SHARP aims to cultivate the development of undergraduate and graduate scientific researchers through the following strategies:
- MENTORING: For many people who have pursued a career in professional science, their decision followed from a hands-on experience in a college research lab under the mentorship of one of their professors. Underrepresented undergraduates coming into SHARP from RISE-relevant departments will be partnered with a mentor based on the student’s research interests selected from a list of on-going research projects.
- RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP: Students will work in their mentor’s lab approximately 15 hrs/wk during the academic year and full-time during the summer. PhD students participate in SHARP activities and will be doing research throughout the program.
- RELEVANCE: Cultural relevance and sensitivity will be achieved by interaction with faculty in the Hawaiian culture program.
- CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION: Both undergraduates and PhD students will present their research results at national and international meetings and publish in scientific journals. SHARP research projects will be performed at the UHH campus.
- NETWORKING: Visits to laboratories at the UH Manoa campus and UH Cancer Center will provide motivation and create networking connections to developing careers in the biomedical sciences for the SHARP students.