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Research and Creative Projects conference features nine CTAHR students

  • 21 January 2022
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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Undergrad Showcase

Does kale grow differently on Mars? What about radishes and tomatoes?

These and other interesting questions were put forth at the 2021 Fall Undergraduate Showcase of Research and Creative Projects, held online December 10. Nine students representing four departments in CTAHR participated in the academic conference designed to highlight undergraduate research and creative work at UH Mānoa. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) competitively funds undergraduate students who propose a faculty-mentored research project.

In one project, “Farming on the Final Frontier: Space Farming with Martian Soil Simulants,” undergrad Brylin Nelson presented her findings that kale, radish, and tomato do indeed grow differently in various kinds of simulated Martian soil. This potentially provides relevant insights into environmental sustainability and food security of local crops in less-than-favorable local environments. Through the conference, undergrad Sarah-Lyn Kaeo was able to meet and present her research to U.S. Congressman Kai Kahele.

“UROP is a great opportunity for students as it allows us to gain research experience that utilizes our interests and past course work to create a unique and meaningful project,” she says.

Brent Sipes adds, “CTAHR is fortunate to have several students who have received funding to conduct research that reflects the diversity of activities in the college. These bright undergraduate students showcase the quality of students in the college and the mentorship offered by the college faculty. Many of these undergraduate students will parley their UROP experience into graduate studies at CTAHR or other universities.”

 

Student

Major

Title

Mentor

Dept

Landon Wong

TAE

Host Status of Rotylenchulus reniformis and Meloidogyne javanica on Vitex
rotundifolia
, Sida fallax, Ipomea pes-caprae brasiliensis, and Pritchardia sp.

Brent Sipes

PEPS

Brylin Nelson

TAE

Farming on the Final Frontier: Space Farming with Martian Soil Simulants

Kent Kobayashi

TPSS

Caitlyn Lee Arel Ragasa (see photo of their presentation)

Biology and Biochemistry

Characterization and Biochemistry Analyses of Local Fungal Isolates

Zhi-Yan (Rock) Du Nhu Nguyen

MBBE TPSS

Sarah-Lyn Kaeo

Human Development & Family Studies and Sociology

Practicing Advocacy Through Political and Community Engagement in Hawaiʻi: The Search for Preventative Solutions to Combat Food Insecurity

Sothy Eng Thao Le

 

FCS

Kea Kam

 

MBB

Targeting Specificity of Centromeric Retrotransposons

Gernot Presting

MBBE

Dylan Pilger

 

Biochemistry

Assessment of Resistant Starch in Fresh and Fermented Poi

Pratibha Nerurkar

MBBE

Daezon Arruda

Biology

Analysis of the Potential Antibacterial Effects of Plants Implemented in
Hawaiian Medicine

Daniel Owens

MBBE

Mitchell Marabella

 

Biology and English

The Design and Modification of Larvae Rearing Tanks for 'Opihi Settlement

Jon-Paul Bingham

 

MBBE

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