Jessi Tsukayama, a senior chemistry major at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Yoshitsugi Hokama Research Award for Fall 2013. Jessi was presented with the award on October 3rd, 2013 by JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges and Dr. Sandra Chang, Hokama Endowment administrator. This $5000 scholarship award will give Jessi the opportunity to pursue an Honors Research Project under the mentorship of Dr. George Hui and guidance of Ms. Danielle Clements in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology at JABSOM. Also present at the award ceremony were Kiana Shiroma, Honors Advisor at UH Manoa and Jeffrie Jones, JABSOM Director of Development and UH Foundation representative.
Jessi was homeschooled for her elementary education and attended Hawaiian Mission Academy for grades 9-10. She then obtained her GED and enrolled in Leeward Community College from 2010-2013, graduating with an Associate of Science degree in Natural Science with a concentration in Physical Science. She is currently majoring in chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with the goal of obtaining an MD degree. She is active in Japanese cultural activities and organizations and participated in an exchange program in Japan in the summer of 2013. She volunteers in the Pharmacy department at Kaiser Medical Center, Moanalua, the Next Step homeless shelter, and the Institute for Human Services. In her free time she enjoys dancing, playing sports, karaoke, and barbecuing with friends.