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2018 Conference


Student Rate

Qualifying students may register for discounted rates for the HCC, and will have all rights and privileges of full conference registration. Verification is required upon registration with a student ID or record of class registration.

Three day access for students costs $160, and 1 day access for students costs $80. Visit our Register page for more information.

Student Scholarship Program

Student Scholarship application is now closed

Deadline to apply: Monday May 28th, 2018 11:59 PM HST

In partnership with Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation’s Environmental Leadership Pathways Initiative, the Hawai’i Conservation Alliance and Foundation (the Alliance and Foundation) is proud to announce the 2018 Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (HCC) Student Scholarship Program. Celebrating its 6th year, this registration incentive aims to provide a one-of-a-kind career development opportunity for students/emerging professionals interested in pursuing a career in a conservation-related field. Over the years, the program has grown to include high school students, college students and emerging professionals across the Hawaiian Islands. This year the Alliance and Foundation is accepting 180 students/emerging professionals into the program. If accepted, Student Scholarship recipients will attend the conference at a reduced rate of $50 (normally $160).

In addition, Student Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for the Pūlama Kuamoʻo Mentorship Program. The intention is to provide an opportunity for emerging professionals from Hawai‘i to meet and network with Hawaiʻi’s established professionals in the conservation research and natural resource management community. For established professionals, it is an opportunity to mentor the next generation of conservationists, managers and educators, along with sharing their journey in this field. Students/emerging professionals will benefit from one-on-one interaction with respected professionals in their areas of interest. Learn more about the Pūlama Kuamoʻo Mentorship Program.

Preference will be given to those applicants who meet the following criteria listed below

  • A current Hawaiʻi high school junior/senior OR a recent graduate of a Hawaiʻi high school
  • A student currently enrolled in a post-secondary education institution in Hawaiʻi (undergraduate, graduate, associates, etc. program)
  • An emerging professional, no more than three years into his/her career, working in Hawaiʻi
  • All applicants should be able to demonstrate their commitment to conservation in Hawaiʻi

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • Program evaluation criteria
  • Completed application
  • Personal Statement

If accepted as a Student Scholarship recipient, you must agree to the following program requirements

  • Check-in each day of HCC at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance & Foundation booth
  • Submit the Post HCC Student Scholarship Program Survey

*Neighbor Island Applicants: We provide a limited amount of $200 travel stipends for neighbor island conference attendees. If you are accepted as a Student Scholarship recipient and have requested a travel stipend, travel stipend checks will be distributed on Thursday July 26th in the afternoon. You MUST have attended the entire conference and be present to receive your stipend. Checks will NOT be mailed.

**Please note: Applicants will be accepted into the Student Scholarship Program on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive notification of whether or not you have been accepted into the program after May 29th. If accepted, you will also receive a unique code and instructions on how to register for HCC. Once you receive these instructions, you will have two weeks to register. At the time of registration, you will be charged the reduced rate of $50 (normally $160).

Student Scholarship application is now closed

Deadline to apply: Monday May 28th, 2018 11:59 PM HST

Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Emerging Professionals Workshop

Date and Time TBD

Held annually at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, Nāhululeihiwakuipapa develops a workshop that provides emerging professionals and students an opportunity to develop technical, networking and leadership skills critical for career, community, and personal success. Workshop topics are selected based on the interests and needs indicated on surveys taken by emerging professionals and students. Our goal is to empower workshop participants to lead from where they are, by providing them the opportunity to put learned skills into practice. Learn more.

Student Awards

Each year at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, cash prizes are awarded for the top student presentations in the following categories:

First Place Award for Outstanding Poster (Graduate)
Runner-Up for Outstanding Poster (Gradute)
First Place Award for Outstanding Presentation (Graduate)
Runner-Up for Outstanding Presentation (Graduate)
Best Undergraduate Student Presentation
Runner-Up Undergraduate Student Presentation
Honorable Mention Undergraduate Student Presentation

Awards are based on scoring by volunteer judges attending the conference. Students are scored according to creative ability, scientific procedures, thoroughness, competence, and communication.

To apply, check the STUDENT box when submitting your abstract:

Toward the end of Step 1 of the Abstract Submission process, check the box that says –

STUDENT: Evaluate my presentation for the Best Student Paper/Poster Award. The presenter must be the principal author of the work being presented and must be enrolled in an academic degree program through Spring semester/quarter of 2018.

In order to participate, the presenter must be the principal author of the work being presented, and must be enrolled in an academic degree program through the Spring semester/quarter of 2018 (recent graduates acceptable).

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