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Pia Untalan Olafson

04.27.16

Molecular biologist studying blood-feeding arthropods. Mom. Texas transplant.”  If you’d shown me this byline 25 years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined it was describing my future self...and it all stems from an application I submitted to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Research Fellowship during my second year as an undergraduate at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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04/29/2016 at 7:24am

Lisa A. Privitera

01.28.16

I learned how to SCUBA dive at the age of 14, and made my first “open-water” dive in a cold, dark quarry in Ontario, Canada.  I think I saw two fish; however, this experience sparked my interest in marine biology, and my desire to study in warmer waters, so I began my college education in Florida with the intention of pursuing a career in marine biology.

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02/16/2016 at 12:04pm

Mark Reynolds

12.23.15

I finished high school knowing what I wanted to do as a career. I wanted to pursue dentistry, I just wasn’t sure which route I was going to take to get there.  A native Coloradoan, I had always fantasized about the ocean and everything one can think about it; the sun, the fish, surfing, scuba.

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01/12/2016 at 11:48am

Chela Zabin

10.13.15

In 2005, while I was writing the last bits of my dissertation at UH, a job offer from the Smithsonian arrived in my email inbox.  It was an opportunity to continue to do research on invasive marine species, work with some of the top people in the field of invasion biology, and help to develop a laboratory based in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

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11/03/2015 at 7:46am

Catherine Tsang

09.24.15

Aloha.  My name is Catherine Tsang and I am a Family Physician.  My interest in medicine began with my parents who are registered nurses. 

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12/10/2015 at 10:57am

Remington Poulin

09.15.15

The opportunity to see many of the animals in their native environment, in addition to dissecting them, was an opportunity that few others around the world would get, and looking back at my time at UH, it is one of the unique opportunities that enhanced my education the most.

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11/02/2015 at 12:25pm

Jordan Wang

09.09.15

There is something incredibly satisfying in helping others achieve their goals whether it be learning how to make a layup in basketball, figuring out the SN1 and SN2 substitution mechanisms of organic chemistry, or gaining admittance to medical school.

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09/17/2015 at 11:22am

Jessica Bartlett

07.08.15

The first time I visited the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, I was a junior in high school.  Exploring my future college options, my family took a vacation to Oahu to check out the university.

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07/08/2015 at 1:55pm

Van Velasco

01.26.15

Five years ago at this time of the morning I would have been putting on a lab apron, layers of nitrile gloves, protective sleeves, and grabbing a bottle of EtOH (ethanol) to sterilize my workspace.

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01/26/2015 at 3:14pm

Danielle Jayewardene, Ph.D.

12.17.14

The year was 2000 and I had a freshly earned biology undergraduate degree in hand from the University of London (King’s College London), but with no idea as to what I wanted to do in life. 

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