The lead investigators of the project, horticultural researchers Sharad Marahatta and Norman Arancon, say the findings could benefit local farmers and the entire agricultural community of Hawai‘i.
“We are proud to serve such a diverse group of students,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin. “The assets they bring to UH Hilo enrich our community and help us provide an inclusive, high-quality education for all of our students.”
Ten Marshallese students were trained over the summer in scientific methods of collecting data on water quality, algae cover, and reef composition. The students did the research themselves, in the Marshall Islands, and the knowledge and skills they gained will be of great benefit to their communities and the environment of their homeland.
The 31 UH Hilo honorees are three more than the Vulcans had in the 2017–18 school year.
Hannah Bauer, a senior from the University of South Carolina, received the National Student Exchange Wendel Wickland Student Achievement Award for her time well spent at UH Hilo.
Goals of the new grant project are to reduce mental health disparities, educate students and campus community about substance use and abuse to prevent suicide, and decrease reported levels of student distress and suicidal ideation on campus.
Walk through the Library Lanai and enter Mookini Library this semester and find new seating areas with furniture made from local woods, tables shaped like rivers, fabrics adorned with images of ʻōhiʻa blossoms, and the aroma of fresh brewed coffee.
The newest Vulcans are enjoying four days of activities, workshops, fairs, van tours, target shuttles, and various socials to create a connection with the UH Hilo community.
Lilia Anderson-Murray is in Australia and Jessica Valdez is on her way to England. The scholarship was founded by Audrey Furukawa, a retired administrator and educator who served at UH Hilo for 30 years.
Students at UH Hilo, among others, will have the opportunity to do research with new cutting-edge technology at the UH 2.2-meter telescope on Maunakea.