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A total of 58 undergraduate students and six community college faculty have participated in research internships and activities under the University of Hawaii UMEB Program (Table 1, below).


Intern Evaluations

We have recently completed in-depth evaluation of the UMEB program via a questionnaire sent to each former intern for whom we have electronic addresses in January - February 2008. The questionnaire asks for information about each former intern's current location and activities, what college degrees they have earned, and their employment. It also requests their opinion of the program and whether or not it has positively affected their lives subsequent to their internships. There were no negative comments about the program from the 40 respondents.

Comments from former interns in the UH-UMEB program included the following:

Vanessa Fread (Home island, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia; UMEB intern in 2000, '02 & '03; B.Sc., University of Queensland, Australia 2004; currently employed as an Environmental Programs Development Officer for the Yap Community Action Program, an NGO, with projects including atoll-resource management, coral-reef monitoring, sea-turtle conservation and ecological assessments):

"I strongly believe that the UMEB program is a profound one in that it reflects our needs and provides Pacific Islanders like myself in the field of environmental biology a chance to experience and learn skills and processes that are not only essential, but fundamental to our careers as students and later as working professionals."

Lue Dee Kotaro (Home island, Palau; UMEB intern 2003; currently pre-medical student, Utah):

"I honestly am thankful for the program because it was such a good opportunity to learn more about something I actually love. Not only that but I think the Program allowed me to be part of something that can help shape my Island Home Palau in the very near future. In my experience with the Program , we addressed some real problems that Palau and other Island Nations will be facing with concerns of the Global Warming."

Aja Reyes (Home island, Guam; UMEB intern in 2002; B.S. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2006; currently a research assistant in the Univ. Guam Water and Environmental Research Institute and an M.S. candidate at the Univ. of Guam):

"The UMEB program allows participants to not only gain experience and confidence in their field, but they are also able to expand their network. In a field/discipline that is multi-dimensional, it is necessary and beneficial to know what resources are available and where to go to ask for ask for assistance. The network of people I established from the time I was in the UMEB are now great colleagues and friends whom I have repeatedly sought out for their advice and support."

Lekelong S. Seccharraimul (Home island, Palau; UMEB intern 2004; B.S. Grand Valley State Univ., Michigan, 2007; now a legal researcher for the Senate of the Palau National Congress):

"I feel the UMEB experience was very important. In my current job we need individuals that have some kind of scientific understanding of the environment. I am not saying the I have a full and complete understanding, like my mentor, but the understanding I have through UMEB helps me understand environmental and biological issues much better, e.g., a bill that will open a season for fishing the adult humpback parrotfish, a bill establishing a Protected Areas Network, and an Oil and Gas Act."

Peltin Olter Pelep (Home island, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia; UMEB intern 2005 - 08; currently University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.S. candidate in Biology):

"UMEB is the appropriate program for us Pacific Islanders that inhabit places that still have a fighting chance to protect the native terrestrial organisms as well as those from fresh water and ocean environments. Not only that, UMEB has given us the opportunity to learn more about science through literature, (and) it also provides the essence of knowledge attained through practical moments that can take place in research laboratories or in actual field sites. UMEB is an important asset to my past, present and future life."


Publications

Because most of our interns have little in-the-lab scientific training, publications have been slow to emerge from the University of Hawaii UMEB program. However, the following papers are out or soon will be. The UMEB interns' names in in bold.

Nakahashi, C. D., K. Frole and L. Sack. 2005. Bacterial leaf nodule symbiosis in Ardisia (Myrsinaceae): does it contribute to seedling growth capacity? Plant Biology 7: 495 - 500.

Chris Nakahashi was a UMEB intern from May '04 through July '05, when he graduated from Chaminade University. He is now a M.S. candidate in Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Zabin, C. J., J. Zardus, F. B. Pitombo, V. Fread and M. G. Hadfield. 2007. A tale of three seas: consistency of natural history traits in a Caribbean-Atlantic barnacle introduced to Hawaii. Biological Invasions 9(5): 523 - 544.

Vanessa Fread, from the Micronesian Island of Yap, was a UMEB intern for three successive summers, first as a student from the University of Guam and subsequently at the University of Queensland, Australia, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2005. She now works at the Yap Community Action Program.

Perez, K. III, K. S. Rodgers and P. L. Jokiel. 2008. Impact of terrigenous sediment on larval survival and settlement in the reef coral Pocillopora damicornis. Submitted to: Coral Reefs.

Kaipo Perez, a native Hawaiian student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, joined the UMEB program in summer 2007 and was selected for year-round support. He will continue in the program until the end of the current grant on Aug. 31, 2008.

Pelep, P. O. and B. Lynch. 2008. The status of the endemic species of the tree-snail genus Partula on Pohnpei: extinction is likely. To be submitted to Micronesica in 2008.

