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Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will run two independent Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) programs in 2018 – the NIH-funded VTCRI Translational Neurobiology SURF (neuroSURF) program and the VTCRI Molecular Visualization SURF (MolVisSURF) program. These competitive 10 week, full-time programs provide undergraduate students with hands-on, independent research experiences in laboratories at VTCRI in Roanoke, Virginia. Both programs provide students with highly competitive stipends and, if needed, housing in downtown Roanoke. Applications for neuroSURF are due February 1st and those for MolVisSURF are due February 19th. More information on these programs can be found at the websites below or by contacting Alexandria Pilot (

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the nation’s premier institutions for the physical and engineering sciences and through its Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURF) offers unique research and training opportunities for undergraduates, providing them a research-rich environment and exposure to state-of-the-art equipment.

NIST SURF applications are now being accepted for Summer 2018, for research at two program locations in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO. In order to apply, students must submit a complete application to VT’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Selected program participants will receive funding for travel and lodging (up to $4,000) and a stipend ($5,500).

Students must be a US Citizen or permanent resident, registered as an undergraduate student with a scientific/engineering major, considering pursuing a graduate degree (MS or PhD), able to commit to eleven (11) continuous weeks during the summer of 2018, and it is recommended that the student have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students pursuing the following majors are particularly encouraged to apply: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research, and/or physics.

More information about the program and detailed application instructions are available at:

Complete student applications must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research (104 Burruss Hall) by February 5, 2020 at noon.

Questions should be directed to Keri Swaby (email: in the Office of Undergraduate Research.