First Ever UH Hilo CANFRM Student Symposium

College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management hosts first ever Student Symposium

Editor-in-Chief Peter Holden Chao

A line of speakers at the CAFNRM symposium

The College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CANFRM) hosted the first ever Student Symposium at UH Hilo for students to present projects they had worked on throughout the fall semester. The organizing committee stated that, “The symposium highlights projects and research from the students at the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. It was initiated by Dr. Norman Arancon as a way for students to gain presentation experience, and to also show their research and class projects with their fellow classmates and faculty.” The presentations were given in the University Classroom Building (UCB) and many students also hung large posters of their work.

“The symposium is a really cool opportunity for the students to showcase what they’ve done,” student Alexis Stubbs told Ke Kalahea. “We’ve never done anything that highlights our work and every semester students are coming up with really creative and innovative projects that are going to help us combat climate change and enhance our food production. It really impacts all of us.”

Stubbs spoke about her research, “For my projects I worked with vermicompost and analyzed different methods of applying vermicompost to suppress diseases and increase growth and germination of seeds.” Stubbs was awarded third place for her research.

Leah Wyzykowski won first place for her project titled “The Viability of Marine Energy in Hawaiʻi.” She told Ke Kalahea, “I looked at wave energy, tidal energy, osmotic energy, current energy, and thermal energy. I looked at different locations where it could work in Hawaiʻi, it turns out that the only ones that could probably work are wave and thermal, and current energy could work but the currents are kind of slow.”

Dr. Francisco Dumanig stated that the students who participated will have their abstracts published in a peer-reviewed journal. The event was hosted by sponsors and affiliates such as the Alaskan and Native Hawaiian Grant, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Adopt-A-Relative Program, CANFRM, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.