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The Undergraduate Showcase of Research and Creative Work, which highlights the research and creative work of UH Mānoa undergraduates across campus, was held on Friday, May 5, 2017. Sponsored by the Honors Program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the showcase featured over 75 presentations and posters by 100 undergraduate students. Attendees commented on the potential, diversity and volume of research being done by students on campus. A faculty member who came to the morning oral presentations commented on the “amazing projects” being undertaken by “very competent young researchers” and the “level or professionalism and confidence” in the presentations. Top presentation Honors were also given to the following students: Oral Presentations: Arts and Humanities – Research First Place: Sydney Blanke (Linguistics, Honors and UROP recipient) Presentation Title: Linguistic Relativity in Action: A Comparison of Motion Perception in English and Russian Speakers Mentor: Dr. Kamil Deen Arts and Humanities – Creative First Place: Angie Anderson (English and Theater, Honors, UROP recipient) Presentation Title: Grand Guignol: The Theatre of Horror, the Efficacy of Horrific Staging, and When My Body Cried Out Mentors: Dr. Todd Sammons, Dr. Markus Wessendorf Engineering and Computer Sciences First Place: Ziad Alexander, Nikolai Herrera, Michael Howard, Gavin Nall, Daryl Patlingrao, Travis Scott, Naftali Tolibas (Mechanical Engineering, UROP recipients) Presentation Title: Design and Fabrication of an OSLS Electric All-Terrain Vehicle Mentor: Dr. Lloyd Hihara Natural Sciences First Place: Eric Welch (Global Environmental Science, UROP recipient) Presentation Title: Groundwater Modeling in Pesticide Fluxes of the Faga‘alu Stream, American Samoa Mentor: Dr. Henrietta Dulai Social Sciences First Place: Karolyn Lam (Public Health, Honors) Presentation Title: Preventing Infant Deaths through Safe Sleep Education Mentors: Lisa Kimura, Dr. Denise Nelson-Hurwitz Poster Presentations: First Place: Madisyn Uekawa (Public Health, English, Honors) Poster Title: What I Chose: Enhancing Suicide Prevention through Young Adult Fiction Mentor: Dr. Susan Schultz, Dr. Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda Visit the event website for information about the Undergraduate Showcase at manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/showcase/ or contact email@example.com.
Cheyenne Siverly, a junior in Kinesiology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, has been selected as one of fifty students nationwide to be a Udall Scholar. This year’s class was chosen from nearly 500 candidates nominated by 224 colleges and universities. Each scholarship provides up to $7000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Since 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,574 scholarships totaling over $8 million. The scholarships support students of Native American and Native Alaskan descent who are studying for careers in environment, Native health care, or Tribal public policy. Cheyenne is the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa student to receive the Udall scholarship since 2005. Cheyenne is a kinesiology and rehabilitation sciences major at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is of Alaskan Native descent from Tlingit and Athabascan tribes. Her father’s family hails from the village of Hoonah. Her career goals include integrating traditional medical approaches into modern medicine and serving as a role model for Alaskan Native youth to empower them to aspire to professional careers. Cheyenne is passionate about Native healing practices and culture, and has served multiple internships at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium with the Indian Health Services. When Cheyenne has free time, she enjoys volunteering and traveling abroad. For more about the Udall Scholarship, go to http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/MeetScholars.aspx?webid=4646 If you are interested in finding out more about whether the Udall Scholarship is for you, please contact Dr. Vernadette Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UH Manoa) alumnus Sakaria “Sai” Auelua-Toomey has been named one of the Luce Scholars for 2017. This marks the second time in two consecutive years that the UH Manoa has been successful in fostering a Luce Scholar. The Luce Scholars Program identifies promising young leaders for a yearlong experience of working in Asia. Seventy-five top universities across the United States nominate up to three candidates annually. Sai, as he is known, is one of approximately 175 nominees who were considered from across the United States, with about 45 making the final interviews in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York. About 15-20 Luce Scholars selected from that pool of finalists annually. Sai’s path to this prestigious fellowship was not traditional. As he tells it, he barely finished high school and had no interest in going to college. He spent two years working at a local grocery store and only started to attend Honolulu Community College because he wanted to enter the police program. As that program was full, he instead tried courses in Psychology and Speech while waiting. He credits an early mentor, Dr. Jennifer Higa-King as “seeing something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” He earned a 4.0 GPA that year, but didn’t get accepted into the police program. Instead, he detoured through the Air Force for a year, and used the G.I. Bill to continue his education at UH Manoa, where he double majored in Communicology and Psychology in 2016. For his ambitious Honors thesis in Psychology, Sai collaborated with the Interactive Autism Network at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to investigate individuals with autism spectrum disorder perception, which led to his first publication in the Manoa Horizons undergraduate journal. Sai was drawn to the Luce Scholars program because of his interests in intercultural communication, which was developed in different research opportunities in which he participated as an undergraduate. He traveled to Thailand through the Minority Health International Research Training Program with the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Supervised by Dr. James Campbell and Dr. Charlene Tomas at the Thai Red Cross in Thailand, his project focused on reducing HIV infection rates in transgender women (TGW) populations through the use of health questionnaires. He also credits Dr. Kristin Pauker from Psychology, who supervised his work as a research assistant in her Intergroup Social Perceptions Lab. Since graduation, Sai continues to pursue research interests in psychology and communications, as well as international and intercultural communication. He participated in the Language and Information Internship Program at Stanford University, where under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Icard, he examined how moral judgment affected decision-making. Currently, Sai is a seminar leader at the Sakaria at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a U.S. Department of Defense institute that addresses regional and global security issues with participation of representatives from the United States and over forty Asia-Pacific nations. He also works with children with autism through the Behavior Change Institute. Following and building on his experience in the Luce Scholars Program, Sai plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, with a focus on international communication. He hopes to increase the representation of Pacific Islanders in higher education, stating: “I couldn’t see myself in academia because I had no role models.” The Luce Scholars Program is a big step toward this goal. In June, Sai will leave for New York and San Francisco, spending a week of training in each before being placed in Asia. He hopes his year in Asia will give him an opportunity to research how collectivist societies have different frames of perception, communication and decision-making than American culture. Sakaria Auelua-Toomey explains a causal loop diagram to international crisis management practitioners at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Featured: New Director of Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center
Kiana Shiroma became the Director of the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) this past July. She has recently overseen the move of PAC, which is now located in Sinclair Library, Room 108. Kiana is excited to be working with her peer advisors to provide in-person and group advising, orientation, workshop, and information for pre-health and pre-law students throughout the state.
The Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) at UHM is excited to announce its new location and contact information:
Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center
Sinclair Library, Room 108
Open: Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except state holidays
We provide orientations and workshops for pre-health and pre-law students. For schedule, go to http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/pac/orientation-and-workshops/.
We welcome walk-in or scheduled advising appointments. To schedule an appointment, go to http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/pac/hours/.
Come visit us soon!
The mission of the Exploratory Program is to assist students in achieving their educational, personal, and career goals by selecting a major that aligns their interests, abilities, and goals. To help students select a best-fit major, the Exploratory Program works in conjunction with the following offices to offer the indicated services: The Manoa Advising Center who offer academic advising and major exploration assistance, First Year Program who run learning communities and freshman seminars, New Student Orientation who provide orientation for incoming UHM students, and the Manoa Career Center who offer career exploration and guidance.
Join the Manoa Sophomore Experience (MSE) to Fraps with Faculty Wednesday, April 5, 2017 1:30-2:30 pm QLCSS Room 411 UHM faculty members will share their experiences in college including challenges they have faced, lessons learned, what to expect in the future in college and beyond, and advice about making the most out of the college experience Enjoy free Starbucks frappuccinos and baked goods Available on a first-come, first-served basis
Want to do something meaningful after earning your undergraduate degree? Picture yourself traveling abroad? Why not do both together? The Scholarships & Fellowships Office has now opened the campus application for these exciting fellowship opportunities: Rhodes Scholarship The oldest international fellowship award funds a degree from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholars from all fields of study are chosen each year for outstanding scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and the common good, and potential for leadership. Website: www.rhodesscholar.org/ UHM campus application deadline: Aug. 14, 2017 Marshall Scholarship One to two years of graduate study at a university within the United Kingdom are sponsored by this scholarship. Forty Marshall Scholars from all fields of study are selected annually based on academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassador potential. Website: www.marshallscholarship.org/ UHM campus application deadline: Aug. 14, 2017 Luce Scholars Program This national program offers 13 months of experiential learning in Asia for fifteen to eighteen students with limited exposure to Asia (no Asian Studies majors; spent no more than 12 weeks in Asia) each year. Luce Scholars, picked for their capacity for leadership, record of high achievement, and potential for future accomplishments, are individually placed in organizations/institutions that fit their interests and goals. Website: www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx UHM campus application deadline: Sept. 11, 2017 Schwarzman Scholars Program This program covers a one-year master’s degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China that focuses on China’s role in global trends. Up to 200 scholars with academic aptitude, leadership potential, and the desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions will participate in this immersion program, which integrates academic instruction with hands-on learning, mentoring, and the opportunities to experience the country in an intimate way. Website: schwarzmanscholars.org/ UHM campus application deadline: Aug. 9, 2017 We are hosting info sessions to share more information about these programs and tips for preparing applications for these prestigious awards. Sessions are open to all undergraduate students and graduate students. Rhodes/Marshall info session: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 3:00-4:00pm in QLC 411. Luce/Schwarzman info session: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 4:00-5:00pm in QLC 411. We highly encourage students at any stage, from incoming freshmen who are eager to take on new opportunities to seniors/graduate students ready to apply for fellowships, to learn more about these and other fellowship opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact the Showcase Team at email@example.com or (808) 956-8361. You may also visit the Scholarships & Fellowships website for more information at manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/fellowships/.
First day of instruction for the 2017 Fall Semester
Sumer Session (second session) First day of instruction.
Summer Session (first session) ends.
Last day for undergraduates to file application for graduation for summer. Last day to file application for graduation for summer for fall commencement exercise on December 16, 2017.
Summer Session (first session) First day of instruction