University of Hawai'i at Manoa
The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is well-known for pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer, and genetics. It is a land-, sea- and space-grant research institution and is nationally ranked in the top 30 public universities in federal research funding for engineering and science.The National Science Foundation has ranked it 49th overall. The University has many unique facilities, including the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology and the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology at Coconut Island, and the Institute for Astronomy.
The University of Hawai’i participates in the NSF EPSCoR program. The mission of EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is "to encourage to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education". Criteria for eligibilty to participate in the NSF EPSCoR program is based on the level of NSF research funding.
A Native Hawaiian-Serving Institution
The US Department of Education has designated the University of Hawaii as a Native Hawaiian-Serving Institution under Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Geology and Geophysics
The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa offers a broad range of externally funded research and study programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department has a reputation for high quality faculty, research facilities, and opportunities in the Earth, Ocean, and Space sciences.
With 29 faculty members and about 36 graduate-level faculty teaching is a strong point at G&G, which boasts strong programs in all major sub-disciplines. The department generally has 50 to 60 graduate students and 40 to 50 undergraduates.
The Department is organized into three divisions:
Marine and Environmental Geology (MEG) is focused on the physical, biological and chemical interactions that characterize Earth surface environments. The program includes instructional and research opportunities in a wide range of topics related to marine, coastal, and tropical watershed environments.
Geophysics and Tectonics (G&T) takes advantage of the University of Hawaii’s mid-Pacific setting to investigate a wide variety of geodynamic, tectonic, and geophysical phenomena that operate over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales.
Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology (VGP) Hawaii scientists are uniquely situated to learn all major aspects of volcanic systems. Researchers study ocean spreading centers, physical volcanology, intraplate volcanism, and volcano monitoring.