Tester Symposium

Tester Symposium (April 20-23, 2021)

Please read our Code of Conduct before joining the symposium.

The 2021 full program can be viewed here.

The Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium is held in honor of Professor Albert Tester who, at the time of his death in 1974, was Senior Professor of Zoology at the University of Hawaii. The faculty and students of the Department of Zoology proposed an annual symposium of student research papers as a means of honoring and continuing Dr. Tester's lively encouragement of student research in a broad range of fields within biology. Today the Tester Memorial Symposium welcomes research from any scientific field.

Oral presentations and posters reporting original research on any aspect of science are solicited from students at the University to be presented at the Symposium each spring semester. Income from contributions to the Albert L. Tester Memorial Fund of the University of Hawaii Foundation is used to provide prizes for the three papers (15-minute talks), judged on quality, originality, and importance of research reported, as well as the quality of the public presentation. Judges include faculty members and the previous year's student award winners. In addition, distinguished scholars are invited to participate in the Symposium and to present keynote addresses.

This year there will be a special focus on integrating indigenous science and modern research in Hawai`i and beyond, hence our theme “Our Collective Knowledge” to honor the 'ōlelo no’eau (Hawaiian proverb), “‘A'ohe pau ka 'ike i ka hālau ho'okahi” (All knowledge is not learned in one school). In keeping with that theme, we also strive to encourage undergraduate participation and to broaden our reach to a range of departments.

Our 2021 keynote speakers are excited to meet you all and speak to this theme.

Click on their pictures below to learn more about their work.

Dr. Noelani Puniwai

Dr. Frank Lake

Check out Shots from the 2019 Tester Symposium Here! 



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04/20/2021 at 9:42am