Integrating indigenous knowledge with STEM for Native Hawaiian students interested in careers in healthcare and research


In this presentation we will discuss a variety of indigenous-inspired activities and approaches to engage Native Hawaiian undergraduate STEM students. This unique approach served as a spark for some of the students to pursue graduate or professional degree programs who are now Postdoctoral Pharmaceutical Science researchers or practicing Pharmacists. We will describe activities to engage undergraduate students in their STEM exploration and additional activities to integrate student’s indigenous cultural values into their graduate/professional education and training. Attendees will be invited to participate in an indigenous-inspired learning activity and to share their ideas and experiences.