Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program

Welcome to NHSEMP!

Welcome to our website for the Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP) at UH Mānoa. NHSEMP strives to increase the advancement of underserved students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In particular, we reach out to Native Hawaiian, Polynesian, Alaska Native, and Native American pre-college, community college, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Our Mission is to provide assistance, opportunities, and community for students to excel in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Comprehensive support involving outreach, recruitment, retention, and placement strategies aim to increase the number of qualified individuals on a successful path to leadership in community, industry, and academia.

~ Announcements ~

posted 06/22/22

"UH Mānoa rocketry team racks up awards at national competition!"

Our 2022 Ka Hui O Kaulele Rocket Team competed in the First Nations Launch High-powered Rocket Competition in April 2022 at Kenosha, WI.

Congratulations on receiving the following awards:

  • 1st place: Oral Presentation

  • 3rd place: Written Reports

  • 3rd place: Overall Grand Prize

  • Spirit Award

  • Aesthetic Award

Visit our "News & Events" page for more info!

posted 12/21/21

MAHALO nui to Hawaiʻi Pacific Foundation for the generous gift of $35K to support NHSEMP's initiatives in diversifying graduate pathways in STEM for Native students!

posted 12/01/21

NHSEMP is honored to have been selected as a grant recipient from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM Graduate Education program!

posted 09/07/21

The 2021 virtual NHSEMP Summer Research Symposium provided our summer participants with the opportunity to showcase their individual or group STEM research experiences and projects! Congratulations to all of our summer participants with their success in the NHSEMP Freshman Bridge, NHSEMP Sophomore Success TRACs and HI PEEC II Mānoa Design Clinic programs!

To view the presentations, please go to:

posted 08/09/21

The 2021 virtual Islands of Opportunity-LSAMP (IOA-LSAMP) Student Conference officially opens today! Congratulations to all of our LSAMP-IOA students with their success in STEM research projects and activities!

To view the presentations, please go to: and click on "2021 Virtual Annual Student Conference"

posted 05/20/21

NHSEMPʻs newest program, "On Track" just launched its website featuring the SP2021 semester collaboration with Lanaʻi High and Elementary School (LHES)! 9th-12th grade LHES students participated in BC 101 and FP 404 - they were introduced to HTML coding and received guidance and mentorship from NHSEMP On Track mentors to successfully complete and present their senior STEM Capstone projects.