Summer research experience at NIST

Posted on October 28th, 2010 by

It’s time again to start thinking about applying for the summer research program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This is for students majoring in any area of science, mathematics, or engineering. This is a really cool and pretty competitive program– Gustavus students have been very successful in recent years in securing support for this program. You’d be conducting research among government researchers at a NIST lab in the Washington, D.C. area. The nine participating labs cover the areas of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, physical sciences, physics, and statistics.  If you’re a student and you’re interested, there is more information about the NIST-SURF program at

The application deadline for next summer is February 15th, 2011. Though the deadline seems far away, interested students should start working on this soon, because the application does take some time to complete and because Gustavus can only nominate a limited number of students. If you wish to apply, contact Bob Weisenfeld ( who is our institutional representative who will formally nominate interested students. He will also assist Gustavus nominees with the narrative portion of the application.

The stipend is $4500 for 11 weeks and NIST also pays housing and travel costs. (Normally these travel costs just are enough to get you there and back, not to ship you home for visits on the weekend or to travel around town once you’re there.)


If you know of a student research opportunity you’d like to see me blog about here (or if you’d like to write a guest blog post), e-mail me (brussell) and let me know!


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