Acosta, Kahealani

Diagnosing Nutrient Deficiencies in Hawaiian Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)

Mentor: Dr. Noa Kekuewa Lincoln,
Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

Based on the requirements set by UROP, it has also prepared me in organizing my work. At least with writing a proposal and budget, these are skills that I will be able to take into the future of research with grant writing and requesting research funds.

UROP student, Kahea, standing by her research experiment.
UROP student, Kayla Brignac, picking up litter on the beach.

 Brignac, Kayla

Identification and Spatial Distribution of Plastic Marine Debris Polymers in the Hawaiian Islands: Beaches, Sea Surface, and Seafloor

Mentor: Dr. James Potemra, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

I have always worked two jobs to put myself through school since I was 16. Receiving UROP funding enabled me to cut back on my work hours so I could do research. If I did not receive UROP funding, I probably would not have been able to complete this project.

Juern, Philipp

Reproductive Strategies and Population Genetics of Varroa destructor

Mentor: Dr. Mark G. Wright, 
Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences

For a long time, I had a silent doubt on whether research was something I wish to pursue. Doing this project alongside a lab that has been doing research was an eye-opening experience. I was able to figure out how to budget a project, and to figure out a schedule that would work for it. This real experience, coupled with doing the research itself, helped solidify my thoughts on research as something to pursue further in my life.

Philipp Juern gives a presentation on Mites at the Undergraduate Showcase
UROP creative works student, Rae Kuruhara's, cartoon drawing.

Rae Kuruhara

The Moʻolelo Comic Collection

Mentor: Kuʻualoha Hoʻomanawanui,

As far as UROP as a program, I really do believe that it is a unique and incredible tool for undergraduate scholars to gain the experience of applying for and receiving funding for a project and appreciate what the program is doing to encourage younger students to reach for something greater.

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