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Friday, 09 May 2014

UH ʻIlima SACNAS Chapter Hosts Its First Science Symposium Featured

The UH ʻIlima SACNAS Chapter recently hosted its first Science Symposium on Saturday, May 3 at the UH Mānoa Campus Center.  SACNAS, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, is dedicated to advancing underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  UH ʻIlima SACNAS is Oʻahu's local chapter, comprised of more than 100 students, faculty, and professionals from colleges and universities across Oʻahu.  PBRC researcher Dr. Healani Chang is the Chapter Advisor, and Kewalo Marine Lab graduate student Austin Shelton is the Chapter President.

The first UH ʻIlima SACNAS Science Symposium featured an inaugural keynote address by Dr. Rosie Alegado, Assistant Researcher of Oceanography at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and ʻIlima SACNAS Chapter mentor.  Undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career professionals also presented their work on diverse topics, including cancer research, lasers, and coral reefs.  The symposium wrapped up with the presentation of awards and BBQ/potluck at Kewalo Marine Laboratory.

Award recipients were:

Undergraduate Students:
1) Aleka Lyman: "Dr. Margaret Werner-Washburne, SACNAS President Undergraduate Award for Science Excellence"
2) Melanie Keliipuleole: "Outstanding Presentation Award"
3) Eli (Rez) Wong: "Outstanding Presentation Award"

Graduate Students:
1) Narrissa Spies: "Dr. Margaret Werner-Washburne, SACNAS President Graduate Award for Science Excellence"
2) James Murphy: "Outstanding Presentation Award"
3) Jade Delevaux: "Outstanding Presentation Award"