The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) and the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) encourage undergraduate STEM majors to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at the NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD. The MML/NCNR program is specifically designed to provide hands-on research experience in Chemistry/Biochemistry and Materials Science.
MML/NCNR SURF Program
2016 SURF Program Dates: May 23 to Aug 5, 2016 (11 wk); Jun 6 to Aug 5, 2016 (9 wk)
Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
2015 MML/NCNR SURF Fellows & Program Coordinators
Chemistry/Biochemistry or Materials Science?
SURF Program in Brief: SURF Fellowships include a stipend, travel, and housing allowances. Application packages must be submitted by the student’s academic institution; e.g., by a faculty member or other appropriate administrative staff. When applying, students should indicate their first- and second-choice programs from among the six possible choices. Applications may be considered by any of the programs, with preference given to the student’s indicated first choice.
Complete information about the program and application process is available on the NIST/SURF home page.
Other NIST laboratories also participate in the SURF program so be sure to check out their web pages. MML also offers SURF opportunities at the Boulder NIST campus, so check out the NIST SURF Program at the Boulder campus as well.
Student Eligibility Criteria
SURF Student Expectations
General Overviews of MML & NCNR
Material Measurement Laboratory
The MML conducts research in analytical chemistry,
biochemical science, ceramics, chemical and biochemical reference data,
materials reliability, metallurgy, polymers, surface and microanalysis
science, and thermophysical properties of materials.
The NCNR is a major national user facility and resource for industry, universities, and government agencies with merit-based access made available to the entire U.S. technological community. Neutrons are powerful probes of the structure and dynamics of materials ranging from molecules inserted into membranes mimicking cell walls to protons migrating through fuel cells. The unique properties of neutrons can be exploited by a variety of measurement techniques to provide information not available by other means. They are particularly well suited to investigate all forms of magnetic materials such as those used in computer memory storage and retrieval. Atomic motion, especially that of hydrogen, can be measured and monitored, like that of water during the setting of cement. Residual stresses such as those inside stamped steel automobile parts can be mapped. Neutron-based research covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, including engineering, biology, materials science, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Current experimental and theoretical research is focused on materials such as polymers, metals, ceramics, magnetic materials, porous media, fluids and gels, and biological molecules.Back to top of the page
NIST SURF Program
Rebecca Zangmeister (MML)
Russell Johnson, III (MML)
Julie Borchers (NCNR)
Joseph Dura (NCNR)
Amanda Forster (MML)
Edwin Chan (MML)