COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: NIST-ARRA Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program, administered by the University of Maryland, College Park.

TITLE: Undergraduate Research Assistant

DESCRIPTION: The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program invites applications for research Undergraduate Fellowships in measurement science and engineering for the Fall 2012 semester.  Fellows will conduct research at NIST with a Senior or Post-doctoral researcher. Fellowships will include 130-200 hours of research per semester, and fellows will receive a stipend and full tuition assistance. Subject areas are described at www.nist.gov.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution. Must be in good standing (3.0 or higher), in B.S.- or B.A.-degree programs in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics, or allied fields. Must be able to work between 8-12 hours/week during the fall semester, and must be able to provide own transportation to and from NIST’s Gaithersburg campus. Demonstrated research and communication skills and the ability to work on an interdisciplinary team are required.  

COMPENSATION: Fellows will receive full tuition assistance for the Fall 2012 semester, along with a stipend.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Fellowship positions are available at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., and at Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C.

APPLICATIONS: Potential applicants should identify the NIST research areas of greatest interest directly, using the NIST website at www.nist.gov. Application packages should be emailed to: umcp-nist@umd.edu. Complete application packages will consist of:

1)    a resume or CV,

2)    a letter of intent, which states that the candidate is applying for the Fall 2012 Undergraduate Fellowship, and describes current or proposed research at NIST (this statement must also include status for Fal 2012 [freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior], and number of credits to be taken in Fall 2012),

3)    an unofficial transcript, and

4)    at least three contacts for references (must include both home university academic advisor, and current or proposed NIST advisor).

The deadline for application to the Fall 2012 semester Undergraduate Fellowship program is September 1, 2012.