Undergraduate research is an important part of the STEM curriculum within many tribal and Native serving colleges. The opportunity to conduct original research strengthens learning and increases student interest in STEM disciplines. Additionally, research projects devised by students often focus on the needs of their own communities and frequently honor traditional values and unique cultural knowledge, producing innovative projects and new approaches to scholarship.
To highlight and support this work, Native Science Report sponsors an annual Student Research Showcase. From the 2019-2020 academic year, four submissions were chosen for publication. This year’s awardees include:
Kimberlee Blevins, a recent graduate of United Tribes Technical College, for her paper, Emergence of Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee (Megachile rotundata) Under Varying Oxygen Levels;
Sydney Millerd, a senior at the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu, for her paper, Analyzing the Suitability of Mokauea Loko Iʻa Water Temperature & Salinity for Water Restoration Via Oysters;
K’Lona J. Lofton, a student at United Tribes Technical College, for her paper, Influence of Diet of the Red Wiggler Earthworm (Eisenia fetida) on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK) Nutrients, Organic Matter, and Carbon: Nitrogen (C:N) Ratio within the Vermicompost Casts;
Kapi‘olani Community College student Nikki Arakawa, for her poster presentation, Distributed Sensors and Control Systems for Mushroom Farming Optimization;
University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu students Diana Le and Pashyn Morimoto, and faculty advisor Bradley O. Ashburn, for their paper, Lipophilicity Determination of Energy-Enhancing, Nootropic Supplements.
Congratulations to all who contributed to this year’s showcase. Papers will be published incrementally during the summer of 2020 and the 2020-2021 fall term.