Islands of Opportunity Alliance

The world of Oceania is not small; it is huge and growing bigger every day. Epeli Hau‘ofa, "Our Sea of Islands."

Islands of Opportunity Alliance–LSAMP (IOA–LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that works to increase the number of underrepresented minority students graduating with two- and four-year degrees in STEM disciplines. UH Hilo serves as the lead institution in the IOA, which includes 10 other alliance partner institutions.

Recent Events

2019 STEM Outreach: PacYES Highlights

High school students gather for the beginning of PacYES 2019.

The Pacific Islander Youth Empowerment for Success (PacYES) workshop is an annual event that is led by Pacific Islander UH Hilo students, community members, and professionals to motivate and inspire Big Island high school students of Pacific Islander heritage for entrance into college, advancing in a career, and engaging with their community. The 2019 PacYES event involved more than 200 students from across the Big Island. IOA-LSAMP was a proud sponsor at this year's event and offered STEM outreach talks and activities. Below are some visual highlights from the day.

Students from the Keaholoa STEM Scholars Program at UH Hilo conducted an interactive STEM activity with PacYES students. Here, Keaholoa scholar Mira Mariur shows students how to use a pipette.

Keaholoa students volunteering at the PacYES resource fair. L-R: Pearlnalin Anien and Paige Hamada.

Invited discussants for the Mana Wahine: Pacific Women in the Sciences panel discussion. L-R: Dr. Heather Kaluna, Dr. Noelani Puniwai, Yubee Isaac, Linnea Heu, and Dr. Marata Tamaira (Facilitator; IOA Project Manager).

To learn more about the full event, go to UH Hilo Stories.

Put it on your calendar

SACNAS The National Diversity in STEM Conference October 31, 2019 - November 2, 2019. For more information go to SACNAS conference webpage.