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Inaugural STEMinar showcases Hawaiian scholars

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An upcoming STEMinar features facilitator Dr. Lelemia Irvine (center) and panelists (from left) Kammie Tavares, Maveric Abella, Makana Silva, and Nākoa Farrant. Image courtesy of Honua Scholars and UHWO Staff

Learn how Hawaiian students have navigated the world of STEM as they share their journeys in environmental science, astrophysics, geophysics, biomedical engineering, medicine, and much more at an online talk-story event next week.

The event, “Hiki iaʻu ke hele i ke Kula Nui (I can go University!): A Talk Story with Hawaiian Students on Health and STEM pathways,” will be 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, via Zoom. Register for the event here. It is open to students, teachers, and anyone interested in STEM.

The event is the first “STEMinar” presented by Honua Scholars, which provides mentorship to prepare students for STEM careers and/or advanced degrees.

The talk story will be facilitated by Dr. Lelemia Irvine, assistant professor of Physics at UH West Oʻahu. The featured panelists will share their path, passion, and challenges they have faced in STEM; this will be followed by a Q&A session. The speakers are:

  • Nākoa Farrant, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School
  • Kammie Tavares, a geospatial analyst for the Coastal Geology Group at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Makana Silva, a Ph.D. candidate in Astrophysics at Ohio State University
  • Maveric Abella, a first-year medical student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine

Click here for more information about the program and the presenters. For any questions, contact honuascholars@gmail.com.

Event flyer.

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An upcoming STEMinar features facilitator Dr. Lelemia Irvine (center) and panelists (from left) Kammie Tavares, Maveric Abella, Makana Silva, and Nākoa Farrant. Image courtesy of Honua Scholars and UHWO Staff