Peltin Pelep joined the Hawaii-UMEB program in summer 2005, then returned in summer 2006 and remained as a year-round student. He will receive his B.S. in Biology in Dec. 2008. The research reported in this paper resulted from Peltin's efforts during 2005 - 2006, following his first summer in UMEB, and advised by one of our program's ROA-trained mentors at the College of Micronesia, Brian Lynch.


Table 1: University of Hawaii UMEB Interns, 2000-2007

Student Name Home Island / College1 Year Mentor Institute Mentor Now?
Alexander, Alfonso
alfoalex at comfsm.fm
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '05 / '07 UH Manoa Kinzie UH Hilo
Anson, Jorg
kisin_jorg at yahoo.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '06 - '07 UH Manoa Richmond UH Manoa
Bisalen, Mary Ann
mbisalen at chaminade.edu
Chuuk, FSM / Chaminade '04 UH Manoa Smith  
Churney, Robert
galaxyrob at lycos.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '01 - '02 UH Hilo Price UH Hilo B.S. '05
Delemel, Keib
turz9blue at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '05 UH Manoa Freed UH Hilo to U.S. Army
Filrang, Romeo
rfilrang3117 at yahoo.com
Yap (Wolei) / PCC '01 - '02 UH Manoa Hadfield US Marines
Finik, Achena
finikchen at hotmail.com
Chuuk / COM-FSM '02 UH Hilo Price UH Hilo B.S. '05, working
Fread, Vanessa
freadv_yapcap at mail.fm
Yap / U Guam '00 / '02 / '03 UH Manoa Hadfield U Queensland B.S. '04, Yap Community Action Program
Gallen, Jimmy
sin_form at yahoo.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '07 UH Manoa Smith COM / U. Guam B.A. candidate
Gebauer, Imelda
i.geabuer at yahoo.com
American Samoa / ASCC '05 Chaminade Grabowsky UH Manoa
Gold, Eugene
eugegold at comfsm.fm
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '07 UH Manoa Sack COM / U. Guam B.A. candidate
Idechong, Jacques
idechong at hawaii.edu
Palau / PCC '00 - '02 / '04 - '05 U Guam / UH Manoa Richmond UH Manoa
Iriarte, Brandon
biriarte05 at wou.edu
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '05 UH Manoa Richmond E. Oregon Univ. B.S. candidate
Isalias, Sierra
isemei at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '05 UH Manoa Toonen UH Manoa
Jacob, Menoleen
meno_jay at yahoo.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '06 UH Manoa Smith COM A.A. candidate
Kabua, Amata
atkabua at gmail.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '07 UH Manoa Sherwood UH West Oahu B.S. candidate
Kabua, Souvenior
souvie79 at yahoo.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '03 UH Manoa Hadfield CMI / work
Konelios, Laban
lkonelios at yahoo.com
Marshall Islands /CMI '03 UH Manoa Smith CMI
Kotaro, Lue Dee
taoch55 at hotmail.com
Palau / CMI '03 U Guam Richmond PCC
Langidrik, Emrina
elangi21 at yahoo.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '01 UH Manoa Smith UH Manoa, Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority
Lee, Monica
monicale at hawaii.edu
Hawaii / UH Manoa '03 UH Manoa Freed UH Manoa
Leiataua, Toepo
suanilei at yahoo.com
American Samoa / ASCC '04 UH Manoa Smith  
Lomae, Houston
houlom2002 at yahoo.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '04 UH Manoa Toonen UH Manoa
Lomwe, Tobikle
t_lomwe7 at yahoo.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '05 UH Manoa Smith  
Lucky, Julius
tupaclolo at gmail.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '06 UH Manoa Hunter / Forsman UH Hilo
Manase, Milton
miltoon03 at yahoo.com
American Samoa / ASCC '07 Chaminade Grabowsky ASCC
Mongkeya, Marian
shallyanne at hotmail.com
Kosrae / COM-FSM '02 UC Berkeley Gillespie UH Hilo B.S.
Nakahashi, Chris
cdn at hawaii.edu
Hawaii / Chaminade '04 - '05 UH Manoa Drake / Sack UH Manoa M.S. candidate in Botany
Nanpei, Jeannie
jnanpei at hotmail.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '07 UH Manoa Aeby Honolulu
Nelber, Chestwood
chestwoodnelber at hotmail.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '01 U Guam Richmond FSM, working
Nestor, Victor
vnestor05 at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '05 UH Manoa Sherwood Palau, Pacific International Coral Reef Center
