KAHULUI - University of Hawaii Maui College students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or related fields within a Hawaiian studies and cultural context can now apply for performance-based incentives through the Kahikina O Ka La program.
Kahikina O Ka La combines STEM-related curricula with traditional Hawaiian cultural knowledge and will develop programs to assist students of all levels and also provide instructional opportunities for teachers and community leaders.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, approximately 60 students in STEM-related fields will participate in the program. Applicants will be ranked on preference using multiple criteria such as grade-point average, course units completed, and academic interests and goals. Students will receive continuous academic support through program counselors and an annual performance-based stipend award of $3,500 or $5,000.
"Kahikina O Ka La is committed to guiding UH-MC students to careers and leadership roles both locally and on a global stage," said Damien K. Cie, project director for Kahikina O Ka La.
More than 15 different STEM-related programs offered at UH-MC are eligible for this initiative.
The Kahikina O Ka La program is funded through the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope Mitigation Initiative awarded by the National Science Foundation.
For more information about the Kahikina O Ka La program, call 984-3543 or email email@example.com.