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-- 2020 --

- May 28, 2020 -
UH Awarded $500K from NASA to Develop Small-satellite Educational Kits
The Artemis CubeSat Kit kick-off meeting with faculty, staff and students.
The Artemis CubeSat Kit kick-off meeting with faculty, staff, and students.

In a bold new initiative to inspire the next generation, NASA has awarded $2.4 million to six universities, including the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, as part of its Artemis Student Challenges–NASA STEM Engagement. UH Mānoa received an Artemis Core Technologies Award of $500,000 to create an affordable 1U CubeSat kit, which will help develop a robust aerospace program starting at the undergraduate level, including hardware, software, and an online lab course. HIGP faculty member and HSGC Associate Director, Dr. Frances (Frankie) Zhu, is leading the UH team involving HIGP and Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, including Dr. Miguel Nunes, Amber Imai-Hong, Kasey Hagi, and Josef Ben Gershom. Undergraduate students will help develop all aspects of the project under the guidance of HSFL engineers, and will have paid internship positions. Read more at UH News and the NASA Press Release.

- April 17, 2020 -
Spring 2020 Student Symposium Booklet
Spring 2020 symposium booklet. Read the Spring 2020 Symposium Booklet showcasing HSGC University Research Internships (HSGC URI, known through this Spring semester as Fellowships and Traineeships).

- April 16, 2020 -
NASA Undergrad Internships Provide Research Opportunities
UH News story. UH News published a story on our HSGC University Research Internships (HSGC URI, known through this Spring semester as Fellowships and Traineeships) and highlighted Spring 2020 HSGC URI Research Student/Fellow Kayli Chun. Read Sarah Hendrix's story at UH News.

- January 2020 -
Students are reminded that information about undergraduate fellowships and traineeships is available on our HSGC URI page. Note that Fellowships and Traineeships will be getting a new name this year: HSGC University Research Internships (HSGC URI).

-- 2019 --

- November, 2019 -
It Is Rocket Science
IMUA 6. The Fall 2019 issue of the UH Magazine for Alumni and Friends, published by the UH Foundation, highlighted news of the rocket Project Imua Mission 6 team. Co-captains, from left to right, Mia Fong (HCC) and Katherine Bronson (WCC and UH Mānoa) were pictured along with a writeup of the team's accomplishments at the 2019 NASA student launch competition. Read the Fall 2019 UH Magazine. Photo credit: David Croxford.

- August 1, 2019 -
Undergraduate Project Announcement
Spring 2016 Space Grant Fellow, Aleca Borsuk's plant project. Dr. Kent Kobayashi, Associate Professor in the Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is seeking an undergraduate student for a HSGC Fellowship.
Brief Description of Available Projects: Horticulture
NASA is keenly interested in and has been conducting research on growing crops in space and on Mars as a source of food for astronauts. One proposed project involves growing crops under different kinds of artificial lighting. It offers a choice of working in several research areas: 1) Comparing the effectiveness of fluorescent lighting and light-emitting diode (LED) lighting; 2) Comparing the effectiveness of different kinds of LED lighting; and 3) Growing different kinds of crops.
The second proposed project involves growing crops in different kinds of Martian "simulated" soils. It offers a choice of working in several research areas: 1) comparing the effects of different "simulated" Martian soils; 2) comparing the effects of different "simulated" Martian soil formulations; and 3) growing different kinds of crops. The aim of the projects is to provide the student with research and learning opportunities related to space biology, plant physiology, and horticulture. It is anticipated that results from the projects would provide information on the effects of light quality or different "simulated" Martian soil components on crop growth and the use of alternative crops in space. Qualified students should have an interest and background knowledge in botany or horticulture.
See the related UH News Story and video How Bright is the Future of Space Food? highlighting a former Space Grant Fellow's work with Dr. Kobayashi.
Contact information for Dr. Kobayashi:
Phone: (808) 956-7876, email: kentko@hawaii.edu
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- March 28, 2019 -
Undergraduate Emma Hon is Selected as 2019 LPI Summer Intern
LPI summer intern flyer. UH Mānoa Geology and Geophysics junior and HSGC Spring 2019 Fellow, Emma Hon (former HSGC trainee F2017-S2018), has been selected as one of 15 undergraduate students by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, TX for the 2019 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science. The LPI's highly competitive intern program offers undergraduates the opportunity to experience cutting-edge research in lunar and planetary science for 10 weeks, working one-on-one with scientists at the LPI and the NASA Johnson Space Center on a project of current interest in planetary science. Read the announcement from LPI. Congratulations!

January 2019 -
Download the Newsletter Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium newsletter: Nā Huaka‘i translates to The Voyages and reflects our united voyages in education, research, and service. Read it here. Copies are also available in the Space Grant offices.

- January 26, 2019 -
Astronaut Ellison Onizuka portrait. Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is proud to support the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day in Hilo honoring Hawaii's native son. Co-sponsors are the American Savings Bank, The Onizuka Memorial Committee, the Onizuka family, the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo (UHH), ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and KTA Super Stores. This year's event, the 19th annual, gives tribute to Hawaii's first astronaut and to the crew of the last flight of the Space Shuttle, Challenger on January 28, 1986. The day features 18 science workshops, displays by organizations and companies, and a special keynote address by a NASA Astronaut. The day's closing assembly will feature a volcano update and special door prizes provided by Claude Onizuka.

- January 7, 2019 -
Students are reminded that information about undergraduate fellowships and traineeships are available on our Fellowships and Traineeships page.

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