Kapi’olani CC EPSCoR DEW Internships


The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is an office of the National Science Foundation (NSF) whose mission is to “collaboratively expand and sustain Hawaii’s competitiveness in new areas of environmental science and technology research and education, while improving relationships amongst researchers and the local community.” A major focus of EPSCoR Hawaii is Diversity, Education, and Workforce (DEW) development. DEW is committed to strengthening and diversifying Hawaii’s STEM workforce and research capacity through support of programs that increase the success of Hawaii’s students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, in science and technology fields.

Research Internships

Each year Kapi‘olani Community College’s (KCC) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program offers students the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research experiences supported through EPSCoR DEW. As the EPSCoR DEW internships are an extension of the KCC STEM Undergraduate Research Experience (URE), students are required to fulfill the requirements of both programs. Requirements and eligibility for the URE Program are listed here. EPSCoR DEW interns must attend an orientation, research ethics training seminar, and maintain contact with research mentors and DEW staff throughout their internship period.

Preference is given to students from underrepresented backgrounds participating in research related to the three EPSCoR Hawaii research areas:

  • Ecological Genomics and Metabolomics (ECOGEM):
    • Human effects on the Hawaiian ecosystem
    • Characterization of biodiversity, genetic heterogeneity and genotypic diversity of indicator marine species at the molecular genetic and phenotypic level
    • Response of plant and insect species to environmental change across space and time
  • Environmental Dynamics and Ecosystem Responses (ENDER):
    • Complex ecosystem dynamics among climate, terrestrial and marine systems in Hawaii
    • Establishing a climate network in terrestrial and marine experimental plots
    • Environmental changes brought on by global warming and invasive species
  • Cyberinfrastructure (CYBER):
    • Use of cyberinfrastructure to study climate impact on the environment
    • Data visualization and modeling
    • Integration of in situ sensors, geospatially referenced data collection and management, visualization and predictive modeling
    • Computer science and programming


The KCC EPSCoR DEW Internships are generally yearly awards for projects beginning in the Summer and continuing into Fall. There are also Fall to Spring internships available. The early application deadline for Summer to Fall internships are June 1st. However, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis if positions are still available. Funding for KCC EPSCoR DEW Internships are a yearly award of up to $3000.


  • Attend an orientation for EPSCoR DEW
  • Complete a research ethics seminar
  • Maintain contact with research mentors and URE Program Coordinator throughout internship term
  • Participate and present a scientific poster on your research project at the Hawai‘i EPSCoR Statewide Conference
  • All URE students, including EPSCoR DEW interns are expected to submit a final paper/digital poster and participate in the URE semester capstone event (i.e. STEM Undergraduate Research Fair).