This year’s Na Liko Na’auao: Chaminade University’s Celebration of Student Scholarship, held on April 8 at the Clarence T. C. Ching Conference Center, featured the work of 75 students with 52 exhibits consisting of posters, portfolios, project presentations and art pieces.
Exhibits came in the form of posters, portfolios, research projects and artwork and spanned a wide spectrum of disciplines from all divisions (Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Business and Communications, and Nursing).
This was the 14th year that Chaminade University celebrated the scholarship of its day undergraduate students, who presented work either as individuals or in teams. The scholarship had to have been done by students in fall 2015 or completed by the end of spring 2016. Many of the students had also participated in national conferences.
Students dressed in business attire stood next to their presentations ready to expound enthusiastically on various disciplines. Decked in purple orchid lei, they brightened as people asked about their work. Faculty, staff and students toured the presentations in the crowded room. The conversations were detailed and full of excitement. Students and faculty discussed the intricacies of research as colleagues with faculty mentors especially proud of their students. This year 24 mentors had motivated, guided and inspired their students with their projects.
Towards the end of the event, the faculty member selected for Chaminade University’s 2016 Outstanding Mentor Award was announced. Claire Wright, PhD, received the honor. Chaminade student, Sheryl Anne Vermudez, a biology major and Dr. Wright’s mentee, had made the nomination.
Student presenters then received their certificates of recognition, and faculty mentors were again thanked for their invaluable help.
Associate Provost and Director of the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research Patti Lee-Robinson and the late Henry Gomes, director for Native Hawaiian Partnerships at Chaminade, founded the event as an opportunity for the exchange of research ideas, an opportunity for students “to bud with new knowledge.”