Nate Sunada and Sheldon Rosa each received honorable mentions at the 2020 Student E-poster Competition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Two students from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo received awards for their poster presentations at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Seattle.
Nate Sunada and Sheldon Rosa each received honorable mentions at the 2020 AAAS Student E-poster Competition held in February. The competition recognizes individual efforts of students who are actively working toward an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral-level degree. The winners are chosen for originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers.
Sunada received a Graduate Student Honorable Mention for his presentation, which was given in the category of cell biology, “Calcium Signaling Remodeling in Multi-Drug Resistant Neuroblastoma.” He is a doctor of philosophy candidate in the pharmaceutical sciences program at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. His thesis advisor and mentor is Dana-Lynn Koʻomoa-Lange, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences.
Rosa received an Undergraduate Honorable Mention for his presentation titled, “Informative Kits for Education: Preparing Hawaii Communities for Ocean Acidification.” He is a junior majoring in marine science and Hawaiian studies. He was a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scholar and did his research with mentors Jennifer Bennett-Mintz, Libby Jewett, and Alicia Cheripka from NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program. At the AAAS meeting, he presented his research conducted during a summer program.
Both Sunada and Rosa are part of the UH Hilo Keoholoa STEM Scholar Program, an academic program dedicated to increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities—with focus given to Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders—in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through various program offerings.