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Internships and Scholarships
for Students of Native Hawaiian Descent and Others

summer research

Above: Demographic distribution of students participating in summer research or enrichment programs (by percentage.)

Number of Chaminade students participating, by college, summer research program institutes
Baylor College of Medicine
1
Howard University
2
Johns Hopkins University
1
Loma Linda University
1
National Cancer Institute
2
New York University
3
North Carolina University
1
St Jude Children's Hospital
2
Stanford University
1
University of Arizona
1
University of California, Irvine
1
University of Charleston
1
University of Colorado, Boulder
1
University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center
12
University of Miami
3
Universit of North Carolina
1
University of Oregon
2
University of Tennessee
1
University of Texas, San Antonio
1
University of Utah
1
University of Washington
4
Yale University
3
Number of Chaminade students participating, by college, summer medical and dental program institutes
Baylor College of Mediciine
4
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
6
Duke University
1
University of Arizona
3
University of California - Los Angeles
3
University of Virginia
5
Yale University
3

Research

Internships: The Leadership Alliance

Chaminade University has been accepted as a member of the Leadership Alliance program, which is an academic consortium of over thirty institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. Our mission is to develop underrepresented students (increasing the number of Native Hawaiians eligible for research programs on the continental U.S.) into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business, and the private sector. Some of the leading institutions that are part of this alliance are listed below:

  • Brown
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Harvard
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Princeton
  • Stanford

Internships: STEM summer research

In 2003, the Chaminade Provost charged Professor Patricia Lee-Robinson, a biologist, with the task of initiating a student development and enrichment program for students who would seek to enter graduate school or professional schools in the areas of biological and health sciences. Three core activities were identified: (1) exposure of students to research internships at research intensive institutions, (2) exposure of students to pre-medical/pre-dental enrichment programs (boot-camps) to increase their career awareness, academic and personal skills, and (3) the initiation of academic support programs to facilitate the advancement and retention of our students, who may have significant gaps in preparation, in science majors and science careers.

Since 2003, Chaminade has sent 46 students on fully-funded research internships to theU.S. mainland. Also, 25 students have participated in pre-medical/dental training programs (boot-camps). Table C1 (below) summarizes the distribution of these students within research-intensive schools. The growth of interest in these programs is marked, particularly in the sciences, from 2 students in 2003 to the current 17 students for Summer 2009 of which 47% are of Native Hawaiian descent. In addition, the success of the enrichment program in biomedical sciences is having an influence on the development of similar programs in areas such as computer sciences and forensic sciences at Chaminade. Figure C2 shows the demographic distribution of students who have participated in these enrichment experiences. This striking diversity is amplified when we consider that many of our Native Hawaiian students, who are by definition of highly mixed ancestry, identify themselves within the category of ‘diverse’.

Opportunities for Native Hawaiian students

  • An undergraduate internship is offered through the Hawaiian Civic Clubs and Waianae Coast Business Center
  • Papa Ola Lokahi, the Native Hawaiian Health Care System coordinator, sponsors up to two students to serve a 6 week internship on Rarotonga each summer with the Health or Education Ministries