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UH Hilo offers math and science “bridging” summer course

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Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is offering a four-week intensive summer math and science “bridging” course to assist students with their chances of success in entry-level college chemistry and math, courses that are often stumbling blocks for students in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math. The course is taught by UH Hilo professors and also includes peer tutoring.

Classes are Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from June 15 to July 10 on the UH Hilo main campus. There will also be three off-campus excursions so students can experience real-life applications of the course material. The course is free, and each student who completes the program can earn up to a $250 stipend. Incoming and continuing UH Hilo students are given priority for admission but high school seniors for the 2009-2010 school year may also apply.

The program is sponsored by the Keaholoa STEM Program, Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, Upward Bound and Islands of Opportunity Alliance-Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation programs. All are federally-funded programs with the goal of increasing the number of Hawaiʻi students, especially those from underrepresented minorities, who enter the STEM professions.

Visit the Keaholoa STEM Program online at to download the application packet and recommendation forms. For more information, call the Keaholoa STEM Program at (808) 974-7648.

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