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Kohala Center, UCSD hook up for student opportunities


The Kohala Center has formed a partnership with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). University representatives visited the island in December to meet with Kohala Center staff and explore potential sites for a new field-based Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Program.

This island-based program is a part of UCSD’s Academic Connections. One-week sessions are planned Aug. 7–14 and Aug. 17–24.

High school students from around the country are invited to apply for these sessions, which are based on Hawaii Island.

Expert staff from UCSD and The Kohala Center will lead a group of 25 students on an exploration of the island, to learn about the remarkable ecosystems and culture of Hawaii.

Each session includes a tour of Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, a visit to the dry forest, and camping and marine science activities at Kalaemano Interpretative Center in Kaupulehu.

The application deadline is June 10.

“Never has it been so important to spark the imagination of our young students through participatory research and science,” said Dr. Edward Abeyta, director of K–16 Programs at UC San Diego (UCSD) Extension. “The goal of our program is to connect select high school students with UCSD by providing hands-on college subject matter courses. Program participation provides students with the opportunity to experience life and learning at a top-ranked research university, located in the beautiful San Diego area, or at our new location on the Island of Hawaii.”

For more information and application information, see…

The Kohala Center and UCSD have also partnered to offer a new residential scholarship opportunity for Hawaii Island high school students this summer.

Highly motivated students in grades 9–12 are invited to apply for a three-week pre-college summer academic and residential experience at UCSD.

From July 10–30, students enroll in courses taught by UCSD graduate students or work side-by-side with world-renowned UCSD researchers in their labs on specific projects. Academic Connections gives students a feel for academic life at a university and provides multiple opportunities for students to network with their peers from around the country.

For program details, visit the Academic Connections website at

UCSD and The Kohala Center are offering one full-tuition scholarship, which will provide funding for the selected recipient to attend the Academic Connections program in San Diego. The scholarship recipient must cover their own travel costs.

The application deadline is March 25.

Application materials are available at… or from The Kohala Center, 808- 887-6411.

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