Student Research Symposium

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This online collection holds presentations showcasing student knowledge from the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu in the art of research methodology, scientific reasoning, and giving skillful presentations.

The symposium's primary aim is to provide an opportunity for practice-based education through presentations on a variety of research topics, including: research methods, education, justice, and STEM-related fields. Ultimately, the goal of these symposiums is to increase the number of UH West O’ahu students with research presentation experience while demonstrating diversity in the field of research.

For more information, please contact Dr. Camonia Graham-Tutt.


Recent Submissions

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    Alcohol and Drug Addiction
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-03) Walcott, Erica
    Disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians contribute to the ongoing addiction problem in Hawaii. • People who suffer from historic trauma, which results in various social disadvantages are likely to suffer with addiction. •Purpose of this research is to bring awareness to the addiction problem present in Hawaii and why cultural healing is imperative in treating patients who suffer from both historical trauma and addiction.
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    Covid-19 on Island and Rural Communities
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-11) Uyemura, Mia
    The COVID-19 virus is clearly evident in island states, countries, and rural communities. To understand a virus, like COVID-19, effects on such isolated destinations secondary data is used to identify determinants of community spread and economic damage. Through secondary data both qualitative and quantitative data is collected as reasoning why the virus is highly dangerous for island and rural communities. Hawaii COVID-19 cases counts are used to show the difference of cases between the different Hawaiian Islands as well as the ethic groups who make up most of the newly delta variant cases. Through the different sources were a mix of locations, but the populations are majority within the Polynesian islands. Therefore, the factor of culture must be identified as a determinant. Culture defines one’s lifestyle and perspective. In addition, the factor of very limited sources is also concluded as a determinant, meaning fewer hospitals, staff and other medical facilities. With a disease spread within such communities, before the vaccine, state and country shutdowns had to occur. Causing a stop in the economy and a decrease in tourism. Of course, the COVID-19 is deadly wherever it is present, but safety measures should be taken in island and rural areas no matter if they’re so called isolated from the rest of the world.
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    Recidivism in Hawaii for Foster Care
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-03) Aea, Daisha-Ann
    This study was based on an exploratory research approach using a mixture of scholarly and peer reviews articles, including one field study. The articles that were chosen for this research project was used to research if my hypotheses were accurate. My independent variable was living environment, mental health, and finances. My dependent variable was maltreatment, substance abuse and domestic violence (DV).
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    Social Media Takeover!!
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-03) Simpson, Gladys
    Over time, social media has changed how we interact socially with each other. So how has that affected us? • In 2020, Americans spent more than 1,300 hours on social media. That comes to 58 minutes on social media or 325 hours a year. Social media use went from 5% in 2005 to 72% by 2021. In fact, 7 out of 10 Americans use social media. These numbers show how much social media has changed the way we socialize these days, and it just keeps climbing.
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    Spinal Cord and Neurological Injury Wellness Clinic
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-03) Estabillo, Francis
    To determine if the State of Hawaii is a suitable location for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Neurological injury wellness clinic and whether a project of this scale would benefit the community at large.
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    The Effects of Sports on Student Academic Performance
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-11) Sapolu, Christina
    By using exploratory research I can investigate school performance of students who incorporate sports into their everyday lives. The independent variable would be a student’s participation in sports or lack thereof and the dependent variable being the student’s GPA. Thus, with the use of a survey I can measure students GPA’s in relaAons to sports in kids ranging from middle school to high school.
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    Homelessness in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-03) Russell, Traci
    Exploratory research on factors regarding homeless individuals in Hawaii: single person vs. family; length of being homeless; working status; housing preference. Demand for affordable housing outweighs the supply. • Purpose: Determine if homeless individuals utilize resources to resolve their current situation. • Research Question: What are the main factors into why a person is homeless? How can we help? • Interviewed members of the City and County of Hawaii, Stored Property Oridance section. Purpose of this section is to assist HPD and other County departments with removal of homeless individual’s property during enforcement of city park closure rules and sidewalk nuisance enforcement. Corporal Leland Cadoy, HPD officer assigned to SPO section. Ken Shimizu, City and County of Honolulu, SPO supervisor
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    A Navigation Theory of Intelligence For an Ethical, Data Governed Future
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-11) King, Harvy
    Forecasts for the future of our modern world have positioned data as the keystone of our advancing civilization for some time. This has slowly materialized as data governance structures have made their way into managing the decision making of parts of our economic, social, and criminal justice systems. As the validity of mass media has fractured public trust due to false information, can existing data governance structures inherently offer the general public security over our public and private information?
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    Gentrification in Brooklyn
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-03) Cameron, Yasmine
    The purpose of this research is to find out the effects of gentrification on the affordable housing market for the residents of Brooklyn, NY. I will be researching why there has been a decrease in affordable housing for Brooklyn residents. In my research I will utilize quantitative data and secondary data from my online data collection. From my research I aim to find how gentrification has affected the affordability of housing in Brooklyn, NY.
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    Hawaii’s Houseless: A Public Problem
    (University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu, 2022-11) Bekgran, Jasmine
    Hawaii is currently facing one of the worst Homeless epidemics in the country with the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the nation. This was an exploratory research project using scholarly articles from multiple sources to understand the perceived causes of homelessness and possible solutions.