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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
College of Natural Sciences

STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa - College of Natural Sciences

STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

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College of Natural Sciences
Student Ambassadors

Mission Statement

Our organization strives to promote a welcoming and inclusive community for all students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Natural Sciences. Members of our organization will act as mentors and leaders, aiding incoming students in their transition to our University and building camaraderie amongst continuing students.

Officers and Student Ambassadors

President

Emi Lin Luo

Emi Lin Luo

Name: Emi Lin Luo (President)

Current year in school: Senior

Major: Molecular Cell Biology

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Future educational and career goals: Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school. I am primarily interested in ophthalmology and pediatrics, but I am open towards other fields.

Hobbies: I enjoy photography and hiking.

Vice-President

Kelly Huang

Kelly Huang

Name: Kelly Huang (Vice President)

Current year in school: Senior

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Future educational and career goals: After completing my undergraduate education, I hope to apply this foundational knowledge in Pharmacy school and towards my future career goal as an aspiring Pharmacist.

Hobbies: Aside from school taking the majority of my time, I do enjoy spending time with my family and solving jig-saw puzzles!

Historian

Natalie Choi

Natalie Choi

Name: Natalie Choi (Historian)

Current year in school: Senior

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Future educational and career goals: I aspire to be a physician so my next educational goal after finishing my undergrad is to go to medical school.

Hobbies: In my free time, I like to play the piano, video games, cook, and ice skate.

Secretary

Maansi Murty

Maansi Murty

Name: Maansi Murty (Secretary)

Current year in school: Senior

Major: Biology and Public Health

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Future educational and career goals: After undergrad, I hope to apply for medical school to receive my doctorate of medicine! I plan to focus on Emergency Medicine or Trauma Surgery.

Hobbies: When I’m not drowning in schoolwork, I love to surf, go on adventures, and play the ukulele poorly!

Student Ambassador

Jolie Tosten

Jolie Tosten

Name: Jolie Tosten

Current year in school: Junior

Major: Marine Biology

Hometown: Grangeville, Idaho

Future educational and career goals: After receiving a B.S. in Marine Biology I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a doctorate degree in marine sciences-more specifically biological oceanography.

Hobbies: I love all things outdoors! I especially love snorkeling, going to the beach, and hiking. When I have the time, I also love to read a book.

Student Ambassador

Brandon Effendi

Brandon Effendi

Name: Brandon Effendi

Current year in school: Senior

Major: Biology

Minor: Public Health

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Future educational and career goals: Through completion of my undergraduate degree in Biology and Public Health, I plan to continue my journey in medical school where I will be taking the next steps into becoming a Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

Hobbies: I am currently a part of the UH Manoa’s Esports Varsity team for R6 Siege and CS:GO. I love cooking dishes from a variety of different cuisines, and experimenting with new flavors! I also love to workout at the gym and play golf. Whenever I have time to spare, I usually love to run around Waikiki and Diamond Head as a way to relax.

Student Ambassador

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

Name: Caroline Smith

Current year in school: Junior

Major: Marine Biology

Hometown: Snoqualmie, WA

Future educational and career goals: I plan to complete my Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and start my career in research or for a company where I can actively work to change laws in favor of the environment.

Hobbies: I love staying active and frequently hiking, snorkeling, surfing as well as cooking and spending time with my friends and family.

Student Ambassador

Emi Lin Luo

Jaymie Bilog-Mina

Name: Jaymie Bilog-Mina

Current year in school: 3rd year, senior standing

Major: BA Microbiology

Minor: Psychology and Spanish

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Future educational and career goals: After I finish my undergraduate I plan on getting my masters in Microbiology and going on to medical school. I hope to go into internal medicine or pediatrics. I also want to travel to other countries, helping those living in underprivileged communities.

Hobbies: Aside from studying and working I enjoy being involved in school clubs like HOSA and Disney Ohana Club. I also love going to the beach every weekend and trying new places to eat around the island with friends and family!

Student Ambassador

Kiersty McKee

Kiersty McKee

Name: Kiersty McKee

Current year in school: Sophomore

Major: Biology B.S. with a minor in Public Health

Hometown: Papakōlea, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi

Future educational and career goals: While at UH Mānoa, I would like to become involved with as many clubs and activities as possible and also participate in undergraduate research. After graduating from UH Mānoa, I would like to continue my education in medical or pharmacy school in order to give back to the Hawaiian community in the future.

Hobbies: When I am not spending time with friends, family, and 3 dogs, I enjoy napping, watching cooking and baking videos, travelling, trying new foods, lei making, and playing video games.

Student Ambassador

Jobert Teppang

Jobert Teppang

Name: Jobert Teppang

Current year in school: Junior

Major: Biology B.S.

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Future educational and career goals: After graduating, I plan to attend medical school and pursue my goal of becoming a doctor!

