Strategies

STEP-UP initiatives to support STEM gateway courses in life and physical science include:

  • The Summer Bridge program
  • The Undergraduate Research Experience (URE)
  • Peer Mentoring and Student Tutoring
  • Peer-Led-Unit-Study (PLUS)

These activities help to reinforce the STEP-UP strategies, which are based on recruitment, transition, and retention. In many programs, too much time and effort is focused primarily on getting students to enroll. But what actually happens to these students once they commit to the college? We believe that it is just as important to provide support to these students after they have been recruited. By doing so, not only will we achieve a high number of students who initially enroll, but we will also see increased percentages in terms of retention and success rates.

1. Recruitment

The Computer-Building Program: The KCC STEP-UP Computer-Building Progam is a 25-hour program wherein qualified high school juniors will learn to assemble top-end computers using tools and supplies provided by the school. Participating high school students will be able to keep the computer as long as they commit to register for Pre-Calculus/Calculus and Biology/Chemistry/Physics in their senior year of high school.
Spring 2008 – 14 high school students were recruited from two high schools: Kaiser and Roosevelt
Spring 2009 – 20 high school students were recruited from four high schools: Kaiser, Roosevelt, Kaimuki, and Kalani

2. Transition

The Summer Bridge Program: The KCC STEP-UP Summer Bridge Program is a 3-week program wherein qualified high school seniors will participate in activities to prepare them for entry into college life. These activities will include computer construction, math acceleration (ALEKS), and an introduction to STEM faculty, advisers, and mentors. In addition, students will become familiar with college courses, lab-based research, and community-based research and service.
Summer 2008: 20 high school students were recruited for this program, which involved computer-building and telemetry activities (cricketSat).
Summer 2009: 20 high school students were recruited for this program, which involved computer-building and a sustainability activities (Biodiesel).

3. Retention

A. Intrusive Advising

STEP-UP students can seek advice on course schedules, STEM pathway courses, and research opportunities within the STEM pathways.

B. Mentoring

Mentors: If STEP-UP students wish to seek advice on course schedules, STEM pathway courses, and research opportunities within the STEM pathways, they are free to meet with the STEM student mentors. Information about all other mentors available in the STEM program. Listed below are STEP-UP mentors from previous semesters:

  • Spring 2011: Leisha Marie Caspillo Aalona (Math), Kara Kahue (Biology), Naomi Nihipali (Math and Chemistry), Daniel Jennings-Kam (Chemistry), Ryan Saito (Math), Devan Tatemichi (Math and Chemistry), Thomas Lee (Math and Physics), Erin Fujimoto (Botany and Chemistry)
  • Fall 2010: Leisha Marie Caspillo Aalona (Math), Kara Kahue (Biology), Naomi Nihipali (Math and Chemistry), Daniel Jennings-Kam (Chemistry), Ryan Saito (Math), Koa Herras (Math), Patrick Moon (Chemistry), Erin Fujimoto (Botany)
  • Spring 2010: Ghian Paolo Parajillo (Electrical Engineering)
  • Fall 2009: Andy Pham (Electrical Engineering)
  • Spring 2009: Stephanie Colley (Exercise and Sport Science), Ashley Tsumoto (Chemistry)
  • Fall 2008: Cyrus Legg (Electrical Engineering)
  • Spring 2008: Henry Languit (Civil Engineering)

Tutoring: Based on our PLUS and tutoring assessment, PLUS activities have shown to be more effective than regular tutoring. We have therefore decided to focus our efforts on the PLUS activities and are planning to eliminate tutoring activities. Listed below are STEP-UP tutors from previous semesters:

  • Fall 2010: Jeremy Fickle (Chemistry), Erin Fujimoto (Botany), Jihan Kim (Physics), Ghian Paolo Parajillo (Math), Runxi Zhang (Chemistry), Patra Foulk (Biology), Joshua Rosen (Biology), Corey Shimabukuro (Electrical Engineering), Patrick Moon (Chemistry), Jiehua He (Physics and Math)
  • Spring 2010: Jeremy Fickle (Chemistry), Anela Burg (Chemistry), Runxi Zhang (Chemistry), Andy Pham (Physics & Math)
  • Fall 2009: Andy Pham (Physics), Spencer Lum (Physics), Elizabeth Gregg (Physics, Math), Panakhaporn Unchanpat (Physics), Runxi Zhang (Chemistry), Christian Daoud (Math, Physics, Civil Engineering)
  • Spring 2009: Spencer Lum (Physics), Ka-Yu Tang (Math), Elizabeth Gregg (Physics, Math)
  • Fall 2008: Tevita Akauola (Physics, Math), Elizabeth Gregg (Physics, Math)
  • Spring 2008: Henry Languit (Physics), Tevita Akauola (Physics, Math), Xi Hang Cao (Physics, Math)

