Dr. Creighton M. Litton, Chair

Program Chair Dr. Creighton M. Litton

Creighton has been at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa since 2007, and currently splits his time as the Director 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 Opportunities Program. 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

Program Coordinator Seung Yang

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 learning experiences in higher education. 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

Program Coordinator Jessie Chen

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.

Program Assistant

Michelle Tom

Michelle Tom has been the Graduate Assistant for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program since March 2021. She earned her BS at The Ohio State University in Medical Dietetics with a minor in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness. While working as a Registered Dietitian, she decided to expand her scope of practice, now working as a Registered Nurse while in her second year in UH Manoa’s Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has been a mentor to both dietetic interns and students, and is passionate about helping others and setting others up for success. On her days off she enjoys surfing, hiking, diving, and doing anything outdoors.

Deborah Yuan, Communications Assistant

Deborah has been a Communications Assistant since April 2020. She is in the process of obtaining her BBA in Marketing and International Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her interest in graphic design and marketing stems from her experience with her high school’s newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, listening to music, playing video games, and reading. In addition, she has a passion for learning about other cultures and is looking forward to studying abroad in Spring 2021.

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