HIGP invents and proves technologies and techniques for exploring the Earth and planets.
The Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology solves fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Science by the invention, development, and application of state-of-the-art instrumentation, exploration, measurement, and data analysis technologies and techniques (read more about it here).
The 27 faculty and 10 emeritus faculty in HIGP are internationally regarded in their fields, and our students learn from scientists who are recognized as such, either through recognition by professional societies or their involvement in high profile earth and planetary science projects, including membership of 25 NASA instrument or mission science teams.
Since 2014 our faculty have advised and supported 64 graduate students and have taught (or co-taught) 39 undergraduate and graduate level classes on the Mānoa campus. As an Organized Research Unit (ORU), our educational mission is to bring our research into the university lecture theaters, and school classrooms, of Hawaiʻi, so they too can experience the thrill of discovery. Our community outreach has reached over 20,000 local school children, teachers, and parents in the last year alone. Our research is world-class, well-funded, laser-focused on STEM disciplines, and is highly relevant to the issues facing the State of Hawaiʻi, both now and in the future.
Interested in working or studying in the most diverse state in the Union?
The State of Hawaiʻi ranks first in the nation for racial and ethnic diversity, and 83% of the undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are minorities or students of color. Of these students, about 50% are minorities. Please visit our news page for details of opportunities to come and join us. We want the best scientists and engineers in HIGP, regardless of color, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Everybody is welcomed here.