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1 The NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

2 NIST  Bird’s eye view Courtesy HDR Architecture, Inc./Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing G. Wheeler The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is where Nobel Prize- winning science meets real-world engineering. With an extremely broad research portfolio, world-class facilities, national networks, and an international reach, NIST works to support industry innovation – our central mission.

3 NIST Laboratories Material Measurement Laboratory Physical Measurement Laboratory Engineering Laboratory Information Technology Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology NIST Center for Neutron Research Driving innovation through Measurement Science and Standards Metrology Laboratories Accelerating the adoption and deployment of advanced technology solutions Technology Laboratories Providing world class, unique, cutting- edge research facilities National User Facilities Communication Technology Laboratory

4 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) SURF is a partnership, supported by NIST and the participating colleges/universities, for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering Eleven week fellowships are available in all the NIST laboratories, both in NIST Gaithersburg and NIST Boulder. Students apply through their respective university; grants are awarded to the university. Student stipend is $5500, plus housing and travel support The 2014 SURF Program: Gaithersburg: 179 participants Boulder: 23 participants NIST has benefited not only from former SURF students returning for graduate or postgraduate studies, but several are now permanent NIST staff members

5 An Application consist of two parts: (1) The student's university must submit a grant proposal with the required federal grant forms, along with a description about its academic program, a summary list of the student(s) being nominated, and a brief narrative about each nominated student. The full listing of required documents is found in the FY 2015 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity, This notice contains the official program announcement with application due dates and all other requirements applicable to the 2015 program. Another copy of the announcement can be found on the Grants.gov siteFY 2015 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (2) Students must provide copies of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a student application form, an application checklist, verification of citizenship or permanent residency, and a letter of intent or personal statement. The letter should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wants to participate in the SURF program and what areas of NIST research interest the student. Each student packet is included in the overall submission by the university. As per the FFO, we cannot accept individual student packets, only those included in the overall grants submission by the university or college. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 13, 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

6 Student information: Student stipend is $5500 for 11 weeks, housing and travel is also included  Gaithersburg program is from May 26, 2015 to August 7, (11 weeks) o Limited number of 9-week fellowships available (Mon 6/8/2015 – Fri 8/7/2015) o NOTE: All Gaithersburg students must attend through the final date in August  Boulder program is from May 18, 2015 through July 31, 2015 (11 weeks) o 11 weeks mandatory, start date can vary for a limited number of students Part of the package to be submitted by the student:  Appropriate SURF Student application form (either Gaithersburg or Boulder)  Resume (IMPORTANT: be sure to include any laboratory skills or computer languages, etc., you have)  Personal statement of commitment to participate and description of prioritized research interests  Two letters of recommendation  Transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)  Verification of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residence, (e.g. legible copy of birth certificate, passport, or green card)  Appropriate Application Checklist (shown on following slide) Submit your completed Student Application Package to your school contact for inclusion with the Institutional Application Package. DO NOT SEND YOUR STUDENT APPLICATION SEPARATELY. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 13, 2015

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9 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) Institution Information: (University or college) Follow the guidelines found in the FY 2015 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity, notice. This contains the official program announcement with application due dates and all other requirements applicable to the 2015 program. Another copy of the announcement can be found on the Grants.gov site.FY 2015 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity An application package includes:. Financial documents, including SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, CD-511, SF-LLL A word-processed document written by the applying college or university with a.A description of the institution's education and research programs, b.A summary list of the student(s) being nominated, and c.A brief narrative about each nominated student Packet of the required information for each student (application form, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement of commitment and interests, verification of U.S. citizenship or legal residence, SURF Application Checklist) FULL APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 13, 2015

10 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) For Students: Gaithersburg Applications – indicate area of interest in your Personal Statement Boulder Applications – indicate six research opportunities (prioritized) on your student application form

11 NIST Gaithersburg: SURFING CNST – The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Projects support nanotechnology from discovery to production by providing industry, academia, NIST, and other government agencies with access to world- class nanoscale measurement and fabrication methods and technology. Primary focus areas are: future electronics; nanofabrication and nanomanufacturing; and energy storage, transport, and conversion Range of Research Activities: nanofabrication, atomic-scale characterization & manipulation, nanophotonics, nanomagnetics, nanoplasmonics, environmental TEM, nanoelectromechanical systems, thermoelectrics & photovoltaics, theory of nanostructures, and nanoscale control; Relevant Academic Majors: physical sciences, engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science Selection Rate* (summer 2014): 41 applicants, 8 fellowships awarded (20%)

12 NIST Gaithersburg: SURFING EL – Engineering Laboratory Projects promote the development and dissemination of advanced manufacturing and construction technologies, guidelines, and services to the U.S. manufacturing and construction industries Range of Research Activities: innovative fire protection, sustainable manufacturing; model-based engineering enterprise; intelligent manufacturing (automation, robotics, and equipment); additive manufacturing; net zero energy buildings; integrated and automated construction processes; building materials and systems; economic impacts; and disaster-resilient structures and communities; Relevant Academic Majors: engineering including fire science, materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and economics (electrical engineers should apply to PML) Selection Rate* (summer 2014): 125 applicants, 45 fellowships awarded (36%)

