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Annie Do

03.29.19

Biology was never my forte. In high school, I was exceptionally average in my biology courses. It was with great ambition and bravery that I decided to make it my primary major entering college and I can say that the program at UH Manoa challenged me in many ways. If not for this challenge, I would not have the career opportunities I currently have. I had always had a passion for helping people and decided that working in healthcare would be my ultimate career goal. My intent was to gather the educational background needed to prepare for a career in medicine.

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06/27/2019 at 1:57pm

Lynn Luu

03.04.19

My time as a UH Manoa student prepared me immensely for my future life because I was compelled to broaden my horizons through clubs, community service, and research. At first, I did not know what I wanted to do as my career goal other than the fact that I leaned towards health sciences such as the pre-medical and pre-pharmacy route.

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06/27/2019 at 1:58pm

Yuuki Niimi

01.31.19

Seems like my life in Hawaii was a long time ago. My name is Yuuki Justin Niimi and I am currently doing my Masters in Ocean Science at University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Living in UK is a whole new world for me: from the typical English accent to the lovely tea drinking culture, I personally think I made a great choice trying to study away from home. Currently, I am starting to write my proposal for my deep-sea taxonomy project. Overall, I am really lucky to study in Southampton since it has the National Oceanography Center. Many well-known oceanography scientists from UK come here to do research, which makes it a great place to meet scientists from similar fields. I am thankful for my experience and support UH gave me for me to be the person who I am.

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06/27/2019 at 1:59pm

Amber Noguchi

08.06.18

Aloha! My name is Amber and I am a proud Biology graduate from the Class of 2004. One of my lifelong goals has always been to come home and serve my community. After living on the continent for almost a decade and traveling around the world, I am happy to be back at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) as an Academic Advisor in the College of Natural Sciences.

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06/27/2019 at 2:01pm

Hae Jin (Esther) Yi

04.04.18

Although I was born in New York, I have grown up in Hawaii since the age of 6 and proudly consider it to be my home. Looking back, I realize that my upbringing within the culture of Hawaii combined with my education at UH Manoa, has played an incredibly large role in the development of my appreciation for cultural diversity, nature, art, and the sciences.

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06/27/2019 at 2:01pm

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

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