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BPI and DOST recognize scientific research and innovations of Filipino students

BPI Foundation and DOST recognizes 30 of the best scientific researches by Filipino students

The Department of Science and Technology and BPI Foundation lauded 30 outstanding college students for their scientific research and innovations at the 30th BPI-DOST Science Awards held last August 2.

With the theme “Moving the Nation towards Sustainable Development through Science & Innovation” the BPI-DOST Science awards invited students from all over the country to contribute research and develop innovations supporting global sustainability goals.

Entries were judged based on their academic performance, commitment to research, research problem, application and relevance, and scientific-technical soundness. It shortlisted 30 to receive PHP 10,000 and a medal. From there it identified the top 10 most promising entries to receive an additional PHP 15,000 and a certificate. From the 10 two were named “Based in Innovation” and received another PHP 20,000 and a trophy. The Project of the Year was awarded another PHP 25,000 and a trophy.

“Through these awards, we hope to inspire more Filipino students to pursue scientific researches and innovations that contribute to building a stronger and more sustainable future for all of us,” said Maricris San Diego, executive director of BPI Foundation.

Here is the list of awardees:

Project of the Year

Jay Patrick Nieles, BS Electronics Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas: his innovation helps locked-in syndrome patients communicate through a brain-computer typing interface that uses visual imagination of shapes and symbols.

Best in Innovation

Jay Patrick Nieles, BS Electronics Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas: his innovation helps locked-in syndrome patients communicate through a brain-computer typing interface that uses visual imagination of shapes and symbols.

Christian Badua, BS Biology from UP Manila: he investigated how probiotics, specifically lactic acid bacteria, can be used in the treatment of colorectal cancer, one of the top causes of mortality in the Philippines.

People’s Choice Award:

Jaime Garbriel, BS Chemistry from Ateneo de Manila University: he studied how agricultural by-products can be harnessed in making printed electronic applications as components for technological devices.

Aside from awards, the two-day celebration featured a workshop from Professor Matthew Escobido of the Master of Science in Innovation and Business program at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and talks from Outstanding Science Alumni Awardees Dr. Leopold Ilag from Stockholm University, Dr. Luis Sison from DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship, and Engr. Maria Leah Flor De Castro from Ateneo de Davao University.

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