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.


Melanie Keliipuleole has been selected to present her research to members of the U.S. Congress at the 19th annual ‘Posters on the Hill’ event. Her project on the Hawaiian Shingle Sea Urchin was one of only 60 in the nation to be chosen to speak directly to lawmakers and grant funders by the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR).  Only one other project from a Community College will be included and no other Hawaii institutions will be represented. CUR was established to support and promote undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research.  Melanie’s faculty mentor for this project was Biology Professor MacKenzie Manning.

Department of Native Hawaiian Heath 2015 Summer Research Internship Program

Aloha mai kakou,

  The deadline to apply for the Department of Native Hawaiian Health’s 2015 Summer Research Internship Program is quickly approaching (FEBRUARY 27, 2015). The program is designed to expose college and university students to clinical, community-based, or translational research and its role in the field of medicine. It provides hands-on experience to discover how research can be integrated into a medical career.

  For those interested, please complete and submit the attached application form by the February 27, 2015 deadline.


For more information contact Crystal Morton at batescry@hawaii.edu or Mona Cardejon at monaann@hawaii.edu


2015 PIPES Intern Applications Now Available Online!

Aloha, everyone. This is from our friends at PIPES. For those of you who may not be familiar with PIPES (Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science), this is a great conservation and science program for undergraduates administered by Sharon Ziegler Chong and her awesome staff in Hilo – highly recommended!

PIPES 2015…..!!!


If you’re an undergraduate student looking for an exciting summer internship opportunity with agencies and organizations who work in conservation science, natural resource management, and environmental education then check out our PIPES 2015 program.

Online applications are now available at <http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhintern/apply/>.
Application deadline is Monday February 16th, 2015

Contact the PIPES office by phone at (808) 933-0705 (Hilo) or by email <uhintern@hawaii.edu>


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