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Support from donors unleashes the incredible potential of a brilliant researcher. It is the partnership between donor, faculty, and students that creates new knowledge and transforms lives in Hawaiʻi and the world.

Each day, hundreds of faculty members and students throughout the state are engaged in groundbreaking research in areas as diverse as astronomy, cancer studies, teacher training and education, ethnic and cultural studies, government and public policies, ocean and earth science, international relations, high technology development, and business development in general.

In an increasingly competitive world, universities cannot rely solely on government funding to support research. It is the investment and vision of private donors that fuels the groundbreaking stages of research – research that may then be supported by government funding.

Undergrad readies for takeoff

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program presents the Douglas S. Yamamura Scholarship each year to up to two outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in any field of study who are engaged in UROP-funded research and creative work projects.

The gift of finding a career

His experience as a grad student at SOEST was the beginning of a life of exploration and travel, and his gratitude for the help and opportunities given to him at UH inspired a recent gift to SOEST.

Indigenous Innovation to create (K)new Futures

Nine students from 4 UH campuses completed the inaugural cohort of the University of Hawaiʻi’s (K)new Futures Challenge this April.

Love is for the Birds

During a long flight from Hawai‘i, Dr. Linday Young and 1996 ARCS Scholar Dr. Eric VanderWerf began talking about how environmental scientists could work in ways that complement governmental agencies.

Hawai‘i educator honors wife with support for Cancer Center

“Anyone who has ever lost someone they love to this disease knows the toll it takes on survivors. You never forget the one you love, and they always remain with you.”

Hamilton Library research room named in honor of Chinese leaders

The Asia Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hamilton Library is now home to the Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching Ling Research Room, dedicated on Sun Yat-sen’s 153rd birthday, November 12, 2019.

Educator Fortifies Arts and Cancer Research

Through her philanthropy, she continues to influence patrons and performers. Nichols bequeathed a portion of her estate to establish the Norma Bird Nichols, PhD Asian Theatre Endowment Fund.

Gift Endows ARCS Advancing Science Awards

A $500,000 gift from a woman who never lost her love of learning will generate ARCS Scholar Awards in perpetuity in oceanography and other fields at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Hilo in her DNA

Time magazine named Dr. Jennifer Doudna one of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

Rolling Stone included her in its Women Shaping the Future issue, saying she helped make a discovery “that could change life on Earth.”

Learning by Doing

Undergraduate students got hands-on experience in community engagement at Lyon Arboretum as part of UH Mānoa’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

Sending grad students into the blue

The Peter Castro HIMB Graduate Student Travel Support Endowed Fund will subsidize graduate students’ travel to conferences abroad so future researchers will have opportunities Castro missed.

Oceanography Researcher is Hooked on Whale Bones

For UH Mānoa doctoral student Emily Young, whales become most interesting when they die, sinking to the ocean floor to become food for thousands of animals.