13 NIST Gaithersburg: SURFING ITL/CTL – Information Technology Laboratory/Communications Technology Laboratory Projects provide hands-on experience in computational science, applied mathematics, statistics, software testing, computer security, information access and networking. Range of Research Activities: human computer interaction, computer network modeling, pervasive computing, multimedia computing, information security, biometrics for computer access and security, cryptography, computer forensics, statistics, software measurement science, software quality testing, digital data retrieval and preservation, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, and image analysis; Relevant Academic Majors: computer science, mathematics, statistics Selection Rate* (summer 2014): 79 applicants, 26 fellowships awarded (35%)

14 NIST Gaithersburg: SURFING MML/NCNR – Material Measurement Laboratory/NIST Center for Neutron Research Applicants can choose from two SURF concentrations: Materials Science – Projects focus on synthesis, measurements, and computational/theory/modeling of innovative materials and devices Range of Research Activities: ceramics, metallurgy, polymers, condensed matter science, biomaterials, semiconductors, metals, nanoscale materials and measurements (includes activities at the NCNR) Relevant Academic Majors: materials science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering, biological sciences Selection Rate* (summer 2014): 114 applicants, 46 fellowships awarded (40 %) Chemical and Biochemical Sciences – Projects address the nation’s needs for measurements, standards, technology development, and reference data in the areas broadly encompassed by chemistry, biotechnology, and chemical engineering. Range of Research Activities: from fundamental work in the composition, structure, properties, and processes of chemical, biological, environmental, and nanomaterials to the development and dissemination of certified reference materials, critically evaluated data, and advanced chemical and biochemical measurement paradigms Relevant Academic Majors: chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, computer science, environmental science, and to a lesser extent materials science, physics, mathematics, and other areas of engineering Selection Rate* (summer 2014): 91 applicants, 17 fellowships awarded (20 %)

15 NIST Gaithersburg: SURFING PML – Physical Measurement Laboratory Applicants can choose from two SURF concentrations: Physics – Projects provide hands-on research experience in physics fields of atomic, molecular, optical, radiation, chemical and condensed matter physics. Range of research activities: atomic and molecular effects in spectroscopy, surface effects, collision, dynamics, and chemistry; radioactivity in environmental sensing, industrial dosimetry, and physical therapy, laser cooling and trapping; UV/optical/infrared light in detector development, tweezers and quantum optics; QED effects on atomic structure. Relevant Academic Majors: physics, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics, nanoscience Selection Rate* (Summer 2014): 66 applicants, 35 fellowships awarded (53%) Electrical Engineering – Projects involved developing new electronic devices and metrology to serve US industry’s need for improved and standardized measurement. Range of research activities: Electrical engineering and control of systems applications for power-efficient electronics, reliability, high power and smart grid, CMOS and nanoelectonrics, dimensional metrology, and nano-interconnects. Also cross-disciplinary electronics application such as large area electronics (including solar cells), molecular/organized electronics, bioelectronics, MEMS, and quantum-based devices related to electrical and mass standards. Relevant Academic Majors: biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, mathematics, nanoscience, and physics. Selection Rate* (summer 2014): 56 application 45 fellowships awarded (80%)

16 Boulder SURF Research Opportunities for 2015 Applied Chemicals and Materials Division Development of Practical Alternative Fuels Vapor Generation and Analysis in Forensic Sciences Your Risk from Brominated Fire Retardants Peptide-Enabled Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications Locating Engineered Nanoparticles for Nanomedicine Experimental Determination of Chemical Equilibrium Constants Physical measurements of microbes on resonating platforms Public Safety Communications Research Division Next-Generation First Responder Next-Generation Public Safety User Interfaces Bridging Land Mobile Radio and LTE Public Safety Systems Mission-Critical Communications Over Broadband Technologies RF Technology Division Development of a Metrology-Grade Wi-Fi Network High-Speed Measurements for 5G Wireless Channel Measurements at 28 GHz and 83 GHz Electromagnetic Response of Nanoparticles in Microfluidic Channels Novel High-Throughput Measurement for Telecommunications Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division Single-Photon Sources and Detectors Spatial Light Modulation Standards for Optical Coherence Tomography A Super-Continuum Solar Simulator for Characterization of Novel Solar Cells

