Technical.ly highlighted the new collaboration between the George Washington University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that gives GW pupils and faculty access to a federal program for STEM worker cultivation through its participation in NIST's Professional Research Experience Program (PREP). The program, which began in 1991, partners with universities to provide lab experience and financial support to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral candidates, and faculty, as well as further the United States' STEM workforce.
"David Broniatowski, an associate professor in engineering management and systems engineering at GW, serves as GWU-PREP's principal investigator and program coordinator. He said that the program offers a potential pipeline throughout an individual's academic and professional career."
"The PREP program, in principle, could follow a person all the way through from undergrad to masters to Ph.D., to being a full-time faculty member at a university," said Broniatowski. "And that person can continue collaborating with NIST throughout that program, so it's really set up to incentivize people to stay in the research ecosystem -- and enhance our national labs and our competitiveness."
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