Educational Programs at the Institute

Edwin W. Pauley Summer Program

The Edwin W. Pauley Summer Program in Marine Biology is a graduate-level research and training program which draws faculty and students from around the world. Each summer, a new topic is chosen to be the focus of that program's research. Announcements concerning the topic of the summer program are made approximately in March each year.

Faculty and researchers give seminars and instruct students in new field and laboratory techniques. Faculty members frequently use the facilities of the Institute to further their research, or to obtain specimens from our tropical environment. Students are nominated by the professors attending the program, but a few students may be selected independently as well. Academic credit is not given for the program.

Small CEP logo graphic.Island Tours/ Community Education Program

Discover marine biology at our world renowned research institute at Moku o Lo'e (Coconut Island). Programs for families, individuals, community groups or schools include:

Walking Tour - this 2 to 2-1/2 hour tour includes a boat ride to beautiful Moku o Lo'e island, guided discovery of the island's natural and human history, as well as stops at the shark ponds, touch pool and other areas to learn about our cutting edge research. This program is available for individuals, as well as community and school groups.

Expedition to Moku o Lo'e - become part of a marine biology research team on the water and in the lab during this 3 hour program. Participants begin on our research vessel Honu Kai deploying a plankton net as they travel across Kane'ohe Bay. Upon reaching Moku o Lo'e (Coconut Island) and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, they encounter sharks and other research animals, then do two hands-on labs, one analyzing the plankton from the research cruise and the other sorting through invasive seaweeds to separate out and recover small creatures from the bay.

Coconut Island Overnight - Participants pitch tents creating a marine biology field camp; tour the island, and participate in a night lab dockside and in the lab. Scout troops can earn an oceanography merit badge or activity awards, school groups get a marine science intensive, and family groups can just relax and be marine biologists for a very entertaining evening (non-camping facilities also available at extra cost). This is an unforgettable experience.

For Tour Request Forms, Activity Sign ups, FAQs and more visit our COMMUNITY EDUCATION PAGE (Link: http://www.hawaii.edu/himb/Education/CEP/CEP.html). Or stop by our blog: SCIENCE ISLAND (Link: http://coconutislandnews.blogspot.com/).

Community Research Internship at He'eia Fishpond

Paid research internships for community members (over 17 years old) to participate in research on the biological and geological processes in the He'eia fishpond in Kaneohe. Visit the Laulima A 'Ike Pono Website for more information.

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership

Outreach for HIMB’s Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Research Partnership is part of the HIMB Education Program, and offers interactive school visits, participation in community events, and continuing education courses at Windward Community College. HIMB has also produced a series of podcasts and articles about the conservation-driven research projects in the NWHI from onboard the NOAA ship Hi'ialakai. For more information on the outreach and education goals of the partnership, please email cwiener@hawaii.edu.

Science Inquiry Programs for High School Classes and Students

The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology Education Program offers inquiry based field trips to Moku o Lo'e (Coconut Island), summer and lab internships, and an innovative education program using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to explore coral reefs of Kane'ohe Bay. These opportunities are targeted for high school level students and classes, however in some cases they may also be appropriate for recent high school graduates and early undergraduates. Most of our educational programs are taught in the Marine Science Research Learning Center, an indoor-outdoor lab/classroom facility fully equipped with digital microscopes, laptops and integrated A/V system. Please visit the program's website for more information.

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Undergraduate Education

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is a research institute of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology(SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Undergraduate students of the UH departments of Zoology, Oceanography, Microbiology, Botany, Geography, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering (MBBE), and Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences (HNFAS) take classes and conduct research at HIMB in association with HIMB faculty. If you are interested in becoming a student at UH-Manoa, please contact the following departments for further information:

Although no undergraduate degrees are awarded by the HIMB, undergraduate students do participate in many of our research projects. Click the link for more information for undergraduate students interested in research opportunites at HIMB.

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Graduate Education

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is a research institute of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology(SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Graduate students of the UH departments of Zoology, Oceanography, Microbiology, Botany, Geography, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering (MBBE), and Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences (HNFAS) take classes and conduct research at HIMB in association with HIMB faculty. No graduate degrees are awarded by HIMB although the Institute does provide facilities for graduate student research programs. UH and prospective students should review faculty research areas and contact individual faculty directly to inquire about potential research opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a student at UH-Manoa, please contact the following departments for further information:

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Graduate Degree Specialization in Marine Biology

Students who apply to the graduate programs in botany, microbiology, oceanography, or zoology at the University of Hawai‘i may choose to specialize in marine biology. The marine biology specialization allows students to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty in the above programs rather than with the faculty from only one or two of these areas. The purpose of the specialization is therefore to give the student greater flexibility in choosing the faculty who will serve as mentors on his/her MS or PhD committee. Areas of expertise of the marine biology graduate faculty include aquaculture, behavioral biosystematics, botany, cognition, ecology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, coral reef biology and zoology.

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Special Courses

HIMB periodically offers 1-3 week courses that provide training in the theory and practice of specialized marine research areas. The courses are geared towards graduate students and working professionals that would like to gain experience in the methodologies from HIMB faculty and other subject experts. Past programs included histotechniques and coral disease and coral molecular biological techniques, and a microscopy workshop for plankton identification. There are no courses currently offered.

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Scholarships

Carol Ann and Myron K. Hayashida HIMB Student Support Fund

The purpose of this fund is to assist students at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  The fund may be used for HIMB scholarships intended to assist with cost of attendance (tuition, books, fees), funding for research, supplies, etc.  The fund may also be used to pay for associated activities, such as event/reception expenses designed to honor the scholarship awardees. 

Eligibility
Recipients must be a Hawai‘i resident and a graduate of a public or private Hawai‘i high school, enrolled full-time as upper division undergraduate students (junior or senior) and/or graduate students pursuing studies at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Criteria

  1. Academic merit as indicated by a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for upper division undergraduate students; OR minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduate students.
  2. Statement outlining progress toward their respective degree, and future career plans and goals.
  3. One letter of recommendation is required from a faculty member.

Number and Amount of Awards
The number and amount of awards shall be determined by the selection committee based on the availability of funds.  It is the donors’ intent that two $1000 awards be awarded at the undergraduate level and one $2000 award at the graduate level annually.

Selection Process
Recipients shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Director of the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology.

Deadline date for applications:  Annually in Fall semester. Upcoming date to be declared.

Please send applications to:

Dr. Jo-Ann C. Leong
HIMB Director and Professor
Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
PO Box 1346
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Telephone No: (808) 236-7401
Email: joannleo@hawaii.edu

Download the Hayashida Scholarship Details (PDF)

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Post-Doctoral and Visiting Researchers

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is a research institute of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Post-doctoral research affiliates of the UH departments of Zoology and Oceanography conduct research at HIMB in association with HIMB faculty. Post-doctoral researchers should review faculty research areas and contact individual faculty directly to inquire about potential research opportunities. Visiting researchers interested in working with HIMB faculty should access the Visitor Information page and inquire with individual faculty members directly about potential collaborations.

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