Prairie View A&M University Surface Science Facility and STEM Outreach Program
Minority and non-traditional students are highly underrepresented in the STEM fields and they often require special recruitment strategies, “eye catching demonstrations” and hands on experience to peak their interests in these areas. The Traveling PVAMU STEM Mobile Road Show, equipped with a Scanning Electron microscope (SEM) and the MicroLab Experimental system will be the main demonstration/presentation technology employed for school site visits. A Surface Science Characterization Facility at PVAMU, comprising of a Physical Electronics (PHI) 5600 chemical imaging X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) and an electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) will offer core analytical support to the University community. This facility will expand the University’s research capability and provide training for advanced students in practical surface and interfacial characterization.