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College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver
 

Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)

A partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado Denver


Former PREP postdoc Duncan McGillivray

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is a partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Denver. It is our objective to provide research opportunities at NIST and to facilitate collaborations between our faculty and NIST staff. The program places undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers, in NIST labs to gain hands-on research experience working with NIST researchers. Student participants receive full tuition reimbursement (at in-state resident levels) and a monthly stipend or hourly wage. The opportunity is also available to international students.

Applicable majors include all engineering disciplines, chemistry and physics. 

For information about the types of research conducted at NIST, visit www.boulder.nist.gov/bdprepo.htm​. 

Required criteria for student participants

  • Cumulative GPA greater than 3.0
  • CU Denver faculty reference

Additional desired qualifications

  • research experience
  • laboratory experience
  • research publications/conference presentations
  • technical work experience
  • computer programming/software expertise
  • sophomore/junior class standing (for undergraduate applicants)

To apply: 

Undergraduate and graduate students: Please complete the application form and send it, along with a resume and unofficial transcript, to Mark Golkowski. Student applications are evaluated based on above-mentioned criteria and availability of positions at NIST.

Deadlines:
Spring semester - November 1
Fall semester - March 1

Post-doctoral researchers: Please contact Ken Ortega.

Faculty: Please identify students that meet the criteria as well as a potential NIST sponsor (see www.boulder.nist.gov/bdprepo.htm​). Ken Ortega and Hamid Fardi can faciliate contacts with NIST personnel.

CU Denver PREP Management Team

​Hamid Fardi
Professor
Electrical Engineering
PREP Coordinator
​Mark Golkowski
Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering
PREP Advisor
​Ken Ortega
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Dean of Research
PREP Administrator & Post-doc Advisor