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PML Student Research Opportunities

NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory is involved in a wide range of programs designed for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. They are listed below.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

A 12 week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program providing hands-on research experience in Atomic, Molecular, Optical, Radiation, and Chemical Physics.

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Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science

A cooperative study program sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland at College Park and the National Institute of Standards and Technology at Gaithersburg leading to the Ph.D. degree in the Chemical Physics Program at the University of Maryland.

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Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is designed to provide valuable laboratory experience and financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Colorado at Boulder and from the Colorado School of Mines at Golden. The Program is also available to postdoctoral researchers. The research is normally carried out in NIST's laboratories.

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Joint Quantum Institute Research Opportunities

The Joint Quantum Institute and the Physics Frontier Center at JQI offers research opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. JQI is located on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland, adjacent to Washington D.C. Researchers can work at either the NIST or UMD campus. UMD's new Physical Sciences Complex is now home to many JQI scientists and their research groups.

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JILA Research Opportunities

JILA is a joint enterprise between NIST and the University of Colorado. NIST participation involves PML's Quantum Physics Division. Participating CU departments include Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS).

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Created December 30, 2013, Updated September 4, 2018