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Written By Gregory Fischbach

February 11, 2022
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The HUI SRC Team

The HUI SRC Team.

Attention all HPU students! HPU’s Undergraduate Infrastructure Student Research Center (HUI SRC) is here, and they are all about entrepreneurship and research. HPU students interested in biomedical research receive mentorship and training.

HUI SRC group gathering at the beach

HUI SRC group gathering at the beach.

All HPU students are eligible to join the HUI SRC. You do not need to have a background in science or medicine. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to join the Center.

HUI SRC’s goals are to leverage entrepreneurial research, preparing students for graduate school and linking them into the scientific workforce. The Center was founded by the National Institute of Health and the National Institute on General Medical Sciences.

Get the chance to earn a grant award up to $3,000 per health-related project! This is a perfect opportunity to begin a thesis or dissertation in higher education prior to attending graduation with your undergraduate degree.

Interested in the award? Learn more about past grant winners Andy Yu and Isabelle Yazel Eiser.

Last fall, HUI SRC held their first-ever mixer, where student officers created the Center’s first Squid Games Mixer at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Students also got to learn from HPU and JABSOM faculty members at a research workshop.

HUI SRC is led by Halaevalu Vakalahi, Ph.D., Blaize Soakai, Ngoc Phan, Ph.D., Eunjung Lim, Ph.D., Scott Okamoto, Ph.D. and David Horgen, Ph.D. Research opportunities are available, including INBRE IV, UH Cancer Center, and the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine Graduate Certifications.

Click here to learn more about HUI SRC; or email Dean Halaevalu Vakalahi, Ph.D., at, or Blaize Soakai at

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