KapCC Students Emerge Victorious From D.C. STEM Conference


Two community college standouts take first place at National Science Conference.

Bryson Racoma and Melanie Keliipuleole brought home top honors at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) held from February 19-21 in Washington D.C. Racoma’s poster, ‘NASA Simulation of an Autonomous Payload’ won in the Engineering category while Keliipuleole’s poster on the Hawaiian Shingle Sea Urchin beat out all other entries in the Genetics field.

The ERN Conference in STEM targets graduate and undergraduate students participating in programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD). Both William Kaeo III and Bryson Racoma received scholarships to attend this year’s forum.  Also selected to present was Jennifer Wong-Ala for her research on the effects of Agriculture upon the nutrient cycle of streams.