Chris Torres attends SURF Program

August 14, 2017

The 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ( received rave reviews from participants.  SURF students work for 11 weeks, contributing to an ongoing research project under the guidance of a NIST scientist or engineer from one of the Institute's six major laboratories (NIST Center for Neutron Research, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Materials Measurement Laboratory, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, and Information Technology Laboratory). This year the NIST Gaithersburg SURF Program has 191 participants from 100 educational institutions who work elbow to elbow with researchers at NIST, home to four Nobel Prize winners.

This summer's undergraduates come from 100 different schools (from two-year colleges to major research universities) and represent states and territories across the United States from California to Puerto Rico. The summer's program culminated in a three-day colloquium (August 1-3, 2017) where the undergraduates presented 20-minute talks.

CBE's Chris Torres attended the SURF program at NIST, on Wednesday, August 2nd he presented his final presentation, "Modelling Al nanoparticle localized surface plasmon resonances, and synthesizing Ru-functionalized Al."  Another highlight of the program, Chris had the opportunity to attenda "constituent meet & greet" with Senator Tom Udall.