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Education Outreach:

Summer High School Intern Program - SHIP

The Summer High School Intern Program (SHIP) is a NIST-wide summer intern program for students who will have finished their junior or senior year of high school by the start of the program and are interested in scientific research only. All other high school applicants who do not want a summer research position should go to NIST Student Employment Programs for information on other NIST Programs. Students selected for this competitive volunteer program will participate in cutting-edge research at NIST, and will work closely with NIST staff scientists and engineers on a specific research problem.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.

Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)

Created by NIST Boulder in 1991, the Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is designed to provide valuable laboratory experience and financial assistance to undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.  The program is intended to assure continued growth and progress of a highly skilled science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) workforce in the United States.

PREP is a 5-year cooperative agreement between NIST laboratories and participating PREP Universities to establish a collaborative research relationship between NIST and U.S. institutions of higher education in the following disciplines including (but may not be limited to) biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, electronics, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron science, physical science, physics, and statistics.…

Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program

The NIST GMSE fellowship program provides doctoral-level graduate students with opportunities and financial assistance to obtain laboratory experience within the NIST laboratories in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines related to NIST measurement science and engineering research.  The program provides full scholarships for graduate school tuition, and allows the students to participate in NIST research during internship periods.  The program is administered through a grant with the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC).  

NPSC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 and is based at the University of Southern California.  Its objective is to increase the number of qualified U.S.-citizen Ph.D.'s in the physical sciences and engineering disciplines, with an emphasis on women and minorities.  NPSC partners with science-related federal agencies to provide student stipends and with university partners who waive tuition for students in the program.

Since 1989, NPSC has awarded nearly 500 graduate fellowships.  Ninety-five percent of these have been from groups historically under-represented in STEM.  The disciplines in which NPSC groups its applicants include areas important to NIST, such as chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and physics.  NPSC does not rate the applicants, which provides more flexibility for NIST to select students whose fields of study match its ongoing research efforts.…

NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program

The NIST NRC Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academies/National Research Council (NRC). The postdoctoral program brings research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission, introduces the latest university research results and techniques to NIST scientific programs, strengthens mutual communication with university researchers, shares NIST unique research facilities with the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, and provides a valuable mechanism for the transfer of research results from NIST to the scientific and engineering communities.

Employee Resource Groups/ Voluntary Employee Organizations:

Association of NIST Asian-Pacific Americans (ANAPA)


NIST & NOAA Pride Group  




Toastmasters Club

Women in STEM


Postdoctoral and Early-career Association of Researchers (PEAR)


For the entire list of employee groups, please contact Aimee Generoso-Nguyen at

Engagement with Professional Societies:

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers - NOBCChE

NOBCChE is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields. We invite you to browse our website, engage with us on social media, talk to our members, attend our annual conference and discover the NOBCChE spirit for yourself.

Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists.

Affirmative Employment/Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment 

  • Developing, administering, and coordinating the NIST's programs to ensure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women.
  • Developing policy and providing staff assistance to operating units.
  • Determining program emphasis areas and planning activities in support of such areas.
  • Analyzing statistical workforce demographic data.
  • Providing guidance and assistance to Operating Units to insure proper development and coordination of plans, policies, and activities.
  • Identifying barriers which affect recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion of women and minorities and recommending specific objectives to remedy the condition.
  • Assisting the Human Resources Management Division with developing the Affirmative Employment and Federal Employment Opportunity Recruitment plans and monitoring the implementation of the plans.
  • Conducting NIST wide training on Equal Employment Opportunity laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Developing, coordinating, and managing automated information systems within the Civil Rights Office.
  • Participating with the Human Resources Management Division in the recruitment of women, minorities and individuals with disabilities and identifying target occupations for the Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program.

For further information, please contact Jeremy Lawson.


Created July 2, 2009, Updated August 13, 2019