Student Immunization Initiative

Student Immunization Initiative (SII), led by graduate students of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, advocates the importance of immunization. SII has worked with Hawaii Immunization Coalition (HIC) and is currently a member of Hawaii’s Vaccine-Preventable Cancers Workgroup. Educational outreach programs on immunization led by university- or graduate-level students are limited in Hawaii. Because the majority of SII members participate in biomedical research including vaccine development, they have insight on the concepts and benefits of vaccines. Through SII educational events not only will the public benefit from learning about the importance of vaccination and disease prevention, but members will also develop skills in explaining difficult health topics to the community.

SII is hosted by the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology and is open to all Hawaii undergraduate and graduate students.  For more information or to join, go to

Student Chapter – Hawaii Branch, American Society of Microbiology

Undergraduate and graduate student members of the American Society of Microbiology Hawaii Branch are eligible for travel awards to attend the national ASM meeting and student membership of the national organization. Members of the Student Chapter of the ASM Hawai‘i Branch organize the annual Fall and Spring local meetings.