Education and Workforce Development

This program is a highly collaborative and strategic statewide approach to promote data literacy and access to data-science approaches through a portfolio of multi-modal education and training programs with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion focus. The objectives of this program are four-fold:

  • Develop and curate formal and informal Data Science (DS) curriculum resources within and across institutions statewide.
  • Support interdisciplinary training through inclusive fellowship and Data Fellows program.
  • Support DS participation and workforce development through training and internship programs.
  • Support academic workforce development and research competitiveness through early career faculty hires and faculty/postdoctoral professional development.

Graduate Fellows Program

The Hawaiʻi Data Science Institute established the HI-DSI Data Fellows (DF) program. This program supports graduate research fellows from various computational and non-computational disciplines to work on domain science problems through data science approaches. The HI-DSI DF program currently comprises research fellows

Change HI supports interdisciplinary training in Climate and Data Sciences by integrating additional graduate Data Integrated with Science of Climate (DISC) data fellows to this program. Through a RadGrad portfolio platform, students assemble a portfolio, learn about career goals, courses, develop a holistic degree plan containing synergistic curricular and extracurricular activities, and evaluate their own progress via game mechanics.

Undergraduate Summer Programs

Change HI supports undergraduate summer programs at three campuses. Students learn hands-on and build essential data science skills.

University Of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The Data Integrated with Science of Climate (DISC) program is a 10-week immersion program for undergraduate students from climate science, data science and computer science majors. Students will be teamed with data/climate faculty mentors and identify and implement a project that applies to a data science and climate science question. Training elements will include processing data, data analytics and visualization, and a capstone presentation.

University Of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

The UH Hilo Summer Scholars (UHHSS) program is a cross-disciplinary undergraduate student program that connects climate, social and data science research. This program emphasizes collaborative and wet and dry lab experiences. Research areas include coral biology and artificial intelligence-based photogrammetric image analytics. 

Chaminade University of Honolulu

The Supporting Pacific Impact Computational Excellence (SPICE) program is a 4-week online cross-institutional undergraduate summer program offered at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Students will build basic data science skills, conduct a mentored research project and participate in weekly cultural and place-based virtual field trips.  


Internships & Training

Change HI has a variety of opportunities for furthering education through internships, data science training, and mentoring and professional development.

Internships

The Change HI internship program are paid internships in partnership with local employers offered to undergraduate students at UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, and Chaminade University.

Data science training

Change HI offers data science training and certifications for workforce development. Offered in partnership with UH Mānoa and Chaminade University, this training program combines online, self-paced modules to develop data science skills with guidance, support and community.

Mentoring & Professional Development

In partnership with the Center for Integrative Knowledge Systems Kulana Noʻi Program, Change HI offers specific training and professional development activities focused on early career scientists to provide guidance for working relationships between communities and researchers.


Education and Workforce Development Team

Phil Johnson

Co-PI (Education)

Data Fellows Program

UH Mānoa

Helen Turner

Co-PI (DEI)

SPICE Program

Chaminade University

Jason Leigh

Co-PI (Data Science)

DISC Program

UH Mānoa

Tom Giambelluca

Co-PI (Climate Science)

DISC Program

UH Mānoa

Alex Stokes

Data Fellows Undergraduate Program

UH Mānoa

Rylan Chong

SPICE Program

East-West Center

Laura Tipton

SPICE Program

Chaminade University

John Burns
John Burns

UHHSS Program

UH Hilo

Travis Mandel

UHHSS Program

UH Hilo

Sukhwa Hong
Sukhwa Hong

UHHSS Program

UH Hilo