Who could say that a school’s study will win the Best Project of the Year?
A joint undertaking of DOST and BPI was held recently. It aims to distinguish and give incentives to graduating students in select colleges/universities who excel in specialized fields of science, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and biology.
Jann Adriel Sy, a senior molecular biology and biotechnology student of University of the Philippines Diliman won this year's Bank of the Philippine Islands - Department of Science and Technology's Project of the Year. Sy bagged P50,000 cash and a trophy from the BPI Foundation and a scholarship for a masteral/doctorate degree from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). His project title, "Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the 3 'untranslated region of the pregnane X receptor gene and inter-individual variability in drug responses'" focused on bad drug reactions, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Jose Paolo Aguilar, a biology student of the University of Santo Tomas, was the first runner-up whose project seeks to reduce the toxic hexavalent chromium in industrial use to abolish water pollution. The second runner-up was Napoleon Salvador B. Antonio, a BS Chemistry student of Ateneo de Manila University who studied solar cells. They received P30,000 and P10,000 in cash prizes, respectively, and a trophy each.
The panel of judges were: Joanna Gonzales-Syjuco, chief science research specialist, Computer Software Division, Advance Science and Technology Institute of the DOST; Dr. Carmel C. Gacho, supervising science research specialist, Environment and Biotechnology Division, Industrial Technology Development Institute; Dr. Claro Santiago Jr., assistant director, Research and Development Center, University of Perpetual Help System, Las Piñas City; engineer Darwin M. Rosales, chief, Energy Utility & Systems Technology Development Division, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the DOST; and Ma. Corazon G. Guzman, senior vice president and head of Operations Risk Management of BPI. [via philstar.com]