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Student Research Spotlight

Stellar Mānoa undergraduate research and creative projects showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on May 5. This free event will feature 76 presentations and posters by 105 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The morning begins …

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Four doctoral candidates win prestigious dissertation fellowships

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa doctoral candidates Natalie Nimmer, Egle Ortega, Nipuni Sirimalwatta and Qiong Wu, were awarded the Founder Region Dissertation Fellowship from Soroptimist International for the 2017–2018 academic year. These diverse recipients stood out from more than 30 semifinalists for the potential of their dissertation research to benefit society at large. They will be flown to the annual Founder …

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UH grad student studies star formation in Antarctica

Casey Honniball, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa masters student in geology and geophysics, spent her winter break at NASA’s Antarctica McMurdo Station. She is studying the life cycle of the interstellar medium and trying to connect the dots between molecular clouds and star formation. Her advice to girls who wish to study science is to follow your passion and …

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Student Natalie Kamada awarded childhood cancer research grant

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is one of only 21 universities this year awarded a St. Baldrick’s Foundation summer research grant to fight childhood cancer. This month, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced it is providing $105,000—in grants of $5,000 each—to support summer research fellowships. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Natalie Kamada, who is in the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program, will spend the …

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UH Mānoa named to 2017 elite list of nation’s top public universities

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ranked 107 out of 499 four-year public universities in the U.S., according to a national report by Business First. The study rates higher-education institutions across the country, based on 22 indicators of academic excellence, affordability, diversity and economic strength. “This is an affirmation of UH Mānoa’s standing among the nation’s top public universities …

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Honors in psychology graduate selected as national Luce Scholar

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa alumnus Sakaria “Sai” Auelua-Toomey has been named a 2017 Luce Scholar. This marks the second time in two consecutive years that UH Mānoa has been successful in fostering a Luce Scholar. The Luce Scholars Program identifies promising young leaders for a year-long experience of working in Asia. Seventy-five top universities across the United States nominate up to three candidates annually. Auelua-Toomey is one …

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Kauʻi Kaina directs Hawaiian language play Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Kauʻi Kaina, who will be the first master of fine arts (MFA) graduate from the Hawaiian theatre and playwriting program, will be directing Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka, March 9–11 at BYU-Hawaiʻi’s McKay Auditorium. Kaina is under the direction of Professor Hailiʻōpua Baker in the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance. Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka is Kaina’s MFA …

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How bright is the future of space food?

Research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa could play a major role in NASA’s goal to travel to Mars in the 2030s, including what the astronauts could eat during that historic mission. A trip to Mars and back is estimated to take about two and half years, and ideally, their diet would be healthy while requiring minimal effort and …

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UH Mānoa undergraduate research and creative works showcased

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research projects and creative works at the Undergraduate Showcase on Friday, December 9, 2016. This free event will feature 40 presentations and posters by 50 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. Presentations …

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Who built the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system? UH students!

You could say the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system is the apple of Noel Kawano’s eye. It should be. The masters in engineering student and a handful of others at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa designed and built the immersive virtual reality environment with ultra-high-resolution display walls. “I know every little bolt, every little nut and screw. There’s …

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