Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UH

Astronomy | Biosciences | Engineering | Physics | Psychology | General And Special Interest


Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the Institute for Astronomy

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822-1839
Phone: (808)-956-8312
Fax: (808)-988-2790

Offers undergraduates who are considering a career in science the opportunity to engage in research with professional astronomers working on current issues in astrophysics. Students chosen will be full-time research assistants to faculty.


Hawai'i Space Fellowships and Traineeships

Space Grant Offices at Manoa
Phone: (808)-956-3138
Email (Dr. Ed Scott): escott@higp.hawaii.edu

Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium awards undergraduates with fellowships and traineeships in fields that are relevant to NASA's goals. Fellowship and Traineeship is awarded depending on the student's skill, knowledge level, and time commitment.



UH Manoa Mathematical Biology Training and Research Program

Department of Math, Univeristy of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808)-956-4675
Fax: (808)-956-9139

Supports Biomath collaborations, sponsors formal seminars and informal discussions. For more information on how to participate in this program please visit the website link.

Marine Option Program (MOP) Student Symposium

College of Natural Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2450 Campus Road
Dean Hall 105A
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956 8433
Fax: (808) 956 2417
Email: mop@hawaii.edu

This program focuses on undergraduates, but is also open to graduate and professional students, in all fields througout the UH system. This program provides a clearinghouse for marine-oriented education and emplyment opportunities. It offers its students a chance to network with professionals and fellow students working in marine biology.

This program is available at all ten UH campuses.

Marine Option Program (MOP) Student Symposium

College of Natural Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2450 Campus Road
Dean Hall 105A
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956 8433
Fax: (808) 956 2417
Email: mop@hawaii.edu

A MOP certificate is similar to a minor and is awarded to eligible undergraduates who successfully complete 12-16 credit hours of marine-related courses, IS 100 (MOP Seminar) as well as a MOP skill project. A MOP certificate is an official UH Certificate that is registered on your transcript.

For more information please visit the website.

Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (CMORE)

Center for Microbial Oceanography, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-6220
Fax: (808) 956-9225

This program provides undergraduates majoring in an ocean or earth science-related field, especially underresprested students, the chance to participate in hands-on research experiences with a mentor.


Undergraduate Research and Training Program: Pacific Region
Diabetes Education (PRIDE) Programs

Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC)
1993 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-4761
Email: uhmarc@pbrc.hawaii.edu

Prepares students from underrepresented groups for Bioscience careers by providing academic support and a stimulating research experience.


UH Manoa Pacific Bioscience Research: Undergraduate Research and
Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM)

Dr. Michael G. Hadfield
Kewalo Marine Laboratory
41 Ahui Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 539-7300
Fax: (808) 599-4817
Email: hadfield@hawaii.edu

Program offers to train promising students from various islands in modern approaches to environmental biology. This program expectation is to train students so that they will be able to contribute significantly to conserving and restoring native species and habitats in the their homeland through hands-on activities in governement or private agencies.

Please see website for more details.


University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Marine Biology Undergraduate Research

Phone: (808)-956-8303
Email: marine-biology@hawaii.edu

Directed research can be conducted under supervision of marine biology faculty in many education programs. The list can be found on the website. Please visit the website for further information.


Partnership for Advanced Marine and Environmental Science Training for Pacific Islanders

Robert Richmond
Kewalo Marine Laboratory
Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
41 Ahui St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808)-539-7300
Fax: (808)-599-4817
Email: richmond@hawaii.edu

This program is intended to train students, specifically Pacific Isanders, to serve their home islands as informed leaders in natural resource assessment, protection and restoration. Students will also be trained to provide information to the broader international community.


Pacific Intership Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)

Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science
University of Hawai'i Hilo
200 W. Kāwili St. Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 933-0705
Fax: (808) 933-0704
E-mail: uhintern@hawaii.edu

This program is a university level project-based internship for students interested in the natural and environemental sciences, especially for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders. Students work with researches at various UH campuses and state or federal agencies.



STEM Program, LSAMP Scholars Program Research Internships

Keaholoa STEM Program
Kanaka`ole Hall 273-B
University of Hawai`i at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, Hawai`i 96720-4091
Phone: (808) 974-7648
Fax: (808) 933-2318
Email: keaholoa@hawaii.edu

Offers internships to UH Hilo students who would like to gain experience conducting scientific research. Under faculty members or mentors, students will explore a variety of topics related to Hawai'i island environments. Research will involve a combination of lab and field work.



Mechanical Engineering Research

Mechanical Engineering, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
2540 Dole St. - Holmes Hall 302
Honolulu HI 96822
Phone: (808)-956-7167
Fax: (808)-956-2373
Email: meoffice@eng.hawaii.edu

Each year a handful of students are selected to work with faculty members to help facilitate research and gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge projects that benefit the community.


Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute (HINEI) Student Internships

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
1680 East West Road, POST 109
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808)-956-8890
Fax: (808)-956-2336
Email: hnei@hawaii.edu

Undergraduate and Graduates are welcome to an internship at Hawai'i Energy Institute. Students will have the chance to work alongside top engineers and researches in the field. Designed for students who have obtained a Bachelor's or Advanced Degree.


University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Department of Physics Student Assistant

Professor Pui Lam, Chair
Department of Physics
University of Hawaii
2505 Correa Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808)-956-7087
Fax: (808) 956-7107
E-mail: physics@hawaii.edu

Undergraduates who are interested in majoring in physics have an opportunity for a part-time position assisting a faculty member in the grading of papers in laboratory teaching, and in research projects. There is always a possibility of receiving significant financial aid in addition to the assistantship.

