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NIST/SURF Application Checklist

The program runs from May 22, 2017 – August 4, 2017
Note: UMBC final exam schedule ends on May 24.
These are 9 – 10 week programs in addition to 11 wks.

Before You Start

Confirm that you meet the minimum requirements

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

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

Application Checklist

Assemble your application packet (In this order)

  • NIST Student Applicant Information forms:
  • Resume – Single sided, do not staple
  • Unofficial Transcript, single-sided, do not staple
  • Personal Statement including description of prioritized research interests, limited to 2 pages, name on each page
  • Select housing option
  • Letters of Support (2); must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Education to Devon Fick at
  • Verification of citizenship (a legible copy of your birth certificate, passport or green card, NOT Social Security Card)
  • UMBC Fellowship Form pdf icon
  • BOULDER ONLY – Copy of health insurance card

UMBC submission deadline is January 30, 2017.

Detailed Instructions

Application Information

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

Applicant Information Forms

Download the Application here! pdf icon


– Create/update a resume that highlights your accomplishments and skills related to research
Visit the Career Center or Shriver Center for help!

pdf icon Sample resume “A” here
pdf icon Sample resume “B” here

Unofficial Transcript

– Can be printed from myUMBC


Fall 2017 workshops TBA

Personal Statement

– 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 pdf icon
– Double space, do not staple, include name on each page, limited to 2 pages.

Proof of Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status

– Provide a legible copy of your birth certificate, passport, or green card, do not submit your Social Security 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”.pdf icon
– Faculty members must submit letters of recommendation directly to the Office of Undergraduate Education, Dr. April Householder, by campus mail, e-mail, or US mail. (contact information below)
Email: Dr. April Householder or
US Mail: Sherman Hall A 114-G, 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250

– Letters of support must be received by 5:00PM on January 30, 2017.


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, 2017.

Small Star Before submitting your materials, have your resume and
personal statement reviewed by Dr. April Householder or Mr. Devon Fick