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Symposium creates ‘thriving culture of scholarship and research’ at UH West Oʻahu

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A Zoom screenshot from the Spring 2020 Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. Image courtesy of UHWO Staff

Increasing the number of undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu with engaged scholarship and research experience is the ultimate goal of the Spring 2021 Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, and the entire campus community is invited to be part of the event, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, via Zoom.

“The Student Research and Creative Works Symposium at UH West Oʻahu has been one way to both educate and immerse students in an environment of engaged scholarship that meets the need for more productive problem solvers in Hawaiʻi’s workforce,” said Dr. Camonia Graham-Tutt, symposium organizer.

The symposium serves as an impactful setting that allows students to identify relevant public sector issues, design methods to respond to the issues, critically evaluate information collected, and disseminate the information, she said.

Dr. Camonia Graham-Tutt
Dr. Camonia Graham-Tutt

“These higher-ordered problem-solving skills are necessary to meet the needs of Hawaiʻi’s rising workforce demands,” said Graham-Tutt, assistant professor of Community Health at UH West Oʻahu.

New to the symposium will be a session called “What is Research?” — which is open to everyone, especially students who are curious about conducting research in the future or those who need a refresher in research.

The symposium’s primary aim is to provide an opportunity for dynamic student research learning experiences to be showcased on a variety of topics. The student-focused event will also demonstrate diversity in their respective fields of study.

Student presenters at the event will benefit by showcasing mentored research that displays both exploration and creativity, Graham-Tutt said, and attendees will benefit from viewing research carried out by undergraduate students.

This is the ninth symposium at UH West Oʻahu. The first virtual symposium in Spring 2020 welcomed 100 event attendees and for the following virtual symposium in Fall 2020, there were more than 200 event attendees.

“The student research symposium has quickly become a community event helping to establish a thriving culture of scholarship and research on campus as evidenced by over 1,200 faculty, students, staff, and community members attending this event since its inception in 2016,” Graham-Tutt noted.

All UH West Oʻahu students, faculty, and staff, and the general public, are welcome to attend. Those who are interested in attending the virtual symposium may register in advance. A confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting will be sent after registering. For more information, email camonia@hawaii.edu.

Sessions throughout the event include the following:

10 a.m. session

BUSA 486 and 490 Senior Project and Practicum
Senior Practicum and Project Capstone students will present their semester-long research projects through PowerPoint Presentations. The students will discuss their research topic, three main issues, and provide strategic recommendations backed by their research and literature review. Question-and-answer will follow each presentation. Taught by instructor Leslie Rush.

11 a.m. sessions

ASPC 486 Senior Project Information Technology / Information Security and Assurance #1
This course is a senior capstone that provides students with the opportunity to complete original research or project in their designated field of study with the guidance of an applied science faculty advisor. Students will share the results of their research or projects in information technology and information security and assurance with symposium attendees. Taught by Dr. J. Burrell.

NEW: “What is Research?”
All are welcome to attend this new session, especially students who are curious about conducting research in the future or those who need a refresher in research. Co-facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Romine and Dr. Olivia George, and William Wittel and Taiese Bingham-Hickman from The Leadership Alliance.

Noon session

CM 400 Documentary Master Class
Project Honua is a Documentary Web Series about Hawaiʻi’s environment and local culture, inspired by the Hawaiian concept of Malama Honua, told through a contemporary lens. These stories about humans and nature living in balance were produced by creative media students from the CM 400 Documentary Masterclass at UH West Oʻahu. Taught by instructor Laurie H. Sumiye.

12:30 p.m. session

Biomedical Research
This session will showcase a variety of biomedical research projects from students at UH West Oʻahu and Leeward CC. If you are interested in undergraduate molecular biology, chemistry, and microbiology research, come see the exciting work being done. Taught by Dr. Bradley Ashburn, Dr. Megan Ross, Dr. Olivia George, and Leeward Research Mentors.

2 p.m. sessions

SD 250 Personal Development for Effective Teams
SD 250 focuses on each student’s personal growth and leadership development in application towards group settings and incorporating the Building a Beloved Community Curriculum as created by Aunty Puanani Burgess. Our group presentations will focus on three different areas: Leadership, Building a Beloved Community, and Personal Development. Taught by instructor Joseph Mareko.

MKT 321 Marketing Research
Quantitative research poster presentations for MKT 321 Marketing Research. Marketing research is the process of designing, collecting, analyzing, and reporting information to address marketing problems. Taught by Dr. Eli Tsukayama.

HIM 306 Operational Management of Health Information Services
A four-minute summary and critique presentation on recently published information related to the topics of privacy, security, or healthcare information governance standards. Topics will include telehealth privacy and security concerns, healthcare data breaches in 2021, and institutional response to healthcare data theft. Taught by Dr. Lynette Williamson.

EDEE 462 Math Methods
UH West Oʻahu students who are education majors conduct research on a problem that exists in learning or teaching mathematics in a very concise yet engaging manner. Since effective communication skills are vital in teaching, the UH West Oʻahu Student Symposium allows for these future teachers to share their findings with professional educators and principals who are looking to hire new teachers. Taught by Dr. Laurie James.

PHYL 142L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
The students of PHYL 142L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab will present their virtual posters on experiments that evaluate various human anatomical and physiological systems. Topics include the effect of exercise on heart rate and blood pressure, oral glucose tolerance, and blood type analysis. Taught by Dr. Jourdan McMillian.

EDEF 404 Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners
Provides an in-depth study of diversity in the educational environment and its impact on teaching and learning. Teacher candidates examine the social, political, curricular, ethical, and instructional implications for elementary classroom teachers. Attention is given to multicultural frameworks and theories; includes the senior “capstone” project. Taught by Dr. Paula Major.

3 p.m. session

ASPC 486 Senior Project Information Technology / Information Security and Assurance #2
This course is a senior capstone that provides students with the opportunity to complete original research or project in their designated field of study with the guidance of an applied science faculty advisor. Students will share the results of their research or projects in information technology and information security and assurance with symposium attendees. Taught by Dr. J. Burrell.

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Images courtesy of UHWO Staff and UHWO Staff

A Zoom screenshot from the Spring 2020 Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. Image courtesy of UHWO Staff