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PaCES-HIMB Summer Environmental Science Program for High School Students


June 9 - July 19, 2014

The closing symposium will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014


This summer's program will be an intensive six-week program providing selected Hawaii high school juniors and seniors (as of this upcoming Fall) with hands on education and research experiences in environmental science.

The program provides a college-like experience for these students. The first few weeks of the program will emphasize classroom, laboratory, and field instruction in environmental science using facilities at Windward Community College and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology. The latter half would emphasize the development and implementation of environmental science research projects by the students under the supervision of research mentors. These projects will evaluate various aspects of how a watershed impacts the adjacent coral reef environment. Thus an ahupua'a, or ridge-to-reef, approach will be embraced. Students will complete a formal research paper describing their research. The end of the program will culminate in a symposium in which the students present their research to a broader audience.

Students participating in this program and completing its activities will receive college credits (four credits) as BIOL 124/124L (tuition waived) and a $500 scholarship.

Goals of the Summer High School Enrichment Program

Promote environmental awareness and understanding, especially about the Kane'ohe Bay environment.

Understand how human activities in the watershed and beyond can affect the adjacent coral reef environment.

Show how modern science, integrated with traditional knowledge, can provide solutions to environmental problems.

Get high school students excited about science through study of the environment.

Expose high school students to academic and career opportunities in environmental science.

An integrated ecosystems (ahupua'a) approach will be undertaken by examining a watershed from ridge to reef. Students will receive instruction and training in the following areas:

  • Water Quality Analyses
  • Soil and Aquatic Sediment Analyses
  • Beach Profiling
  • Ocean Current Mapping
  • Stream Dynamics
  • Stream Flora and Fauna
  • Aquatic Microbiology
  • Environmental Molecular Biology
  • Coral Reef Resource Assessment
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing (RS)
  • Resource Management Practices
  • Water Safety, First Aid, & CPR

In addition, students will learn about how humans have interacted with and impacted the Hawaiian environment from traditional Hawaiian resource utilization practices (resource gathering, loi, fishponds, etc.) to modern activities (farming, urbanization, polluted runoff, stream hardening, etc.).


The target is Windward area schools from Waimanalo to Kahuku for this program (however, students from other areas will also be considered). The interest lies in students who have the greatest potential for benefiting from participation in this program. Students exhibiting high interest and enthusiasm for the environment, even those who have exhibited low to moderate academic achievement while in high school, are encouraged to participate.

Students must be entering seniors (12th grade) or juniors (11th grade) during the Fall 2014 semester.

All students should be aware that they are expected to actively participate in all program activities which include lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions, field activities, stewardship activities, and closing symposium. The program meets 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, all students are expected to participate in the closing symposium.

The Application Process

The application deadline will be February 28, 2014.

Announcements regarding acceptances will be made beginning March 31, 2014.

Step 1: Download the Application Packet (PDF) This packet includes the basic application form, instructions for your personal essay as well as forms for teacher recomendation and community member recomendation.

Step 2: Complete the one-page application form provided in the Application Packet (PDF).

Step 3: As described in the Application Packet, write an essay that clearly states why it is important to understand and protect Hawai'i's watersheds and coral reefs. Essay should demonstrate your enthusiasm and motivation to learn about these valuable Hawaiian resources and share that information with others in the community. An inquisitive mind and an interest in science will weigh equally with academic achievement. Provide a descriptive title and be sure you full name is written under the title. This essay should be about one page in length and must be typed clearly. Enclose this essay with your application form when you submit your application.

Step 4: Have one of your teachers (science or mathematics teacher) complete and submit the Teacher Recommendation Form included with the Application Packet

Step 5: Have a community member (not a teacher nor a family member) familiar with your abilities and potentials complete and submit the Community Member Recommendation Form included with the Application Packet.

The completed application will include the following information:

  • Application form completely filled out and signed by the student and student's parent or guardian.
  • 1-2 page essay (see application form for instructions; essay must be typed and include a descriptive title).
  • Recommendation from a math or science teacher (see application form for instructions).
  • Recommendation from a community member (see application form for instructions). The community member should not be a teacher.

Completed applications should be sent to

Dr. David A. Krupp
Department of Natural Sciences
Windward Community College
45-720 Kea'ahala Road
Kane'ohe, HI 96744.

The Selection Process

The selection process involves two steps: (1) evaluation of the application materials received (see below) to decide on which students to interview; and (2) evaluation of personal interviews with potential selectees. We will also select students in such a way as to achieve a balanced representation from different high schools, especially Windward O'ahu high schools. The maximum number of selected students will be 24.

After the PaCES-HIMB program staff reviews applications, you may be called in for a personal interview.

Selection Criteria

  • All application materials received by the deadline.
  • Quality and content of student's essay (see application form for instructions). Does the student demonstrate an understanding of the Hawaiian environment, commitment to environmental study and stewardship, and a high motivation to participate in this program?
  • Quality and content of evaluation from teacher and community member. These evaluations should address the student's motivation and commitment to the environment and community service. In addition, they should explain how the student would benefit by participating in this program.
  • Personal Interview Criteria
    • Student's ability to respond to questions and communicate orally.
    • Student's demonstration of desire, motivation, and commitment to participating in this program.
    • Student's ability to work positively with others.
    • Student's knowledge and understanding of environmental issues, especially those involving Windward O'ahu.

If selected, then you will also be required to provide the following items in a timely manner:

  • University of Hawai'i System Application Form or Windward CC Kama‘aina Application Form
  • Windward Community College Early Admissions Application
  • TB Clearance completed within a year of the start of the program
  • Measels-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccination documentation
  • Assumption of Risk form
  • Emergency Information - Medical Consent form
  • Medical Insurance Certification
  • Model Release Form


This program is funded by the following:

The program has also been funded by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.

For more information, please contact Dr. David A. Krupp, Professor Biological and Marine Sciences, Windward Community College (; 808-236-9121).



page last updated: April 28, 2014

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