UROP Staff


Dr. Creighton M. Litton, Chair

Creighton has been at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa since 2007, and currently splits his time as the Director of the Undergraduate Research Office, Chair of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. He has >20 years of experience in mentoring students on research projects, which he uses as a basis for his current administrative role in the Undergraduate Research Office.  It was a faculty-mentored research experience as an undergraduate student that set him on his professional journey and led him to his current position, and he now seeks to facilitate these opportunities for students at UH Mānoa. Creighton is an avid outrigger canoe paddler, and also enjoys spending his free time gardening and working in his yard. In his downtime, he likes to chill out at home with his wife and two dogs.





Seung Yang, Program Coordinator

Seung has been the Program Coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program since 2018. He earned his BA degree at the College of William & Mary in History and his M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. His interest in working with undergraduate students stems from his internship interviewing exchange/international students about their experience studying abroad at William & Mary, which led him to value outside-the-classroom experiences in higher education. While post-undergraduate circumstances had steered him into working as a consultant and project manager for government agencies, he is excited to be back working with and for students. He is happy to advise students on the UROP application process, and his favorite part of the job is talking to students and learning about students’ projects.






Jessie Chen, Program Coordinator 

Jessie has been a Program Coordinator for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program since June 2018. She earned her BS at UCLA in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, and her MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. During her graduate studies she worked alongside Hawaiian fishpond practitioners and seafood industry professionals. Her interest in working with students stems from her own background as a first-generation college student, and she looks forward to helping undergraduates receive a quality education. On her days off she enjoys exploring botanical gardens and hiking. She re-reads the Harry Potter series more frequently than is healthy, and pets every dog she sees.








Jasmine Samiere, Program Assistant 

Jasmine is UROP’s program assistant and has worked with the program for two years. She is a current Masters candidate in the field of Public Administration and has a background in the public sector. She has worked and volunteered for a number of different organizations both locally and internationally, but enjoys working with students the most. Her favorite part about her UROP job is facilitating student development through assisting with the UROP application process, and she loves to see the ingenious ideas that students propose. Jasmine hopes to combine her education and interests into a career that involves providing equitable access to higher educational services. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys reading, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and caring for her pet axolotls.