UH Mānoa summer research experience connects students with ‘āina

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jessie Chen, (626) 731-4852
Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Posted: Jul 29, 2019

SURE student participants volunteer at Lyon Arboretum
SURE student participants volunteer at Lyon Arboretum

LINK TO VIDEO AND SOUND (details below): https://bit.ly/2Z1Gcj4 

WHAT:  Community engagement trip to malama ‘āina as part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

WHO:  Cohort of undergraduate students (both UH Mānoa and non-UH Mānoa), including UH Mānoa dietetics major Gemady Langfelder.

WHEN: SURE culminates on August 2, 2019, with a two-day symposium for undergraduate students from all disciplines to showcase their research and creative work projects.

WHERE:  UH Mānoa Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Mānoa Road


  • Student participants assisted in the native Hawaiian plant section and learned about the ahupua‘a as well as native, canoe and invasive plants from arboretum staff.

  • SURE is a free, cohort-based summer program, and provides resources for both faculty mentors and students. 

  • As part of SURE, UH faculty and staff lead professional development modules, offering undergraduate students opportunities to build professional and academic skills.

  • Through SURE, students can confer within their cohort on the challenges, solutions and rewards they experience when working on research or creative work projects. The SURE intends for students to develop a sense of place and community.

  • UROP coordinates and promotes opportunities for undergraduate students across all disciplines at UH Mānoa to engage in faculty-mentored research and creative works.

  • Langfelder’s research involves a mobile health app that tracks fruit and vegetable intake by using carotenoid content as a biomarker to prevent and treat diseases such as obesity. 



BROLL: (1 minute 32 seconds)

0:00-1:32, 17 clips, students working with native Hawaiian plants at the Lyon Arboretum


Gemady Langfelder, UH Mānoa junior and SURE participant (:09)

“It’s been amazing, I’ve met a lot of really cool people, similar interests with me and I learned a lot about graduate admission in one of the events that was held by SURE.” 

“My partner and I were able to receive training in Canada and it was all funded by UROP so without them that would not have been possible. We weren’t able to collaborate with researchers there if it weren’t for their help.”  (:12)


Jessie Chen, UH Mānoa UROP program coordinator (:16)

“What this program does is it helps students build the other skills they may not necessarily get out of their specific research project, so we’re talking about social skills, their interaction with each other; they’re also developing a passion for engaging with the community.”