For Prospective Students
Funding agency: National Science Foundation
Funding period: September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2023
Program award year: September 1 through August 31 annually
Founded: The Islands of Opportunity Alliance (IOA) is an 11-partner alliance founded in 2005.
1. Students must be enrolled at an IOA campus.
2. Students must be an underrepresented minority (URM) student (based on ethnicity). Preference is given to students of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) heritage.
3. Students must declare or intend to declare to pursue a STEM degree or a related field with a focus on Indigenous STEM (such as Hawaiian Studies with a focus on Mālama ʻĀina).
1. Students must engage in a research experience.
2. Students must participate in STEM Learning Community activities.
3. Students must present at the annual IOA Student Symposium.
4. Students must complete an evaluation survey each semester.
Please visit your campus' page below and learn more about applying to an IOA STEM Learning Community.
Welcome to our Islands of Opportunity
On this page:
- Quick Facts
- American Samoa Community College (ASCC)
- Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH)
- College of the Marshall Islands (CMI)
- College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM)
- Guam Community College (GCC)
- Hawaiʻi Pacific University (HPU)
- Northern Marianas College (NMC)
- Palau Community College (PCC)
- University of Guam (UOG)
- University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM)
- University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo)
American Samoa Community College (ASCC)
Our Mission: The mission of the American Samoa Community College is to foster successful student learning by providing high quality educational programs and services that will enable students to achieve their educational goals and to contribute to the social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and environmental well-being of American Samoa.
|Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi-Pato||Presidentemail@example.com||+1 (684) 699-9155 ext. 407|
|Letupu Moananu||Principal Investigatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (684) 699-9155 ext. 414|
|Dr. Randel DeWees||Campus Coordinatoremail@example.com||+1 (684) 699-9155 ext. 358|
|Raijeli Toanivere||Science Lab Technicianfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (684) 699-9155 ext 1252|
|Dr. Eric Brown||Advisory Board|
|Dr. Joe LaPlante||Advisory Board|
|Valerie Brown||Advisory Board|
|Dustin Snow||Advisory Board|
Join Our Soʻo Le Fau I Le Fau STEM Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Dr. Randel DeWees at email@example.com and Raijeli Toanivere at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH)
Our Mission: Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, service and successful careers. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade encourages the development of moral character, personal competencies, and a commitment to build a just and peaceful society. The University offers both the civic and church communities of the Pacific region its academic and intellectual resources in the pursuit of common aims.
|Dr. Lance Askildson||Provostemail@example.com||+1 (808) 735-4825 ext. 4825|
|Dr. Helen Turner||Co-Principal Investigator, IOA-LSAMP
& Principal Investigator, Hoʻoulu
|firstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (808) 739-8399|
|Dr. Chrystie Naeole||Campus Coordinatoremail@example.com||+1 (808) 739-8551|
Join Our Hoʻoulu STEM Learning Community!
Apply by visiting the official Hoʻoulu website! For more information, please contact Dr. Chrystie Naeole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of the Marshall Islands (CMI)
Our Mission: The College of the Marshall Islands will provide our community with access to quality, higher and further educational services, prioritize student success through engagement in relevant Academic, Career and Technical Education, and be a center for the study of Marshallese Culture. It will also provide intellectual resources and facilitate research specific to the needs of the nation.
|Dr. Irene Taafaki||Presidentemail@example.com||+(692) 625-3394|
|Stevenson Kotton||Principal Investigatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+(692) 625-3394|
|Hatty Kabua||Campus Coordinatoremail@example.com||+(692) 625-3391|
|Kendal Romany||Campus Co-Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Join Our Ri-Meto STEM Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Hatty Kabua at email@example.com or Kendal Romany at firstname.lastname@example.org!
College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM)
Mogethin! Ran Annim! Kaselel! Paing Kom!
Our Mission: The College of Micronesia-FSM is a learner-centered institution of higher education that is committed to the success of the Federated States of Micronesia by providing academic and career & technical educational programs characterized by continuous improvement and best practices.
|Manny Mori||Interim Presidentemail@example.com|
|Peltin Olter-Pelep||Principal Investigator & Campus Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+(691) 320-2480 ext. 159|
|David Brian Lynch||Professor, Marine Science Programemail@example.com||+(691) 320-2480 ext. 225|
Join Our 4-Stars STEM Scholars Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Peltin Olter-Pelep at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Guam Community College (GCC)
Our Mission: Guam Community College is a leader in career and technical workforce development, providing the highest quality, student-centered education and job training for Micronesia.
|Dr. Mary Okada||Presidentemail@example.com||+1 (671) 735-5700|
|Dr. A. Jay Sunga||Principal Investigator & Campus Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (671) 735-5600|
Join Our Patte mo’na I Tiningo’ STEM Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Dr. A. Jay Sunga at email@example.com!