Ngirmeriil, Ngirmeriil
dngirmeriil at gmail.com
Palau / PCC '04 UH Manoa Hadfield UH Manoa B.A. candidate
Nu`usila, Lunetta
lnuusila at yahoo.com
American Samoa / ASCC '02 UH Manoa Smith BYU-HI
Palsis, Larson
seealot at hotmail.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '06 UH Manoa Sherwood Palau
Pelep, Peltin
olterp at yahoo.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '05 - '07 UH Manoa Hadfield UH Manoa B.S. candidate in Biology
Perez, Kaipo
kaipop at hawaii.edu
Hawaii / UHM '07 UH Manoa Gokiel UH Manoa B.S. candidate in Marine Biology
Rayphand, Abe
koolphan at hotmail.com
Chuuk / COM-FSM '01 U Guam Paul COM-Chuuk, teaching
Remengesau, Shelley
sremengesau at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '07 UH Manoa Toonen PCC
Reuney, Laurie
lreuney at hotmail.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '01 / '03 UC Berkeley Gillespie UH Hilo
Reyes, Aja
reyes.aja at gmail.com
Guam / UH Hilo '02 U Guam Richmond UH Manoa B.S. Marine Biology, U Guam M.S. candidate
Ruiz-Jones, Guadalupe
guadalupe.ruizjones at student.chaminade.edu
New Mexico / Chaminade '06 - '07 UH Manoa Hadfield Chaminade
Santos, Jansen
jansens at hawaii.edu
Pohnpei, FSM / UH Manoa '04 - '05 UH Manoa Freed UH Manoa
Satele, Sasauli
sasauli at yahoo.com
Amer. Samoa / ASCC '02 UH Manoa Kinzie ASCC / work
Secharraimul, Lex
lekelongs at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '03 - '04 UH Manoa Hadfield Grand State University, Michigan B.S. '07, working Palau legislature
Segal, Bond
bond_segal at yahoo.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '06 UH Manoa Tricas UH Hilo
Siatu`u, Batta
bata_79 at excite.com
American Samoa / Chaminade '01 UH Hilo Senock teaching
Sinsak, Muriell
mechellins at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '01 UH Manoa Daehler Palau, Dept. of Finance
Sisior, Gwendolyn
gwsisior at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '02 / '04 UH Manoa Smith UH Manoa B.S., M.S. candidate in Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Sisior, Leticia
lksisior at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '01 / '02 UH Hilo / UH Manoa Hemmes / Cowie / Ticktin UH Manoa B.S. Anthropology, M.S. candidate in Pacfic Island Studies
Solomon, Morthy
morthy12 at yahoo.com
Pohnpei / COM-FSM '00 U Guam Richmond teaching, Pohnpei schools
Swei, Dilrreng
hngobe33 at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '03 UH Manoa Drake PCC
Thomas, Lynna
lynnatho at hawaii.edu
eride at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '01 / '02 / '04 UH Hilo / UH Manoa Senock / Cowie / Ticktin UH Manoa, B.S., M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Toala, Saipologa
stoala_81 at yahoo.com
American Samoa / ASCC '04 UH Manoa Kinzie / Carlon  
Ucharm, Gerda
gucharm at gmail.com
Palau / PCC '04 - '05 UH Manoa Richmond PCC, Palau International Coral Reef Center
White, Melba
li_melba at hotmail.com
Marshall Islands / CMI '01 UH Hilo deMaintenon James Cook Univ., Australia B.S., Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority
Williams, Jonathan Jr.
jpeleliupridej at yahoo.com
Palau / Chaminade '07 UH Manoa Stimpson Chaminade Univ.
Williams, Sunny
krayziesouljah31 at yahoo.com
Palau / PCC '03 UH Hilo Price UH Manoa B.S. '07, Sonoma State Univ., Calif., M.S candidate in Cultural Resource Management
Yuen, Stanley
stanman at uclink4.berkeley.edu
Hawaii / UC Berkeley '01 UH Manoa Morden Grad. Sch.

Table 2: University of Hawaii UMEB-ROA Interns, 2005-2006

Faculty Name Home Island / College1 Year Mentor Institute Mentor Now?
Braun, Karolyn American Samoa / ASCC '06 UH Manoa Hadfield ASCC
Harriss, Frankie Marshall Islands / CMI '05 UH Manoa Hadfield CMI
Hess, Donald Marshall Islands / CMI '06 UH Manoa Hadfield COM-FSM
Lynch, Brian Pohnpei / COM-FSM '05 - '06 UH Manoa Hadfield COM-FSM
Rengiil, Geraldine Palau / PCC '06 UH Manoa Hadfield PCC
Yuji, Vernice Palau / PCC '05 UH Manoa Hadfield PCC

1 ASCC: American Samoa Community College
CMI: College of the Marshall Islands
COM: College of Micronesia
FSM: Federated States of Micronesia
PCC: Palau Community College