Supported by this DoDARO instrument grant, Savannah State University SSU acquired, installed, and tested a state-of-the-art Horiba LabRAM HR Evolution Raman Microscope system. The instrument has been employed in both research and education activities and greatly enhanced the Universitys research and teaching capabilities. Specifically, the major achievements during the reporting period include 1 The Raman microscope was successfully installed and tested in December 2015. 2 Dr. Christopher Hintz, the system administrator of the Raman microscope, attended a comprehensive training at Horibas headquarter to better manage the instrument. 3 The PI has employed the instrument in a DoD sponsored research project to study protein conformation changes. 4 The instrument has been introduced to more than 60 undergraduate students who attended the following upper level undergraduate courses Biochemistry, Principlesof Forensic Science, Principles of Forensic Science Lab. 5 Two SSU undergraduate students and two DoD High School Apprenticeship Program HSAP summer interns were trained to utilize the Raman microscope in their research projects. 6 Two local middle school at the nationally-recognized STEM Academey at Bartlett were introduced and used data collected on the instrument for their science fair projects. 7 The instrument was also introduced to potential industrial and academic users including J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited and Armstrong State University.