Peer-Led-Unit Study (PLUS) Sessions: The PLUS sessions are group problem-solving sessions that are held once a week and are led by student leaders. Here, you can find more information about all other Recitation Leaders (PLUS) available within the STEM program. Below is a list of STEP-UP PLUS Leaders from previous semesters:

  • Spring 2011: Joshua Rosen (Biology), Carmen Velazquez (Biology), Jihan Kim (College and University Physics), Yubo Huang (Physics)
  • Fall 2010: Jihan Kim (Physics), Ghian Paolo Parajillo (Math), Runxi Zhang (Chemistry), Patra Foulk (Biology), Joshua Rosen (Biology), Corey Shimabukuro (Electrical engineering), Patrick Moon (Chemistry), Jiehua He (Physics and Math)
  • Spring 2010: Andy Pham (Physics), Runxi Zhang (Chemistry)
  • Fall 2009: Elizabeth Gregg (Physics, Math), Spencer Lum (Physics), Andy Pham (Physics)
  • Spring 2009: Spencer Lum (Physics), Elizabeth Gregg (Physics), Tevita Akauola (Physics, Math)
  • Fall 2008: Tevita Akauola (Physics), Nari Okui (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Spring 2008: Nari Okui (Physics), Xi Hang Cao (Physics), Shin Young (Chemistry)

C. Undergraduate Research Experience (URE)

Opportunities are available for STEP-UP students to conduct research projects in both laboratory and field environments. These research projects are categorized under the various STEM pathways.

Spring 2011

Extraction of oil from algae to produce Biodiesel: Daniel Jennings-Kam. Faculty adviser: Kathleen Ogata.

Improving Heart Rate Predictions of Energy Expenditure: Naomi Nihipali, Hoang Nguyen. Faculty advisers: Ronald Dunn, Amy Patz Yamashiro.

Existence and characterization of fresh spring water spouts in Waikiki: Kanoelani Steward. Faculty adviser: Mackenzie Manning.

Native Hawaiian Garden and GIS Mapping: Nanette Tavares, Bradley Hughes, Leisha Caspillo Aalona. Faculty advisers: Wendy Kuntz, Nelda Quensell.

Characterization of T. gondii, responsible for toxoplasmosis: Emily Mishina. Faculty advisers: Matthew Tuthill.

Effect of Mucin and Deoxycholate on the growth and behavior of Campylobacter: Aysha Bindya Cheekuthanakath Ebrahimkutty, Gerardo Ramos. Faculty adviser: John Berestecky.

Quantification of Regulatory T cells in Peripheral Blood by Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction: Pamela Tang. Faculty adviser: Matthew Tuthill.

Thermotolerance in Nerita picea: Patricia Cockett. Faculty adviser: Wendy Kuntz.

Effects of Batesian Mimicry on shell selection of hermit crabs: Sunny Kao. Faculty adviser: Wendy Kuntz.

Allelopathy of Psidium cattleainum: Kelly Bongolan. Faculty adviser: Wendy Kuntz.

Effect of Siphonaria normalis on microalgae growth: Amy Yeung. Faculty adviser: Wendy Kuntz.

Cansat (Engineering) – Phase TWO: Stanley Weber (Team Leader), Mitchell Heins, Ghian Pajarillo, Shohan Islam. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Pupillometry and Actigraphy (SLeep research): Erika Galindo, Rachell Corrado. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Energy Balance: Naomi Nihipali, Hoang Ngyuen, Patrick Moon. Faculty advisers: Amy Patz, Ronald Dunn.

Biodiesel: Albert Carter, Daniel Jennings-Kam, Chelsea Goto. Faculty advisers: Kathy Ogata.

Ecology/Ecosystem: Kanoe Steward. Faculty adviser: Mackenzie Manning.

Autonomous Robotics: Eric Jordan, Jeff Griffith. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NASA): Liem Ngyuen, James Bynes. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Physics (Electrokinetics): Thomas Lee, Vy Luu. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

UROV (Engineering): Makana Ramos. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.Fall 2010

Cansat (Engineering) – Phase ONE: Stanley Weber (Team Leader), Mitchell Heins, Ghian Pajarillo, Islam Shajedul, Anadil Chowdhury. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Pupillometry and Actigraphy (SLeep research): Erika Galindo, May Salcedo, Rachell Corrado, Moa Morton, Anela Burg. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Energy Balance: Naomi Nihipali, Hoang Ngyuen, Patrick Moon. Faculty advisers: Amy Patz, Ronald Dunn.

Biodiesel: Albert Carter, Daniel Jennigs-Kam, Chelsea Goto. Facultyadvisers: Kathy Ogata.

Ecology/Ecosystem: Kanoe Steward. Faculty adviser: Mackenzie Manning.