17 Boulder SURF Research Opportunities for 2015 (cont’) Electromagnetics Division Graphene Beyond the Microscale Microwave Near-Field Imaging of Low-Dimensional Nanoscale Electronics Tissue Mimics to Validate MRI Biomarkers of Brain Disease/Trauma Spintronics and Nanomagnetics Microsystems for Bio-Imaging and Metrology Micro-Engineered MRI Contrast Agents Time and Frequency Division Optical Atomic Clocks Quantum Information Processing with Ion Arrays in Penning Ion Traps Data Analysis for Time Transfer Using GPS Receivers Exploring Opto-Mechanical Oscillators Atomic Clock Technology Optical Frequency Combs for Finding Exoplanets Development of Compact Atomic Clocks Based on Laser-Cooled Atoms Atomic Clock Characterization Microfabricated Atomic Magnetometers for Non-Invasive Brain Imaging

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20 Summary: Applications consist of two parts: –(1) The student's university must submit a grant proposal that provides details about its academic program and must nominate one or more students. –(2) Students must provide copies of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent or personal statement. The letter should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wants to participate in the SURF program in Gaithersburg, Maryland and what areas of NIST research interest the student. The FY 2015 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity notice contains the official program announcement with application due dates and all other requirements applicable to the 2014 program. Another copy of the announcement can be found on the Grants.gov siteFY 2015 Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity You may either apply for the SURF program using a paper submission or via an online Grants.gov submission process.Grants.gov Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

21 Application Deadline: February 13, 2015 TO BE PROVIDED BY INSTITUTION: SF 424 (Rev. 10/05) - Application for Federal Assistance SF 424A (Rev. 7/97) - Budget Information SF 424B (Rev. 7/97) - Assurances CD 511 (Rev. 1/05) - Certification Regarding Debarment…. SF LLL (Rev. 7/97) - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, as applicable (1) Description of the Institution's educational and research programs and (2) a summary list of the student(s) being nominated To BE PROVIDED BY EACH STUDENT (include in Institution package): Student Application Form (including info about citizenship/legal resident) Resume 2 Letters of Recommendation Transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable) Personal statement of commitment to participate and description of prioritized research interests Verification of U.S. citizenship or permanent legal residence (e.g. copy of birth certificate, passport, or green card) Student SURF Application Checklist Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

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23 Enter text Enter number Enter text Enter appropriate numbers in 8.b and 8.c. Leave 3-7 blank

24 Enter up to three types

25 List your school’s city, county, state Item 15 must specify SURF Boulder or SURF Gaithersburg depending on where the application should be directed

26 a good web resource to find your Congressional district - or ess.html ess.html Enter code

27 Insert from SF 424A, line 6k. Insert text Insert number Signature required for hard copy submissions; for electronic submissions, this is automatically generated Same value as 6.k (Column 1) on SF-424A Same value as 6.k (Column 2) on SF-424A Same value as 6.k (Column 3) on SF-424A x x

28 NIST SURF program Example 1: one student

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36 Not optional, must be filled out and signed

37 Optional form, only if applicable

38 Apply on-line to grants.gov OR Submit mail applications to: Gaithersburg: Dr. Brandi Toliver NIST – SURF Gaithersburg 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1090 (Bldg 101/ Rm A219 – important for FedEx, UPS, type delivery) Gaithersburg, MD Boulder: Ms. Cindy Kotary NIST – SURF Boulder (Bldg 1/Rm 4006B – Important for FedEx, UPS, type delivery) 325 Broadway, Stop Boulder, CO

39 Questions should be directed to the following contact persons: Programmatic and technical questions For SURF Boulder: Joseph Magee Phone: (303) Fax: (303) For SURF Gaithersburg: Brandi Toliver Phone: (301) Fax: (301) Electronic application submission: Christopher Hunton Phone: (301) Fax: (301) or Grants.gov Phone: Grants rules and regulations: Scott McNichol Phone: Fax: (301)

40 LinkLink to “Wave of the Future: In Their Own Words”, a video about the NIST SURF program https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl= &x-yt-ts= &v=wMFMqMMGGrg Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

41 Other Student Opportunities Student Employment and Internships PATHWAYS Program Internships Recent Graduates Program Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) Tours Tours of selected NIST Facilities For additional information on Student employment:

42 Additional Opportunities for University Interaction Guest Researchers – NIST Domestic Guest Researcher Program - – NIST Foreign Guest Researcher Program – User Facilities – Access to the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) for non- proprietary research is provided at no cost through a peer review process. Proprietary research can be performed with full cost recovery (www.nist.gov/ncnr/index.cfm).www.nist.gov/ncnr/index.cfm – The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Nanofabrication Facility is a fee-based shared-use facility accessible through a straightforward proposal process designed to get users up and running in weeks (visit

43 Grant Opportunities through NIST Measurement, Science, and Engineering Research Grants* – Open solicitation for proposals from U.S. universities and organizations to support research on advanced measurement science – Opportunities to address measurement science needs in areas such as: material measurement; physical measurement; engineering; fire research; information technology; neutron research; nanoscale science and technology; standards services; and law enforcement standards. *2015 FFO expected to be finalized for release by February 2015

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