Graduate assistantships are also available.

Please contact the Department Chair to learn more about opportunities.



Univeristy of Hawai'i at Manoa, Department of Psychology Research
Participation - PSY 499

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Department of Psychology
2530 Dole Street
Sakamaki C 400
Honolulu, HI 96822-2294
Undergraduate Advising Office
Phone: (808) 956-8414
Fax: (808) 956-4700
Email: psychadv@hawaii.edu

Undergraduates who participate in this research participation can also take this as a PSY 499 course. Students gain a better understanding of the process of conducting research in a special area of study, and build relationships with the graduate students and faculty members who are mentoring them. Undegraduates work directly on research projects with a full-time psychology faculty member or their graduate student as their supervisor.

Please visit website or contact the advising office for more information.

General And Special Interest Programs

Hawai'i STEM Intercommunity Portal (SIP)

This is an interactive, community based learning site aimed at STEM programs, classes, and opportunities. Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) outreach consists of these four disciplines. SIP has provided a list of internships, financial aid, other opportunites for the students that are connected with the STEM disciplines.

McNair Program

Please see website for more inforamtion

Provides students with financial backing to complete undergraduate through graduate work, as well as doctoral degrees. Students must be first generation college student or historically underrrepresented students in higher education. Please see website for more information.


Graduate Professional Access Program (GPA)

Please see website for more information

Helps students achieve doctoral degrees and provides for the advancement of students and faculty from groups in STEM fields. Mutiple programs are facilitated under GPA and SEED collaboration.


Upward Bound

Please see area-appropriate website for contact information

Federally funded program for high school students which allows the students to gain the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in college.

Winward Community College: http://upwardbound.wcc.hawaii.edu/
UH Hilo: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ub/
Leeward Community College:

Kokua Program

Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services 013
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808)-956-7511
Phone: (808)-956-7612
Fax: (808)-956-8093
Email: kokua@hawaii.edu

Serves undergraduates, graduate and professional
students with learning, physical, psychiatric or other
documented disabilities to facilitate equal access to
the University of Hawai'i at Manoa experience


Bridge To Hope (BTH)


Please see website to contact correct coordinator

Provides an education option for welfare recipients and First-To-Work participants who want to attend college as a means of achieving lifelong economic self-sufficiency.


Senior Citizen Visitor Program

Dr. Patricia Masters
Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services 413
Phone: (808)-956-9317
Email: pmasters@hawaii.edu

Allows Hawai'i senior citizens to "visit" courses that are offered at the UH Manoa free of charge. See website for more information.


Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) Outreach

Adrianne Guerero
Phone: (808)-956-7348
Email: guerero@hawaii.edu

Develops and conducts a variety of programs and activities that addresses multiculturalism in the University and the greater community.


Kule'a Program

Loane Ho'omanawanui
Phone: (808)-956-7348

Promotes the recruitment and transfer of Native Hawaiians and members of other disadvantaged groups to UHM.


Future Teachers Workshop (FTW)

Ferdenan Damo
Phone: (808)-956-7348

Provides aspiring High School Students the opportunity to become teachers. FTW provides teacher-preparation worshops that introduce topics and skills that help students understand how to better manage a classroom environment.


Bin-I Project

Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) Office
Phone: (808) 956-7348

Provides multicultural service learning experience for university students. Students are assigned to tutor immigrant children at various elementary, middle and high schools or social service agencies.


Filipinio Community Network

Brandon Dela Cruz
Email: dela@hawaii.edu

30 minute radio show aired each Saturday at 5 pm on KNDI radio. The show aims to discuss issues concerning the Filipino Community through various perspectives. For more inforation, please visit the website.


Diversity and Equity Initiative

Pua Auyong-White
Email: paw@hawaii.edu

Funds projects that address issues on ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture. All ten University of Hawaii campuses are eligible for a Diversity and Equity Initiative Grant. For more information please visit the website.


Federal STEP and SCEP Programs

Lois Agena, Academic Support
Sherman 101
Phone: (808) 956-7530
Email: laagena@hawaii.edu

US Office of Personnel Management offers two student internship programs: Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and Student Career Enhancement Program (SCEP). STEP is meant for general student employment during the summer or throughout the year, not necessarily related to academic background. SCEP provides work for student directly related to their academic field of study.



STEM Target Group and Research Projects

Keaholoa STEM Program
Kanaka`ole Hall 273-B
University of Hawai`i at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, Hawai`i 96720-4091
Phone: (808) 974-7648
Fax: (808) 933-2318
Email: keaholoa@hawaii.edu

This internship program is open to Native Hawaiian and other students belonging to groups not well represented in the sciences. Students will explore a variety of scientific topics and gain experience conducting research.


Upper Division Honors

UHM Honors Program
Sinclair Library 128
2425 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 9682
Phone: (808) 956-8391
Fax: (808) 956-3525
Email: honors@hawaii.edu

Students in Upper Division honors follow a course of study that lends itself to independent research and creative work that is supervised by a faculty member until its completion. Certain requirements are necessary. Please see website for more information.


Certain departments also offer their own Honors Track studies and research.

College Opportunites Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

College Opportunities Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2600 Campus Road, QLCSS Rm 308
Honolulu HI 96822

Please see website for application and further contact information

Allows individuals who may not meet the requirements for regular UHM admission to have a "summer and first year residential college experience" on campus. Open to all individuals who do not meet UHM requirements, underrespresented minorities, and non-traditional students. Selected students who meet the summer program requirements will gain admission to UHM in the fall semester.