Hawaiʻi Pacific University (HPU)
Our Mission: Hawaiʻi Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawaiʻi. Students from around the world join us for an American education built on a liberal arts foundation. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs anticipate the changing needs of the community and prepare our graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.
|Dr. Jennifer F. Walsh||Vice President & Provostfirstname.lastname@example.org||1 (808) 544-0216|
|Dr. Brenda Jensen||Principal Investigatoremail@example.com||+1 (808) 236-3533|
|Dr. Barbara Quimby||Campus Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cynthia Thurlow||Research Administratoremail@example.com||+1 (808) 544-0893|
Join Our Okoʻa Eilm Technalugy Ingeniería Kuentas Hui STEM Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Quimby at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Northern Marianas College (NMC)
Hafa Adai! Tirow!
Our Mission: Northern Marianas College, through its commitment to student learning, provides high quality, affordable and accessible educational programs and services for the individual and people of the Commonwealth.
|Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero||Interim Presidentemail@example.com|
|Velma Deleon Guerrero||Principal Investigator
& Campus Coordinator
|firstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (670) 237-6740/6861|
|David Benavente||Advisory Board|
|Dr. Verendra Verma||Advisory Board|
|Dr. Laura Taylor||Advisory Board|
|Kelsey McClellan||Advisory Board|
|Michael C. Tenorio||Advisory Board|
Join Our Hatsa STEM Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Velma Deleon Guerrero at email@example.com!
Palau Community College (PCC)
Our Mission: Palau Community College is an accessible public educational institution helping to meet the technical, academic, cultural, social, and economic needs of students and communities by promoting learning opportunities and developing personal excellence.
|Patrick Tellei||Co-Principal Investigator, IOA-LSAMP & President, PCC|
|Vernice Yuzi||Principal Investigator & Campus Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Join Our Mesekiu STEM Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Vernice Yuzi at email@example.com!
University of Guam (UOG)
Ina, Deskubre, Setbe
To Enlighten, to Discover, to Serve
Our Mission: The University of Guam empowers the region by uniting island wisdom with universal sources of enlightenment to support exceptional education, discovery, and service that respect and benefit local and global communities.
|Dr. Thomas W. Krise||Co-Principal Investigatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (671) 735-2990|
|Kristina Sayama||Principal Investigator & Campus Coordinatoremail@example.com||+1 (671) 735-2054|
|Dr. Frank Camacho||Research Experiences Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (671) 735-2835|
Join Our I Hale’ta STEM Learning Community!
For more information, please contact Kristina Sayama at email@example.com!
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM)
|Kelli Ching||Campus Coordinator & Director, NHSEMPfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (808) 956-7954|
|Brennon Morioka||Dean, College of Engineeringemail@example.com||+1 (808) 956-7727|
Join Our Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP)!
For more information, please visit the official NHSEMP website!
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo)
ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi
One learns from many sources
Our Mission: The purpose of our university ʻohana (family) is to challenge students to reach their highest level of academic achievement by inspiring learning, discovery and creativity inside and outside the classroom. Our kuleana (responsibility) is to improve the quality of life of the people of Hawaiʻi, the Pacific region and the world.
|Bonnie D. Irwin||Principal Investigator, IOA-LSAMPfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (808) 932-7348|
|Joseph Genz||Program Director, IOA-LSAMP
& Co-Principal Investigator, UH Hilo
|email@example.com||+1 (808) 932-7267|
|Axel Defngin||Program Manager, IOA-LSAMPfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (808) 932-7969|
|Keala Campbell||Campus Coordinatoremail@example.com||+ 1 (808) 932-7274|
|Gail Makuakane-Lundin||Advisory Boardfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Juvik Sonia||Advisory Boardemail@example.com|
|Drew Kapp||Advisory Boardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (808) 932-7254|
|Rebecca "Becky" Ostertag||Advisory Boardemail@example.com||+1 (808) 932-7573|
|Sharon Ziegler-Chong||Advisory Boardfirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 (808) 932-7981|
|Nalu O'Connor||Advisory Boardemail@example.com||+1 (808) 932-7986|
Join Our Keaholoa STEM Scholars Program!
For more information, please visit the official Keaholoa website!