UH program offers scholarships in geosciences and summer opportunity for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islands students

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Noelani Puiwai, (808) 587-8593
Ka 'Ime 'Ike Program Coordinator
Barbara Gibson, (808) 587-8600
Hawaii Biodiversity & Mapping Program
Posted: Feb 1, 2007

HONOLULU — Ka ʻImi ʻIke, a project of the Hawaiʻi Biodiversity and Mapping Program at UH Mānoa, is accepting applications for scholarships and for its summer program from Mānoa undergraduate students who are of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander ancestry.

Five $1,000-scholarships are available to students who are majoring or are interested in any of the geoscience disciplines, including geology, geophysics, meteorology, physical geography and global environmental studies. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis per semester.

The Ka ʻImi ʻIke summer program, "Explorations in the Geosciences," is a three-week boarding experience for incoming freshman and sophomore college students at UH Mānoa who are not already majoring in a science field but are interested in learning more about earth, weather and water sciences. The program is currently accepting applications for the summer institute scheduled for July 9-July 27.

Students will be introduced to local scientists to learn more about science careers and the educational pathways they took to get there. Hands-on research will train students in GIS/GPS technology, volcanology, water sampling, meteorology, and prepare them for mini-research projects. Most days will be spent in the field, including a trip to the Big Island. Topics of interest that will be covered include environmental studies, volcanism, geochemistry, geography, geology, geophysics, physical oceanography, hydrology and meteorology.

Applicants to the summer institute should already be accepted to UH Mānoa but without a declared major in the sciences. The three-week course includes board, meals and a monetary grant for completion of the institute that can be used towards college expenses. The deadline to submit applications is March 30, 2007.

For more information or to apply for the scholarships or summer program, call 587-8593 or visit the website at http://hbmp.hawaii.edu/kaimiike/.

The Ka ʻImi ʻIke Program, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is an initiative at the University of Hawaiʻi whose mission is to recruit and retain Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) to disciplines within the geosciences. Ka ʻImi ʻIke is a project of the Hawaiʻi Biodiversity and Mapping Program, a research program within the Center for Conservation Research and Training, Pacific Biosciences Research Center at UH Mānoa.

For more information, visit: http://hbmp.hawaii.edu/kaimiike/