Fraps with Faculty Fall 2015


Event Summary: The Fall 2015 Fraps with Faculty event was a success! Attendees enjoyed drinking their tasty Frappuccinos while listening to advice from UHM faculty, as well as their college experiences.

Each panelist shared stories from their lives as undergraduates and shared helpful tips for success (which have been added to this post below each panelist’s bio).


lori miyo ideta

Lori Miyo Ideta

Dr. Lori Miyo Ideta currently serves as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Dr. Ideta is also a tenured, Full Faculty Specialist, and an adjunct professor of the University of Hawaiʻi College of Education, where she teaches graduate courses and serves on guiding master’s and doctoral students through their graduate programs. Dr. Ideta received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Higher Education Administration, with a focus on student affairs administration, from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Dr. Ideta holds regional, national, and international positions with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Golden Key International Honour Society. As an internationally trained facilitator, Dr. Ideta has conducted diversity, social justice, conflict resolution, and leadership development workshops in Hawaiʻi, on the continental United States, and in Europe. As a qualitative researcher, Dr. Ideta’s interests center on leadership development, higher education, Asian culture, women’s issues, and the larger juxtaposition of all of these elements. Dr. Ideta is a proud product of Hawaiʻi’s public school system and is a first-generation college attendee.

– It’s important to have a community
– Make lots of friends
– Explore your options
– The experience outside academia is absolutely essential
– “You are good enough to do this, you can do this.”


Kristin Pauker

Kristin Pauker is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii and director of the ISP lab. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College (2002), Ph.D. from Tufts University (2009), and completed postdoctoral study at Stanford University. Originally born and raised in Hawaii—a drastically different environment than either Hanover, NH (Dartmouth) or Medford, MA (Tufts)—she became fascinated with exploring how a person’s immediate environment and culturally-shaped theories about race impact basic social perception, social interactions, and stereotyping in childhood and throughout development. Dr. Pauker enjoys hiking, surfing, and yoga (when she has time). A fun fact: Dr. Pauker has had three serious head injuries, one of which, occurred her freshman year in college, and spurred her interest in Psychology.  

– Get involved in experience with faculty, as well as off term internships
– Be willing to follow your passions and take risks!
– Form relationships with faculty members
– Learn how you study best!
– “School contacts are just as important as your school contacts!”


Mike Nassir

Mike Nassir has been an Instructor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2001, where he teaches undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in both physics and astronomy.  He also performs academic advising for Physics & Astro majors, serves on UH General Education committees, and engages in numerous secondary-school and public outreach programs.  Since 2009, Mr. Nassir has also been a Science Communication instructor for the Akamai Internship program, coaching undergraduate summer interns in writing and speaking skills for a future in engineering or science.  Mr. Nassir grew up in Southern California, where he received his B.S. in Physics from Caltech.  He moved to Hawaii to earn an M.S. in Astronomy at UH Manoa, where his research focused on infrared and microwave observations of protostars in nearby star-forming regions.  He enjoys classical piano, pet chameleons, and trivia games, and he was once a contestant on Jeopardy!

– Get involved in an internship
– Get exposed early to out of class experiences

Past Panelists