Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) for American Indian and Alaska Native Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Engagement


Honua Scholars is partnering with the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to bring research and mentorship opportunities to Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii. Recruitment for this program is focused towards Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who are interested in geophysics, planetology, and/or lunar science. In the past, Hawaii has been frequently used as an analog for moon exploration, but through this partnership, we are providing the opportunity for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to build bridges to engage in lunar science. 

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Openings and Application (Positions are immediately available)

We are currently seeking undergraduates to participate in research through this program! We are looking for students to start as soon as they are available. Students in this program will be paired with researchers at the University of Hawaii to complete projects that may result in publications and/or conference presentations. Students will also be trained in planetary data science techniques and will be trained in ArcGIS and CraterTools, useful to future careers as an environmental scientist, geologist, and/or conservationist among many more. As part of this program, students will receive FREE conference travel (subject to availability) and a paid research position ($15.50/hr). 



Click Here to Apply Today!!! 

(Applications will be considered on a rolling basis untill all positions are filled. Applications will be followed with a short interview. 

Please submit by February 15 for first-round consideration and an opportunity to travel to the Lunar Planetary Science Conference in March 2023)

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