High School and Undergraduate Opportunities in Research


The John A. Burns School of Medicine encourages and supports high school and undergraduate students to be actively engaged in research. We have multiple formal programs that support student researchers as they develop their own projects. We also have faculty mentors who can guide students interested in research similar to their own research foci. We encourage you to take the first step and find out more about our programs and faculty research projects.



Hawaiʻi Pre-Health Career Corps

The Hawaiʻi Pre-Health Career Corps (PHCC) is a free year-round program for high school and college students who are interested in pursuing careers in health.  Its purpose is to increase awareness about health careers by providing mentoring, physician shadowing, and research experiences. Workshops for SAT preparation and other college career guidance is also provided. Dr. Kelley Withy leads this initiative out of the Hawaiʻi/Pacific Basic Area Health Education Center.

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Contact: Jolene Muneno | phcc@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1062



IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

The mission of INBRE is to involve students in biomedical research from the beginning of their college experience. INBRE is a statewide program involving most of our undergraduate-based institutions and nearly all of our community colleges. Biomedical research across the state includes: Cancer research, Neuroscience research, Immune System research, Natural Product Development, Drug Development, Toxicology, Parasitology, Virology, Cell Stress, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Monoclonal Antibody Production. Contact your INBRE campus coordinator. For a listing of campus coordinators and a description of each research site, visit the Student Research Experience page.

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Contact: Dr. Robert Nichols | robert.nichols@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1568


Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT)
The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program, based in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology, provides exciting opportunities for UH Manoa students to perform research projects in international locations. Program benefits include: quality experience in research, roundtrip airfare and paid living expenses abroad, life changing research and cultural experience, and the opportunity to earn up to 10 credits of directed research courses.

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Contact: Dr. Vivek Nerurkar | nerurkar@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1668
Dr. Diane Taylor | dwtaylor@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1608



Native Hawaiian Health Summer Research Internship Program
The Department of Native Hawaiian Health’s Summer Research Internship (SRI) Program provides a limited number of college and university students the opportunity to participate in a clinical, community-based, or translational research study, and a medical curriculum organized by the Research Division of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health. Interns present their work at a poster symposium at the end of the summer.

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Contact: 808-692-1078 | dnhhsri@hawaii.edu



The Queen’s Medical Center Summer Research Internship
This summer program is a collaborative partnership between The Queen’s Medical Center, Office of Research & Development and the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Native Hawaiian Health. Summer Interns under the guidance of faculty mentors develop research questions about pressing health concerns in Hawaii and use registry and databases to find answers to their questions. Their work helps to improve the health of our local citizens.

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Contact: Dr. Todd Seto | SRI@queens.org | (808) 691-4843


STEP-UP Program
The highly competitive STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experiences for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers. In addition to mentoring and other perks, students receive an all-paid trip to the National Institutes of Health’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland to present their work. Dr. George Hui leds the Pacific STEP-UP program inspiring students from American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

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Contact: Dr. George Hui | ghui@hawaii.edu | (808) 692-1609