UH Hilo offers math and science summer opportunity

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Date: Monday, June 6, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Keaholoa STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program, together with Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Services, invites UH Hilo students, community college transfer students, and graduating high school students to apply for a four-week Math/Science Summer Intensive Tutorial, to be held July 5 - 29, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The tutorial is offered free of charge. The application deadline is June 13.

“Foundations in the Math and Science” is a non-credit course that will provide students with practical experience in the fundamental connections between mathematics and science, specifically chemistry. Students will engage in laboratory experiments and exercises, analyze data and draw conclusions using mathematical strategies and scientific methods. The course is particularly relevant to students seeking careers in science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, and related disciplines.

Several excursions are also planned, including the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa Observatory, and canoe paddling in Hilo Bay. Connections with Hawaiian and local culture will be emphasized.

Students receive a stipend for their participation in the entire course. Housing scholarships may be available for students who require accommodations.

The Keaholoa STEM Program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is part of the Tribal Colleges & Universities Program (TCUP). The program focuses on increasing the enrollment, support and graduation of students who are under-represented in the STEM disciplines, including Native Hawaiian students. Keaholoa offers internships, faculty development, curriculum enhancement and outreach.

Application forms can be downloaded from Keaholoa’s Web site: http://www2.hawaii.edu~keaholoa. For further information, please contact Kamaka Gunderson at (808) 974-7648 or email gkg@hawaii.edu.

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