Botany: Megan Carr, Erin Fujimoto. Faculty adviser: Nelda Quensell.

Autonomous Robotics: Eric Jordan, Tadd Oshiro, David Horton, Jeff Griffith, Matthew Inouye. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

DNA sequencing: Alexandra Morimoto. Faculty adviser: Matt Tuthill.

MicroBiology: Gerard Ramos, Aysha Bindya Cheekutthanakath Ebrahimkutty, Lucas Heldt-Manica. Faculty adviser: John Berestecky.

Computer algorithm programming: Jiecai He. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Hermit Crab (Ecology): Blaine Shimabukuro, Patricia Cockett. Faculty adviser: Wendy Kuntz.

Spring 2010

Cansat Competition – Phase TWO: Jeffrey Griffith (Team Leader), Dana Johnson, Jiehua He, Sean Lesley, Kai Goa, Panakhaporn Unchanpat, Stanley Weber, Jihan Kim, Ricky Tso, and Ghian Pajarillo. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin, John Rand, and Maria Bautista.

MATE Competition (UROV) – Phase TWO: Cyrus Legg (Team Leader), Max Lindsey, Corey Shimabukuro, Christian Daoud, Andy Pham, Darrick Hatch, Eric Jordan, Ibrahim Chebib, Anadil Chowdhury, Jason Epperson, Daniel Fong, James Herras, David Horton, Shajedul Islam, Kurt Kalhoefer, Garric McLean, Mishkat Rahman, and Norman Tansey. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin and John Rand.

Solar Tracking System: James Omori, Andy Pham, and Darryl Mckinley. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Biodiesel: Albert Carter, Zachery Darnell, Gerard Ramos, and Daniel Jennings-Kam. Faculty advisers: Kathleen Ogata and Herve Collin.

Ecology: Jason Alstad and Patra Foulk. Faculty adviser: Wendy Kuntz.

Biotechonology: Sheryle Ishimoto, Alexandra Morimoto, Vannarin Tan, and Lucas Heldt-Manica. Faculty adviser: Matthew Tuthill and John Berestecky.

Fall 2009

Cansat Competition – Phase ONE: Jeffrey Griffith (Team Leader), Dana Johnson, Jiehua He, Brian Hur, Sean Lesley, Kai Goa, Panakhaporn Unchanpat, Stanley Weber, and John Yap. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin and Maria Bautista.

MATE Competition (UROV) – Phase ONE: Cyrus Legg (Team Leader), Julien Cercillieux, Max Lindsey, Corey Shimabukuro, Christian Daoud, Andy Pham, Darrick Hatch, Deserie Bala, Andrew Miyashiro, Mishkat Rhaman, Eric Jordan, Shadejul Islam, David Horton, Daniel Fong, Jason Epperson, Anadil Chowdhury, Ibrahim Chebib, Garric McLean, and Mark Baptista. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin and John Rand.

Pupillometry: Kendra Dilcher – Kendra presented her individual research at the Hawai’i NASA Space Grant Consortium conference in November of 2009 at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin and John Rand.

Solar Tracking System: James Omori. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Spring 2009

Cansat Competition – Phase TWO: Leon Santinizio (Team Leader), Jon-Erik Gunderson, Chaoming Liang, Alexander Williams, Weifeng Li, Huilin Xie, Chamille Esteban, and Elizabeth Gregg. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin, John Rand, and Maria Bautista.

MATE Competition (UROV) – Phase TWO: Cyrus Legg (Team Leader), Max Lindsey, Corey Shimabukuro, Christian Daoud, Andy Pham, and Darrick Hatch. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin and John Rand.

Sleep Research: Kendra Dilcher, May Salcedo, Jason Shuster, and Kelli Yamaguchi. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin and John Rand.

Fall 2008

Cansat Competition – Phase ONE: Leon Santinizio (Team Leader), Jon-Erik Gunderson, Chaoming Liang, Alexander Williams, Weifeng Li, Huilin Xie, Chamille Esteban, and Elizabeth Gregg. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin and Maria Bautista.

MATE Competition (UROV) – Phase ONE: Cyrus Legg, Max Lindsey, Corey Shimabukuro, and Christian Daoud. Faculty advisers: Herve Collin and John Rand.

Spring 2008

Under Water Operated Vehicle: Cyrus Legg, Max Lindsey, Alexander Williams, and Dwight Van Der Spoel – The students presented their research at the 1st Annual Islands of Opportunity Alliance-LSAMP (IOA-LSAMP) Student Conference from August 14th to the 16th at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Faculty advisers: John Rand and Herve Collin.

Fuel Cell: Xi Hang Cao and Huilin Xie. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.

Robotics (VEX): Landon Higuchi. Faculty adviser: Herve Collin.