University of Hawai’i Student Receive Awards at the First Annual Hawai’i Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Three students at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa received awards for their outstanding research posters at the First Annual Hawai`i Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium at the UH Manoa Campus Center. Dr. Frank Perkins, Assistant Vice-President for Research and Graduate Education, and Dr. Jeff Taylor, Director of Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium, presented the awards. The symposium was co-sponsored and organized by the Space Grant, Land Grant, Sea Grant and Marine Option Programs at the University of Hawai`i.

Photo on the right shows the first prize winner, Gregory Kodani (center), a senior in the Department of Electrical Engineering who is developing electrical and mechanical devices smaller than the width of a human hair. Standing with Greg are his mentor, Dr. Jung-Chih Chiao (left), and Space Grant Director, Dr. Jeff Taylor (rig

The second-place poster winner was Kendall Ching, a junior in Electrical Engineering working with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma on developing multi-layered integrated circuits. Leon Geschwind, a senior in Global Environmental Science, won third prize for his studies of volcanoes using satellites that measure the temperature of the Earth’s surface. Leon’s mentors are Drs. Luke Flynn and Andy Harris in the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.

Topics covered at the symposium ranged from Engineering to Biological Sciences to Physical Sciences, including studies of dark matter in the Milky Way to a swine-effluent irrigation system on the Big Island. Dr. Perkins congratulated all of the UH Manoa and Hilo students on the excellence of their research posters, thanked the organizers of the symposium, and expressed encouragement to UH Community College students to participate next year.

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