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Material Measurement Laboratory Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)

About the Program

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is designed to provide valuable laboratory experience and financial assistance to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Fellowships are awarded to assure continued growth and progress of science and engineering in the United States. 

Areas of Research

Fellowships are available in MML at the NIST, Gaithersburg Laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD or at the NIST Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) in Charleston, SC. In Gaithersburg, MML carries out programs in measurement science research in the fields of chemistry, and the biological and materials sciences focused on reference methods, reference materials and reference data. In Charleston, MML carries out programs in measurement science research in the chemical and biological sciences, focused on reference methods, reference materials, and reference data. For additional information about research areas in MML, visit our homepage.


Undergraduate and graduate students who receive fellowships under the PREP-MML 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. The program provides fellowships to undergraduate and graduates for a maximum of 5 years duration.

Current Collaborating Universities

At this time, NIST/MML, has a PREP collaboration with the University of Maryland, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Georgetown University Department of Physics.

Institution Student Applications

The following three forms can be adapted by the individual institution for use as applications for its students applying to the PREP program:

Created December 21, 2010, Updated March 19, 2019