Tester Symposium (April 10-12, 2019)
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, in a continuing and active way, Dr. Tester's lively encouragement of student research in a broad range of fields within marine biology. Today the Tester Memorial Symposium welcomes research from any scientific field.
Papers reporting original research on any aspect of science are solicited from students at the University and these papers are presented at the Symposium, which takes place during the 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 best papers, 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, a distinguished scholar from another university or research institution is invited to participate in the Symposium as a judge and to present the major Symposium address.
Our specific goals for the 2019 Tester’s Symposium were to encourage further undergraduate participation and to broaden our reach to a range of departments. This year, 60 graduate students and 33 undergraduate students across 15 departments at UH Mānoa presented high-quality talks and posters at Tester’s. Many students and members of our UH community attended our lunchtime events and interacted with our student-nominated distinguished guest, Dr. Kristy Kroeker of UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Kroeker’s research is very relevant to the studies of students at UH Mānoa and Tester’s provided an opportunity for students to interact with her one-on-one and in group discussions. Over 170 people attended the closing banquet at the Waikīkī aquarium (generously hosted by Dr. Andrew Rossiter), where we honored the excellence of oral and poster presentations from both graduate and undergraduate students.
This year’s Tester Symposium was also organized to be as environmentally friendly as possible by implementing zero-waste practices in collaboration with our vendors, providing reusable cups and utensils, and by minimizing printing, and increasing awareness of sustainable practices. We are now completing our application towards being recognized as a “Green Event” by the State of Hawaii’s Green Business Program. It is our hope that future Tester symposia will continue to implement these sustainable values.
Check out Shots from the 2019 Tester Symposium Here!