Hampton, VA – Scientists from Hampton University are working to increase the number of African-American and female scientists from Hampton Roads by talking with students about careers in STEM. On Feb. 28, HU scientists will hold information sessions at the STEM and Health Information Fair at the Boo Williams Sportsplex during the AAU track meet from 7 am - 4 pm. The event is being held in conjunction with Hampton Roads Virginia AAU Track and Field and the Technique Track Club; and includes hand-on demonstrations for kids.
This education and outreach effort is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation which awarded a Hampton University research team a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research's Partnership for Research in Education and Materials (PREM) program. This funding expands an established collaboration between HU-based materials science researchers and colleagues at the Brandeis University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The Hampton PREM award of will support collaborative research, education, training and outreach activities of the HU faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students and high school students from Governors' School for Science and Technology.
Awarded through a highly competitive process, the project is entitled "Hampton-Brandeis Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)" and is under the direction of HU’s Dr. Raymond Samuel and Dr. Deidre Gibson and Brandeis University's Dr. Seth Fraden. The Hampton PREM’s primary goals are to bolster HU faculty materials science research activities, and to catalyze the recruitment and retention of talented students under-represented in STEM pursuing research careers in materials science and engineering fields.
“The PREM team is excited to partner with the Techniques Track Club, and the Hampton University’s Admissions office, School of Nursing, MARC, LMRCSC, and LSAMP programs to make the public aware of the exciting STEM research opportunities for middle, high school, college students, and teachers” said Gibson.