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Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
NIST/SURF Application Checklist


Confirm that you meet the minimum requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or above (3.7 or above preferred)
  • Considering pursing a graduate degree
  • US citizen or permanent legal resident
    (must be documented)


If you meet the above requirements, e-mail Janet McGlynn stating your interest in applying. You will receive communications about special assistance available to SURF/NIST applicants!

Assemble your application packet (in this order)

  • NIST Student Applicant Information forms:
  • Resume - Single sided, no staple
  • Unofficial Transcript, single-sided, do not staple
  • Personal Statement including description of prioritized research interests
  • Verification of citizenship; a legible copy of your birth certificate, passport or green card
  • UMBC Fellowship Form
  • BOULDER ONLY - Copy of health insurance card

UMBC submission deadline is January 30, 2015

Deadline has passed. Please return for future updates.

Detailed Instructions

Applicant Information

- Review and select a specific assignment that is a good fit for you:



Applicant Information Forms - Available soon

- Create/update a resume that highlights your accomplishments and skills related to research

Visit the Career Center or Shriver Center for help!

Sample resume "A" here

Sample resume "B" here

Unofficial Transcript - Can be printed from myUMBC

Attend a Personal Statement Workshop

Wednesday, December 3rd, Noon - 1:30, Sherman Hall Rm. 114

Monday, December 8th, 4:00 - 5:30, Sherman Hall Rm. 114

- Draft a personal statement explaining why you chose this lab and what you feel you can contribute

- For advice on drafting your personal statement view “Drafting a personal statement

- Review an example of a student's personal statement

- Double space, do not staple

Proof of Citizenship or permanent resident status

- Provide a legible copy of your birth certificate, passport, or green card

If you need help making a copy, bring the original document with you when submitting your application

Letters of Support (2)

- For advice on obtaining letters of support view “Requesting a Letter of Recommendation”.

- Faculty members must submit letters of recommendation directly to the Office of Undergraduate Education, Janet McGlynn, by campus mail, e-mail, or US mail. (contact information below)

- Letters of support must be received by 5:00PM on January 30, 2015.

HAND-DELIVER your complete application packet to a staff member in the Office of Undergraduate Education, Sherman Hall (formerly ACIV Building), 114-G between January 15 and on January 30, 2015.

Before submitting your materials, have your resume and

personal statement reviewed by Ms. Janet McGlynn or Mr. Devon Fick

Janet McGlynn
Director of Communication and Outreach | (410) 455-5754

Sherman Hall 114-G

1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250