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PVAMU Competition

Sponsored by the CUNA Mutual Group, Prairie View A&M University will host the 2018 FOCUSS Idea Competition. This activity is designed to stimulate constructive thought surrounding the concepts of innovation and discovery.

​The competition is open to all current participating undergraduate students. Please follow the link below for this year's problem statement.

How This Works

1. Attend the Information Session

Need more details about the competition? Bring your questions and any slight curiosity you may have!

Free food will be provided as we present internship opportunities from our corporate sponsor and explain this year's question for the upcoming competition.

The EVENT is FREE! Click on the button below for more info and to RSVP for the intro event.

2. Prepare

You can go it alone or with friends. (One registration only per group.)

Whatever way you decide to prep for the competition, our hope is that you enjoy this part of the process the most and take the limits off your creativity (while still providing a solution to the problem statement, of course).

3. Submit

Registration to the competition is mandatory in order to submit your idea and ensure your participation in the school competition. Registration is free and competition is open to undergraduate students only.

Submission deadline: February 14th.

Registration portal is powered by Click on the button below for more info and registration to the competition.

Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University, the first state supported College in Texas for African Americans, was established during the Reconstruction Period after the Civil War. This was an historical period in which political and economic special interest groups were able to aggressively use the Federal Government to establish public policy, in an attempt to “alter or reshape the cultural milieu of the vanquished southern states”.

The University had its beginnings in the Texas Constitution of 1876, which, in separate articles, established an “Agricultural and Mechanical College” and pledged that “Separate schools shall be provided for the white and colored children, and impartial provisions shall be made for both.” As a consequence of these constitutional provisions, the Fifteenth Legislature established “Alta Vista Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas for Colored Youth” on August 14,1876.


Submission Deadline: TBD
FInalist Notified: TBD
Live School (Regional) Competition: TBD


Participants must be full or part-time undergraduate students of school, Individuals or teams may enter competition. ​All eligible entries are scored based on three criteria, each worth 33% of score. 


​1st Place - $1000
2nd Place - $600
3rd Place - $400, 4th Place - $200, 5th Place - $100