NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

“Spend part of your summer working elbow to elbow with researchers at one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to four Nobel Prize winners.”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Gaithersburg, MD is offering a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students so you need to apply through Middlebury College.

If you would like to apply to the NIST SURF program, please send the following to by Friday, January 15, 2016.

Student Application Form (same form for both locations).
Note–you should list the faculty who you will ask to write letters of recommendation, but letters not needed at this stage!
-A Resume
-Unofficial Transcript
-Statement of Research Interests

More information and available research options can be found on the individual program websites:

Eligibility: The program is open to all United States citizens or permanent residents. Students must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major, have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.

SURF students receive stipend, and housing and travel allotments (as needed). Funding for students comes via a federal grant issued to the school from NIST. In 2015, students who completed the full 11 week program received a $5,500 stipend. Students that did not make the full 11-week program were paid at $500 per week.

The only real expenses that students should expect to pay out-of-pocket are personal entertainment and food. To help control the food expenses, the student apartments have a full kitchen with dishes, utensils, pots and pans. There are free continental breakfasts daily!

This is a competitive program that reviews both the university and student portion of the application to determine the final list of SURF awardees. The NIST SURF program will support approximately 100 students.

For questions contact:

Lisa Gates
Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research

C3 (Creating Connections Consortium) summer research opportunities for sophomores and juniors are now at four universities: UC Berkeley, Columbia, University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. Application deadlines vary by program, but begin February 1, 2016.

We are holding an info session for interested students on Monday, December 7 at 4:30pm at the Anderson Freeman Resource Center.

Five Middlebury students participated last summer; and found it enormously beneficial for their senior work and post-graduate planning. Some details:

Who can apply?
The program invites applications from current sophomores and juniors. First-years may also be considered. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students from historically underrepresented groups, and/or first generation college students or others who pursued paths to college in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages are strongly encouraged to apply.

Which research areas are supported?
Research projects in the arts, humanities, humanistic social sciences and mathematics are welcome. Students do not need to be a major/prospective major in these fields to apply.

What are the benefits?
A generous summer stipend, campus housing, transportation costs to/from Berkeley or New York City. Students will be part of a faculty-mentored project, learn about graduate school admissions and GRE preparation, and be part of a cohort of other college students from liberal arts colleges.

Want more information?
Visit the C3 website at Additional information about summer undergraduate research programs at Middlebury and elsewhere is available at go/summer.

Planning senior work in the humanities or in areas of humanistic study?

Learn about the Kellogg Fellowship on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4:30 pm in Hillcrest 103.

Talk with current Kellogg Fellows and Dean Lisa Gates about the fellowship and the application process! A Kellogg Fellowship is a Middlebury funded opportunity that provides $5,000 for senior work in the humanities or in areas of humanistic study. Faculty mentors also receive $1,000 in support of their own research.

See Undergraduate Research online at go/kellogg for fellowship details and email for more information.

Students thinking about applying for senior work to be done during the 2016-17 academic year and sophomore students wanting to learn more are all welcome!

Undergraduate Research is part of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR) in Davis Family Library 225, Middlebury College

Humanity in Action is accepting applications for our 2016 Fellowship programs!

-Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw): May 24 – June 26, 2016.

-John Lewis Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia: July 5 – 30, 2016.

The deadline to apply to these programs is January 7, 2016

The European Programs
In 2016, the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs will take place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw. Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of injustice and resistance—including antisemitism, Islamophobia and racism—as they affect different minority groups today.

The American Program

Last year, Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., launched the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia. The John Lewis Fellowship honors U.S. Representative John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. The program explores the history of the Civil Rights Movement, diversity and minority rights in the United States, with a particular focus on Atlanta. Key areas of inquiry include race and racism, immigration, national identity, Native American issues and the relationship between civil rights and human rights. The Fellowship will also discuss contemporary racial and diversity issues.

Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship programs. Humanity in Action will also cover the cost of airfare to Washington, DC to attend the orientation. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare from the United States to their program city. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need. For the John Lewis program, Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Atlanta.

Upon successful completion of these programs, Fellows will join the global network of over 1,500 Humanity in Action Senior Fellows. As Senior Fellows, they are eligible for advanced professional and educational opportunities, such as fellowships in the United States Congress and the European Parliament and study trips to Detroit, Berlin, Athens and elsewhere.

More info at

Applying to Law School? Interested in environmental law and policy?

The Vermont Law School (VLS)/Middlebury College Environmental Scholarship supports outstanding individuals who demonstrate environmental and public interest involvement and can effect change. The award provides a full tuition scholarship for Juris Doctor (JD), Masters in Environmental Law and Policy program or joint JD/Master in Environmental Law and Policy program.

Scholarship requires nomination from Middlebury. Nomination deadline is February 15, 2016 at noon.

See go/vls for more information and application instructions for nomination. Questions? Contact Dean Lisa Gates (

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