Hobbies: In my free time I do sports such as basketball, skateboarding, and judo! I enjoy going outside, especially hiking or going to the beach with friends. Once in a while I play video games but I consider it as a hobby!

Student Ambassador

Chase Kane

Chase Kane

Name: Chase Kane

Current year in school: Sophomore

Major: B.S. Biochemistry

Hometown: Kapolei, Oahu

Future educational and career goals: Medical School (possibly JABSOM) after I graduate. I’m very interested in oncology and dermatology, but I’m still exploring my interests :)

Hobbies: Singing/music, running, unnecessarily shopping for clothes, eating ice cubes, finishing homework in one sitting.

Student Ambassador

Tina Loos

Tina Loos

Name: Tina Loos

Current year in school: Senior

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Future educational and career goals: After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend graduate school, earn a doctorate degree, and work in an interdisciplinary career that utilizes technology to make positive differences.

Hobbies: Volunteering, Playing Tennis; Reading; Listening to Music; Watching K-dramas; Spending Time with Family and Friends.

Student Ambassador

Liliana Rivas

Liliana Rivas

Name: Liliana Riva

Current year in school: Junior

Major: B.S. Biology

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Future educational and career goals: After completing my undergraduate degree I plan to attend medical school and work towards becoming a pediatrician.

Hobbies: My hobbies include reading, taking care of my plants, swimming, making coffee and walking through nature.

Student Ambassador

Yousef Sarameh

Yousef Sarameh

Name: Yousef Sarameh

Current year in school: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology B.S.

Hometown: Kapolei, HI

Future educational and career goals: My immediate goal after I graduate is to enter medical school and receive an MD. From there, I plan on entering a surgical residency, with the hope of one day practicing on these islands.

Hobbies: Basketball, Netflix, Comics, Walking, Watching movies with my friends

Student Ambassador

Levin Gil Bonilla

Levin Gill Bonilla

Name: Levin Gil Bonilla

Current year in school: Senior

Major: B.S. Biology

Hometown: Kahului, Maui, HI

Future educational and career goals: After completing undergrad, I plan to go for a Master’s with aspirations towards a career in education as a high school teacher and maybe one day work in educational administration. I am inspired how an education can transform lives and hope to give back to my community as much as they have done for me!

Hobbies: Listening to music, food adventures, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family. Recently into K-dramas and rewatching childhood shows when I have time. Enjoy hiking once in a while.

Student Ambassador

Cynthia Chan

Cynthia Chan

Name: Cynthia Chan

Current year in school: Sophomore

Major: Marine Biology

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Future educational and career goals: After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend graduate school and work in a lab environment where I can make a difference in society.

Hobbies: Going to the beach, sleeping, eating poke.

Student Ambassador

Ju-Ling Chen

Ju-Ling Chen

Name: Ju-Ling Chen

Current year in school: Sophomore

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan

Future educational and career goals: I hope to go to medical school as well as conduct biomedical research.

Hobbies: Relax at cafes, practice violin, surf, and eat tasty food.

Student Ambassador

Étienne Briddell

Étienne Briddell

Name: Étienne Briddell

Current year in school: Junior

Major:Biology and French

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Future educational and career goals: I aspire to become a zoologist/wildlife biologist who works with endangered species. I would like to help with conservation efforts and educate the public on animals and effects on them. My ideal career would be to work with bears, specifically polar bears and work closely on climate change and conservation.

Hobbies: In my free time, I like to play volleyball, craft or color, listen to music and be outdoors.

Student Ambassador

Stacie Saito

Stacie Saito

Name: Stacie Saito

Current year in school: senior

Major: Chemistry and Psychology; minor: Music

Hometown: Kahului, Maui

Future educational and career goals: After getting my bachelors at Manoa I plan on going to Hilo’s Pharmacy program for a future of being a Pharmacist. I hope to find a job back on Maui where I can see my family and friends as much as I want.

Hobbies: I like to hang out with my furry family at home, 2 cats and sometimes three dogs. I am a proud cat and pitbull mom. I play violin and was in the orchestra at UH Manoa, although walking back to the dorms at 9 pm was not nice, and I’ve been playing for almost 14 years now. Hanging out with friends is a given as well.

Student Ambassador

Eunice Bala

Eunice Bala

Name: Eunice Bala

Current year in school: Senior

Major: Biology and Philippine Language and Culture

Hometown:Waikoloa, Hawaii

Future educational and career goals: I aspire to become an ophthalmologist and open my clinic in Hawaii. After obtaining my undergraduate degrees, I plan to attend medical school.

Hobbies: I like to hike, cook, play the piano, and edit videos!

ABOUT US

We provide academic advising services to all undergraduate students in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

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Monday - Friday
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