Mentoring of StudentsIn the last sixteen and one-half years, undergraduate and graduate students working with Dr. Kohatsu have co–presented papers, workshops, and posters at national/regional/international conferences, including the American Psychological Association, Western Psychological Association, and the Hawaii International Social Science. For example, from 2000-2010, more than 37 papers, posters, and workshops have been presented with students at these professional conferences. Hence, an integral component of the work done at the Center for Cross-cultural Research is to not only mentor students on a long-term basis, but provide consistent opportunities to present research at recognized professional venues.
As evidence of his dedication to mentoring, Dr. Kohatsu’s students have entered doctoral programs in counseling, clinical, school, and social psychology programs; medicine, law, education, and information studies. The range of highly competitive and highly-regarded programs that Dr. Kohatsu’s students have been admitted to include Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Arizona State University, Claremont Graduate School, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of California, Davis. As an example---from 2000 - 2010 more than 36 students who were mentored by Dr. Kohatsu have gained admittance into doctoral programs.
From 2004 onward, several students who worked in Dr. Kohatsu’s research lab have received scholarships from the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program funded by NIH. As of the Spring quarter of 2010, Dr. Kohatsu has mentored five students through this scholarship program. All five students have gone on to advanced graduate programs and one student recently completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology. In addition to mentoring MBRS students, three students in the Center for Cross-cultural Research have received the Sally Casanova pre-doctoral scholarship award. Lastly, two of Dr. Kohatsu’s students have also received the very prestigious fellowship from the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) of the American Psychological Association.