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Posted on | January 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Announcements

  • Spring 2010 Diversity and Equity Initiatives Accepting Proposals
  • Hilo’s Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science Recruiting

Spring 2010 Diversity and Equity Initiatives Accepting Proposals

The Student Equity Excellence and Diversity office is accepting proposals for Spring 2010 Diversity and Equity Initiatives now until Feb. 5. This initiative has supported speakers, authors, research, performance and media projects that address diversity in many aspects of higher education.

Proposals which serve more than one campus are strongly encouraged. Maximum award $5,000.

The deadline to submit proposals is Fri., Feb. 5, with notification to applicants by end of February.

For application and guidelines go to the Diversity and Equity Initiative website. For more information or questions email Pua Auyong.

Hilo’s Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science Recruiting

Hilo’s Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science is announcing the open recruitment for its 2010 summer program. PIPES is currently recruiting undergraduate students of Native Hawaiian ancestry, other kamaʻaina and underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college students for paid summer environmental internships statewide.

Several programs are run under PIPES including the University of Hawaiʻi Hawaiian Internship Program, the Research Experience for Undergraduates and the Micronesia and American Samoa Student Internship Program. Each program targets a broad range of students from different majors, but their unifying interests in tropical conservation sciences, natural and cultural resource management, and environmental education and outreach create a passionate and focused group of student interns.

The summer program begins with a 4-day intern orientation in June at UH Hilo, students then report to their host agency site to work side-by-side on a mentored project. All interns also attend the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference on Oʻahu to listen to and network with researchers, land managers and other conservation and environmental professionals based in Hawaiʻi. The summer concludes with a student symposium where interns present their research and summer work to their peers, the UH Hilo community and other host mentors.

PIPES was founded through partnerships between Hilo and Federal and State agencies in response to the observed lack of local representation in the conservation workforce in Hawaiʻi. Program efforts are supported by USGS Biological Resources Division Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, USDA Forest Service Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kamehameha Schools– Aina Ulu Program, UH Hilo’s Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, Alu Like Inc., the National Science Foundation, and the many agencies and researchers that host and support interns each year.

Since its beginnings in 1996, the PIPES programs have connected over 260 undergraduate students to rich and meaningful summer internship experiences throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Past interns have moved onto to pursue graduate degrees and become increasingly influential professionals in the conservation and resource management communities of Hawaiʻi.

Online applications are now being accepted via the PIPES website. Application deadline is Fri., Feb. 12, 2010. Please email Ulu Ching or Noelani Puniwai or call 933-0705 for more information.