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NHSEMP - Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program

Freshman Bridge Program
at UH Manoa
(formerly "Summer Bridge")

* Freshman Bridge will not be offered this summer 2015 - Please check back periodically for summer 2016 updates.
* Information & dates listed below were for 2014 Freshman Bridge Program.

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The NHSEMP Freshman Bridge is a 10-week summer experience for incoming University of Hawaii at Manoa freshmen interested in natural sciences or engineering (civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical). Participants will have the opportunity to live, study, and work on the UH Manoa campus.


The Freshman Bridge addresses areas of interest for incoming freshmen:
• Greater preparation for college-level math courses
• Financial assistance
• Comfort within a large university system
• Smooth transition from high school to college


Program Dates: June 9 - August 14, 2014
(The first four weeks are non-residential; the last six weeks are residential.)

• Orientation: Saturday May 31 (tentative) on the UH Manoa campus
• Non-Residential: June 9 - July 4
• Residential: July 7 - August 14 (Move-In: Sunday, July 6; Move-Out: Friday, August 15)

Program Activities

Participating students will follow a daily schedule consisting of:
June 9 - July 4, 2014:
• STEM research and site visits (schedule to be determined)
• Approximately 15-20 hours per week in research labs
• Daily Calculus I or II course (if eligible and enrolled)

July 7 - August 14, 2014:
• Math (Pre-Calculus or Calculus) & Hawaiian Studies 107 courses (morning)
• STEM research, hands-on activities, and site visits (afternoon)
• A two-hour collaborative study session (evening)


Students will also participate in cultural case studies, community projects, and field trips. The Freshman Bridge Program culminates with student final presentations, giving each participant an opportunity to discuss his or her summer experience.


Program Eligibility

Spaces are available for traditional incoming, UH Manoa freshmen interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Eligible applicants with the following are strongly encouraged to apply:
• Students of Native Hawaiian, Polynesian, Alaska Native, or Native American ancestry


Program Benefits

Participating students will receive the following benefits:
• Earn 5+ credits of required University-level coursework
• Earn a $1000 academic stipend (upon successful completion of the Freshman Bridge Program)
• Six weeks of summer housing, meal plan, and tuition (expenses paid) - Mainland or Neighbor Island students, housing is available for the 10-week duration


Program Application - 2015 Freshman Bridge will not be offered this summer.


Program Application & Fact Sheet

Freshman Bridge at UH Manoa (electronic application)
2014 Application

Freshman Bridge at UH Manoa
2014 Fact Sheet

Freshman Bridge at UH Manoa


Please direct all questions and comments to:

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Kelli Ching
Freshman Bridge Cooordinator
(808) 956-7945

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