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Haumana 'O Pasifika Program

The Haumana 'O Pasifika Program

The Haumana 'O Pasifika Program is designed to encourage and enable research and career development opportunities for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHPI) in order to train future members of Utah’s scientific & medical community. Selected applicants will be paired with scientific mentors and cultural mentors who are leaders in the field or community, respectively.

We have initiated paid research internship programs that will provide research opportunities, clinical shadowing experience, career development opportunities, and community outreach involvement. Haumana Scholars will attend weekly seminars in order to: 1) increase exposure to the breadth of the scientific research community; 2) enhance career development and networking opportunities and; 3) enhance the trainee's skills in scientific communication

The Haumana O' Pasifika Program exists in two formats:

  • We offer a 10-week, research intensive summer program for undergraduate students and research graduate students. Download a program flyer and share our summer internship program with any interested parties. 
  • We additionally offer a two-year training program for trainees interested in pursuing a graduate degree (PhD or MD/PhD) in a field related to diabetes, endocrinology, or metabolism.  If you are interested in this opportunity, or if you are already involved in a research project, please reach out to Will Holland ( or Kalani Raphael ( 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit applications by email to Applications should include:

  1. A brief (1/2-1 page) statement of interest describing you, your career aspirations, and what you would hope to learn from a summer research activity.
  2. A resume, curriculum vitae, or biosketch describing any past training and any relevant scientific coursework.  Please include your current year of study, undergraduate program, and GPA.

Two letters of recommendation can be sent by the applicant or straight to  Letters of recommendation may come from a teacher, employer, or mentor outside of school who knows you well. 

How to Give

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