|Honors and Awards
The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and its departments provide scholarships and awards to its students. For a list of these scholarships, see the "Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid" section of this Catalog. More information on scholarships and awards can be obtained from the CTAHR Academic and Student Affairs Office, Gilmore 211, (808) 956-8183.
Graduate studies leading to a master of science degree are available in 10 majors: agricultural and resource economics, agronomy and soil science, animal sciences, biosystems engineering, botanical sciences (plant pathology or plant physiology), entomology, food science, horticulture, and nutritional science. Doctor of philosophy programs are available in six fields: agricultural and resource economics, agronomy and soil science, botanical sciences (plant pathology or plant physiology), entomology, and horticulture. Graduate programs in plant pathology and plant physiology are jointly offered with the College of Natural Sciences under the botanical sciences program.
Three of CTAHR's graduate programs in tropical agriculture (agronomy and soil science, entomology, and horticulture) have been recognized as distinctive programs by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
(WICHE). Qualified students from participating states may enroll in these graduate programs at Hawai'i-resident tuition rates.
CTAHR utilizes general University facilities, including the libraries, which offer extensive collections and information services, and the computing center, which provides access to individual computers as well as large mainframes. Along with the Pacific Biomedical Research Center, CTAHR sponsors the Biotechnology-Molecular Biology Instrumentation Facility for the benefit of researchers throughout the University of Hawai'i. The college's facilities include a microcomputer laboratory, several research stations, and specialized laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, all of which support research and instruction in the food and agricultural sciences. On-campus affiliations with the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, Water Resources Research Center, East-West Center, Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, Sea Grant College Program, and Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute extend CTAHR's resources. The college is also affiliated closely with off-campus institutions, such as the Bernice P. Bishop Museum,
USDA/ARS Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Research Laboratory, Hawai'i Agriculture Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Hawai'i Department of Agriculture.
Students may contact individual departments, the Graduate Division (2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822), or Financial Aid Services (2600 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822) for information on grants, fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, tuition waivers, loans, work-study programs, and job opportunities.
Information on CTAHR graduate programs can be obtained from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Gilmore 210, (808) 956-8183, or from departmental offices.
Students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning. Admission requirements for various graduate programs are specified under each department's description. Admission decisions are made by the Graduate Division in consultation with faculty in the field of study.
The requirements associated with the master of science degree vary with each program of study. The master of science Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) options are available in all programs; the agronomy and soil science program is the only program with a Plan C (examinations) option.
The PhD degree culminates in a set of comprehensive and final examinations and a dissertation of original work. Special requirements exist in some fields of study. Contact the Graduate Division or the departments for additional information.
Instructional and Research Facilities
Modern laboratories as well as statewide field laboratories are an important part of
undergraduate and graduate instruction. Students are able to learn the latest research methods. Classrooms are well-equipped for learning computer applications.