Student giving presentation.
Dewi Setiani, a master’s degree student in education at UH Mānoa, shares her research presentation case study at the EWC International Graduate Student Conference. (Photo: East-West Center)

More than 80 graduate students from 39 universities in 25 nations gathered at the East-West Center (EWC) adjacent to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus in February to present their research at the 18th annual International Graduate Student Conference. The interdisciplinary gathering, planned and organized by EWC participants who are pursuing graduate degrees at UH, is among the largest of its kind worldwide. About 35 of the conference participants were UH students.

“Thanks to the East-West Center, this annual conference offers graduate students a unique opportunity not only to present their research in a professional setting, but also to get involved in organizing an academic meeting, which can be invaluable career experience,” said student conference chair Smrity Ramavarapu from India.

The three-day conference held February 14–16 at EWC’s Hawaiʻi Imin International Conference Center included 25 panel sessions focusing on the Asia-Pacific region and interactions with the U.S. The primarily self-funded presenters were selected from 207 graduate students who submitted paper abstracts.

Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina S. McKenna, a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa, delivered the conference’s keynote address titled “Gender, Sexuality and Access to Resources: One Woman’s Story.”

Although UH and EWC are separate institutions, they have long been close partners and neighbors.