2018 Summer AgDiscovery Program

This program is for students ages 14-17 who are interested in the agricultural sciences. If selected, students have an amazing experience ahead of them (e.g., staying at the UH Mānoa Campus and the chance to explore agriculture through hands-on activities throughout Oahu Island). The Program covers plant science, horticulture, entomology, wildlife sciences, veterinary sciences, traditional agriculture, dog detection, and more!
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USDA University of Hawai’i at Mānoa AgDiscovery Poster 2018

“[Twenty-two] universities across the nation are offering this AgDiscovery program. Each university’s AgDiscovery program focuses on a specific area of interest to our Nation’s agriculture, such as plant health, entomology, veterinary science, animal care, biotechnology, food science, and agribusiness.” Be sure to apply to the program that is of most interest to you. Please note different programs have different dates throughout the summer.
USDA AgDiscovery 2018 Brochure

The AgDiscovery 2018 summer program is FREE. Tuition, room and board, lab supplies, meals, and activity fees will be covered by APHIS. Please note that students selected for the program are responsible for costs that may be associated with traveling to the university campus on opening day and returning home at the conclusion of the program on closing day.

Online applications is the preferred method. Go to this link: 2018 AgDiscovery online application
Application package details and guidelines on essay topic and letters of recommendation are at the end of the above booklet. Then, follow these steps to apply online:

  1. Create a user account.
  2. Submit your application and your essay through the user account.
  3. Send requests for letters of recommendation to three people who are not
    related to you. You will send these through your user account. Once the
    recommender completes the recommendation online, it will be routed to
    your account and included with your application.
  4. Check the status of your application at any time. You’ll be able to verify that
    your application and recommendation letters have been submitted.

Paper applications may also be submitted by mail: USDA 2018 AgDiscovery Application plus hints

Application deadline: March 12, 2018

Go to the link for a video on YouTube that describes AgDiscovery: AgDiscovery Program

For more information on the UH Manoa program:
Erin Foley, Hawai’i AgDiscovery Recruitment Chair 2018
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist/Pest Identification
Honolulu Plant Inspection Station
300 Rodgers Blvd. #58
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 834-3240
Fax: (808) 861-8500
email: <erin.k.foley@aphis.usda.gov>

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2018 LEI Progam Applications Open

Applications for the 2018 LEI (Leadership Exploration Inspiration) event now available online.
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Hawaii Island LEI Student Application 2018

Event dates: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (1:30pm) to Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (noon)
Application Deadline:  February 9, 2017.

This is ClimbHI’s 7th annual event for Hawai’i Island students. It is a Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)-sponsored workforce development project to “inspire Hawai‘i’s youth to select careers in the Hawai‘i visitor industry by providing [students] with the necessary means to achieve success.”

View this short video to get a glimpse of the program: The LEI Experience

For more information:
Julie Morikawa,President
email: Julie@climbhi.org
Tel: 808-­‐206-­‐2853.

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Host Families Wanted

UH Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is seeking host families within the North Hawai`i community for four medical residents for upcoming OB (obstetrical) rotations in Waimea.
Host Family Flyer

The residents are scheduled to arrive beginning February 26 through April 22 for two-week blocks on these days (arrive on Mondays and depart on Sundays):

  • 2/26-3/11: D. H., DO (male)
  • 3/12-3/25: K. R., MD (female)
  • 3/26-4/8: W. Y., MD (male)
  • 4/9-4/22: M. B., MD (female)

Host receive a stipend of $250 for each resident.

For more information:
Rhonda Roldan, Rural Health Coordinator
Hawai’i/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center
University of Hawai’i, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Email: rhondaro@hawaii.edu
Office: (808) 692-1068

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2018 West Hawai`i Science Fair

Mark your calendars: The 2018 West Hawai`i Science Fair has been set for February 16 and 17, 2018.

“Science/Engineering Fair remains one of the nation’s best opportunities for students to develop and show case their 21st century skills in inquiry, technical capacity, and communication.” This event is open to all students in middle and high schools. Top judged projects will advance to the 61st Hawaii Science & Engineering Fair on Oahu.

Other Science Fair activities include a STEM lecture series, tours of energy and aquaculture facilities at NELHA, and a Maker Showcase where students can share their design and creations.

  • Venue: NELHA (Natural Energy Lab of Hawai`i Authority), Hale Iako Building
  • Dates & times:
    February 16 (Friday): Noon to 3 pm, Open Poster Session
    February 17 (Saturday): 8 am to 2 pm, West Hawai1i Science Fair

2018 West Hawaii Science Fair

For more information on school and sutdent participation:
Justin Brown: BrownJ@khswaverider.k12.hi.us
Contact if you are interested in volunteering for the event:
Keith Olson: keith.olson@hawaii.gov

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2018 Pele Awards

The Pele Awards, sponsored by the Hawaii Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, honors and awards the best in advertising, graphics and the like at the professional and college levels. Starting 2018, the high school level is being included in limited categories. Please visit their website for more information: The Pele Awards

Entries for the 2018 Pele Awards now open. The theme is A Pele Love Story
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Visual Arts (CTE and Fine Arts) teachers are encouraged to submit their top student work (including yearbook work) to this prestigious event.

Cost: $5.00 per entry (please note that Perkins fund cannot be used for this cost!) 
Deadline: February 5, 2018
Entry pouches will be available through your school Career and Technical Education coordinator.

For more information:
Patricia Beardeaux, Career & Technical Education Resource Teacher
Hawaii State Department of Education
475 22nd Avenue, Room 215
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone: 808-305-9707
Facsimile: 808-735-8227

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2018 Hawai`i Island Youth Ranger Program

The Hawaii Island Youth Ranger Internship Program returns for the summer of 2018! This is a great opportunity for our youth to have hands-on experience in the five national parks on Hawaii Island.
The program begins with eight two-hour training sessions held over eight weeks at local schools in the districts served (e.g., Kealakehe or Konawaena High Schools). Participants are trained in park resources, the mission and history of the NPS and professional skills including financial awareness and public speaking.  Successful trainees are encouraged to apply for jobs in the interpretation division and are selected for employment at one of the five Hawaii Island National Park Services (NPS) units. At the end of the 8-week summer employment opportunity, top youth are often retained through park funding and some move on to temporary or permanent positions with the NPS.

Please see the attached flyer about how to apply. 2018 YIP Flyer WEST Hawaii

Application deadline: January 10, 2018.

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2018 Akamai Workforce Initiative Program Open for Applications

It’s Back!
“The Akamai Internship Program offers college students from Hawai‘i an opportunity to gain a summer work experience at an observatory, company or scientific/technical facility in Hawai‘i in an 8-week program. The program has placements for students from community colleges and four-year universities from a wide range of majors. Recent graduates are also eligible.”
2018 Akamai Summer program

Go to this link for details and application form: 2018 Akamai Summer Program

Applications are due February 14, 2018.
The Akamai 2018 Program dates are from Saturday, June 16 through Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

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