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In 2013, Palau became the seventh and most recent location to join the Pacific STEP-UP Program. Mr. Tchuzie Tadao and Dr. Chris Kitalong are Palau’s local program coordinators that can help students with the program. The students who are accepted into the program will work with a trained research mentor at the newly built STEP-UP training lab located in Palau Community College. At the end of the 8-week program, interns will travel to Washington, DC for the annual National STEP-UP Scientific Symposium where they will present their summer research projects to both peers and professionals from academia and the research industry. A participation allowance will be given to interns upon completion of the program.




Dr. Patrick Tellei
Palau Community College


Robert Ramarui
Palau Community College

Mr. Ramarui is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Palau Community College (PCC). He graduated from the University of Guam (UOG) with both a Bachelor and Master degree in Business Administration. Mr. Ramarui has been with PCC for over 13 years where he started as a Business Instructor for the Business Accounting Program. His role for the PCC STEP-UP Lab is to ensure that the program is running efficiently and meeting the needs of the students academically. Mr. Ramarui strongly supports the STEP-UP Program and believes that it is a program that will build the student’s interest in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Discipline, Environmental Science (ES), and Agricultural Science (AG).



Dr. Christopher Kitalong
Palau Community College

Dr. Kitalong is a Palauan-American resident of Palau who has focused most of his work on the Pharmacology of Palauan traditional plant medicines. His work begins with identification of important plant species, then looks at origin and distribution of these plants, and then culminates in phytochemical, pharmacological, and clinical assessment of these plant medicines. Dr. Kitalong received his BS in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as well as his MS in Pharmacology from Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan and his PhD in Biology from The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York. He has been supporting the STEP-UP Program in Palau since 2014.


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