The Center for Life Beyond Reed

National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST)

Setting a Course Toward a Career in Science or Engineering?

Spend your summer working elbow to elbow with researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), one of the world's leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Gain valuable hands-on experience, work with cutting-edge technology, meet peers from across the nation, sample the Washington, DC (or Boulder, CO) area. And get paid ($5500) while you are learning. Be a part of the the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at NIST.

Basic eligibility requirements: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status; undergraduate status, recommend 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; demonstrated potential for success and an interest in pursuing graduate study. 

The application requires a Reed nomination, so please follow these instructions:

The Reed application process has a final deadline of noon,  February 2, 2018. You can begin the process by creating drafts of your statement and resume and asking your selected references if they would be willing to write you a letter of support.  Applications can be uploaded here:

Students must scan and upload the following application materials in pdf format:

1. Student Application Form -- download here: 

SURF Gaithersburg: (see "Student application information cover sheet" on that page)

SURF Boulder: (see "Student application information cover sheet" on that page) 

2. A resume

3. A copy of your transcript (request from the Registrar's office)

4. Two letters of recommendation (You are responsible for asking and making sure your faculty references email their letters of support in pdf format to Jane Woodcock (  by noon on February 2, 2018.

5. Personal statement of commitment to participate and description of prioritized research interests

6. Verification of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residence (a copy of birth certificate, passport, or green card)

NOTE:  You can apply to either the Gaithersburg (Washington DC area) office or the Boulder office OR you can apply to both of them.  If you apply to both, you will need to tailor each application accordingly and UPLOAD each application by the deadline.  Your personal statement and letters of support are vital to your application's success. The personal statement should discuss your interest in the subject, your future goals, and what you hope to get out of the summer internship and, in turn, what you hope to contribute. The letters should be from faculty with whom you have worked and in whose classes you have demonstrated particular skill and aptitude. Make sure your references have plenty of time to complete letters of recommendation, and that they are in a position to speak very positively about your work, and your chances for success.

I. Upload all of the documents above to: no later than12:00, noon, February 2, 2018.

Further information and application materials may be found at these Web sites:
     SURF NIST Boulder

     SURF NIST Gaithersburg


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