NIST Professional Research Experience Program - Material Measurement Laboratory (PREP-MML)

Professional Research Experience Program – Material Measurement Laboratory (PREPMML)

Applications due April 13, 2012

NIST anticipates funding one to three projects for up to three years, $100,000 to $500,000 per award per year

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students, who receive fellowships under the PREPMML must show evidence of a 3.0 or higher grade point average in a curriculum acceptable to the sponsoring educational institution and NIST/MML and must be enrolled full-time at a sponsoring institution. Post-doctoral associates must be affiliated with a sponsoring institution of higher education and be no more than 5 years beyond receiving their Ph.D.

Description: NIST announces that the PREP-MML is soliciting applications for financial assistance from accredited institutions of higher education in the United States and its territories to enable those institutions to provide laboratory experiences and financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates in the MML at the NIST Laboratories in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Charleston, South Carolina.

Objectives: To encourage the growth and progress of science and engineering in the United States by providing research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates, enabling them to collaborate with internationally known NIST scientists, exposing them to cutting-edge research. The PREP-MML will promote undergraduate and graduate students’ pursuit of degrees in science and engineering, and post-doctoral associates’ professional development in science and engineering. The PREP-MML Coordinator and NIST/MML scientists will coordinate with appropriate division chiefs, outreach coordinators, and directors of multi-disciplinary academic organizations to identify students and programs that would benefit from the PREP-MML experience. Applicants must be able to ensure the availability of students for on-site collaborative research experiences at the NIST/MML Laboratories in Gaithersburg, Maryland and/or Charleston, South Carolina concurrent with their institution of higher education studies. Refer to for more information about MML and areas of research.

MML Topics

See for topic areas (listed below) and associated subject areas that include agriculture, animal/crop improvement, environment, climate science, food safety and quality, nutrition, alternative energy, life sciences, etc.)

  • Bioscience and Health
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Chemistry
  • Electronics and Telecom
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Hollings Marine Laboratory
  • Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
  • International Activities
  • Materials Science
  • Measurement Standards
  • Nanotechnology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Transportation