NIST-PREP (Professional Research Experience Program)

A special partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CU Boulder, PREP places undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists. Applicable majors include most engineering departments, biochemistry, chemistry and physics.

To Apply:

  • Undergraduates: Send current resume to Tiffany Mason. Resumes are accepted year-round, but the resume file is purged each year at the end of April. For fall positions, resumes must be received by May 1.
    • After sending your resume to Tiffany Mason, you may be contacted by a NIST scientist to interview for an open position.​
    • If you are hired, you’ll then receive a Welcome Letter from Tiffany Mason with additional instructions.
  • Graduate studentsApplication
  • Scientists: Apply through JobsAtCU
  • PREP Contact Information:
    • Undergraduate PREP Advisor: Tiffany Mason
    • Graduate & Post-Doc PREP Advisor: Jerry Peterson
    • CU PREP Payroll Liaison:  Lisa Valencia
    • CU PREP Travel Liaison: Email Contact
    • CU PREP Procurement & Finance: Tiffany Mason
    • CU PREP Scientist Liaison: Lisa Valencia
    • CU PREP Supervisor: John Cumalat

For Undergrads Upon Hiring


Tracking Leave

Post-Doctoral Research Faculty:

Leave will now be tracked on the my.Leave application, which is available through your portal. Because we also need to keep your NIST advisors in the loop, we have devised a system to provide for that.

  1. Over the course of every month, enter your leave taken in my.Leave.
  2. At the end of the month, certify your online timesheet, which will be automatically routed to the PREP PI for approval.
  3. When you certify the timesheet, print that screen.
  4. Have your NIST advisor sign that printed screenshot.
  5. Scan and email that single page to Lisa Valencia. You may also drop it in Jerry’s mailbox for the shuttle, though email is recommended.
  6. You’re done!

The College of Arts and Sciences video tutorial on using my.Leave:

Just as with your paper timesheets, we are only tracking your leave usage—sick leave and vacation leave taken during the course of a month.

Graduate Research Assistants:

Nothing has changed! You will still be paid automatically at the end of the month just as before.

Undergraduate Participants:

You will now fill out your timesheets and submit them electronically with my.Leave!

  1. Enter your hours worked on the my.Leave application, which is available through your portal.
  2. At the end of each pay period, certify your online timesheet, which will be automatically routed to the PREP PI for approval.
  3. When you certify the timesheet, print that screen.
  4. Have your NIST advisor sign that printed screenshot.
  5. Scan and email that page to Lisa Valencia.
  6. Get paid!

Tutorial on my.Leave