Undergraduate Research & Training

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University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is proud to offer programs and opportunities for undergraduate students to become involved in research and training activities.

  • Islands of Opportunity Alliance - LSAMP. The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) initiative is a consotium of 19 universities and colleges from Hawai‘i and the Pacific island nations. The "Islands of Opportunity Alliance" addresses obstacles to underrepresented and underserved populations in pursuing STEM fields, and provides opportunities to encourage student success. The goal of the program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to double the number of minority professionals in STEM careers.
  • Keaholoa STEM Program. The overall goal of Keaholoa STEM Program is to increase the number of UH Hilo students of Hawaiian ancestry who take courses or major in science, mathematics and technology fields. Funded by the National Science Foundation Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.
  • Marine Options Program (MOP). This is a University of Hawaiʻi system-wide certificate program, offered on all UH campuses, providing educational opportunities for students from all disciplines who are interested in the ocean. Among other activities, UH Hilo MOP students are trained in wildlife management techniques in an on-going sea turtle research program carried out in cooperation with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.