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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. Additional information about CTL can be found at https://www.nist.gov/ctl/ctl-2018-surf-program.
  • 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. Additional information about EL can be found at https://www.nist.gov/el/surf-program. 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. Additional information about ITL can be found at https://www.nist.gov/itl/how-work-us/itl-surf-program.
  • 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. Additional information about MML and NCNR can be found at https://www.nist.gov/mml/mmlncnr-summer-undergraduate-research-fellowship-program-surf.
    11.1 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. Additional information about PML can be found at https://www.nist.gov/pml/pml-summer-undergraduate-research-fellowship-program.
12 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 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. Additional information about CTL can be found at https://www.nist.gov/ctl/ctl-2018-surf-program.
  • 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. Additional information about EL can be found at https://www.nist.gov/el/surf-program. 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. Additional information about ITL can be found at https://www.nist.gov/itl/how-work-us/itl-surf-program.
  • 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. Additional information about MML and NCNR can be found at https://www.nist.gov/mml/mmlncnr-summer-undergraduate-research-fellowship-program-surf.
    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. Additional information about PML can be found at https://www.nist.gov/pml/pml-summer-undergraduate-research-fellowship-program.
13 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
14 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
15 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 24, 2021-August 6, 2021? Answer to this question is required
  • I'm available for the continuous 11-week program scheduled May 24, 2021-August 6, 2021. 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 7, 2021-August 6, 2021. 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.
    15.1 Please indicate your availability. Maximum length of 300 characters.
16 Have you previously participated in the NIST SURF program? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    16.1 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.
    16.2 If you were to return, would you prefer to work with the same mentor?
    • Yes
    • No
    • No Preference
  • No
17 Did you apply to the 2020 SURF Program? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    17.1 Did you receive an offer to participate in the 2020 SURF Program from a sponsoring NIST Lab?
    • Yes
    • No
  • 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. As a reminder, you must list the sponsoring laboratory in your preferences to be considered for a specific project or mentor.  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, special projects, tutoring experience, extracurricular activities, leadership positions). Maximum length of 600 characters. Answer to this question is required
26 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
    26.1 If so, please express extenuating circumstances in the provided space. Maximum length of 600 characters.
  • No
27 All research for the virtual SURF Program will be conducted on a desktop computer or laptop.  Do you have a personal laptop or computer with updated anti-virus software?  Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
28 All research opportunities in the virtual SURF Program require internet connection to access the NIST network. Do you have access to reliable internet? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
29 I understand that the SURF Program is occurring virtually for Summer 2021. Thus, if I accept an offer to participate in SURF, my fellowship will consist of a stipend only. Note: The fellowship does not include a housing allowance and commuting subsidy for the 2021 Program. 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 Are you also applying to the announcement on behalf of the SURF Program in Boulder, CO? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
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 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 24, 2021 to August 6, 2021) if invited to participate in the program. Answer to this question is required
  • Agree
  • Disagree
34 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
35 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
36 Did you check the list of required documents? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    36.1 I understand that a complete application submission includes two (2) letters of recommendation submitted by the closing of the vacancy announcement. Furthermore, I understand that it is my responsibility to notify references through the online application system to submit letters on my behalf. Note: NIST will not accept hard copy letters or letters sent as e-mail attachments.
    • Agree
    • Disagree
  • No
37 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.
38 Do you identify as male, female, or neither? Answer to this question is required
  • Male
  • Female
  • Neither
  • I decline to answer this question.
39 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.
40 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.
41 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