Kammie-Dominique Tavares, Global Environmental Science major, received an oral presentation award through the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholars for her presentation, Identifying Potential Beach Sanctuaries on Oʻahu, Hawai‘i for Coastal Biota of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. To complete their 10-week summer internships, NOAA Scholars presented their research and education-focused projects to an audience of NOAA scientists and their peers during the annual Science & Education Symposium in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“My favorite part of the internship was meeting amazing people and listening to their journeys,” said Tavares. “Hearing their stories has both inspired and motivated me to continue my aspirations of becoming a strong Hawaiian, female, scientist.”
For her thesis research at SOEST, Tavares, from Mākaha, Waiʻanae, works with Geology and Geophysics professor and SOEST associate dean for academic affairs Chip Fletcher to assess the impacts of seawalls on beaches as sea level rises.