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PaCES-HIMB Summer Environmental Science Program for High School Students

 

June 8 - July 18, 2015

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The 2015 PaCES-HIMB Summer Environmental Science Program is an intensive 6-week program providing selected Hawaii high school juniors and seniors with hands-on education and research experiences in environmental science.

The program provides a college-like experience for 24 high school 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 (HIMB). 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.

The closing symposium will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015.reef survey

Students participating in this program and completing its activities will receive college credits (4 credits) as BIOL 124/124L (tuition waived) and a $1,000 scholarship.


Goals of the PaCES-HIMB Summer Environmental Science Program

  1. Promote environmental awareness and understanding, especially about the Kane'ohe Bay environment.
  2. Understand how human activities in the watershed and beyond can affect the adjacent coral reef environment.
  3. Show how modern science, integrated with traditional knowledge, can provide solutions to environmental problems.
  4. Get high school students excited about science through study of the environment.
  5. Expose high school students to academic and career opportunities in environmental science.
  6. 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 profilinglab work
  • Ocean current mapping
  • Stream dynamics
  • Stream flora and fauna
  • Aquatic microbiology
  • Environmental molecular biology
  • Coral reef resource assessment
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Watershed mapping
  • Weather and climate
  • 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.).

Finally, the program promotes environmental stewardship by engaging the students in a variety of ecosystem and cultural restoration projects.


Eligibility

Preference is given to Windward area schools from Waimanalo to Kahuku (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 2015 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 from 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 is February 28, 2015. Announcements regarding acceptances will be made beginning March 31, 2015.

Step 1: Download the Application Packet (form-fillable PDF).
This packet includes the one-page Application Form, instructions for your personal essay, and teacher and community member recommendation forms.

Step 2: Complete the one-page Application Form provided in the Application Packet. The application can be typed via computer and printed for mailing.

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 your full name is written under the title. This essay should be about one page in length and must be typed clearly. Enclose your 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 in 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 in the Application Packet.

The completed application must 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 Packet for instructions)
  • Recommendation from a community member (see Application Packet 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 has reviewed the applications, you may be called in for a personal interview.

Selection Criteria

  • All application materials must be 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, 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
  • Health Clearance Form required by Hawai‘i State Law documenting current TB exam, and Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Immunization
  • Assumption of Risk form
  • Emergency Information - Medical Consent form
  • Medical Insurance Certification
  • Model Release Form

Funding

This program is funded by:

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 at krupp@hawaii.edu or 808-236-9121.

 

 

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