Two community college standouts take first place at National Science Conference. Bryson Racoma and Melanie Keliipuleole brought home top honors at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math held from February 19-21 in Washington D.C. Our students prevailed against entries from four-year colleges and research universities. Racoma’s poster ‘NASA Simulation of an Autonomous Payload’ (Faculty advisor: Dr. Hervé Collin) won in the Engineering category while Keliipuleole’s poster on the Hawaiian Shingle Sea Urchin (Faculty advisor: MacKenzie Manning) beat out all other presentations in the Genetics field.
The ERN Conference in STEM targets graduate and undergraduate students participating in programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD). Both William Kaeo III and Bryson Racoma received scholarships to attend this year’s forum. Will punched his ticket on the strength of his presentation entitled ‘Forward Kinematics Analysis and Design of a Hexapodal Locomotion Robot’ (Faculty advisor: Dr. Aaron Hanai). Also selected to attend was Jennifer Wong-Ala for her research on the effects of Agriculture on the nutrient cycle of streams (Faculty advisor: Dr. Aaron Stoler). Congratulations to all of our hard working students and their dedicated