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BIOLOGY STUDENTS WITH BEST RESEARCH POSTER AWARDS

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BIOLOGY STUDENTS WITH BEST RESEARCH POSTER AWARDS
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By Mrs. Arlene Linsangan-Tabaquero

Saint Mary’s University won the title “BEST RESEARCH POSTER” for both the undergraduate and graduate categories in the national seminar on Challenges to Biodiversity Studies and Conservation in Northern Luzon held at the Center for Culture and the Arts (CCA) and IPR Multi-Purpose Room in Saint Louis University, Baguio City last March 26-28, 2009. The researchers were Luzviminda F. Capinding, BS-Biology student and Aurea L. Feliciano, MA-Biology student. Their adviser was Mrs. Arlene Linsangan-Tabaquero of the Natural Sciences Department, School of Arts and Sciences.
 
The seminar was conducted with the following objectives: 1) to promote awareness on the richness of local and national biological resources; 2) to awaken a sense of responsibility for each member of the society in protection and conservation efforts; 3) to provide opportunity for researchers to present biodiversity studies in Northern Luzon; and, 4) to conduct training on the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) for biodiversity studies and on the preservation of specimens collected for educational and research purposes.

The seminar was attended by full-pledged researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students of the Biology programs from the different academic institutions, government agencies and research units in Northern Luzon. The SMU delegates included three of the faculty members of the Natural Sciences Department: Mrs. Arlene L. Tabaquero, Mr. Robert S. Aceret and Mr. Jason Arnold L. Maslang; four MA-Biology students: Aurea L. Feliciano, Vivian Tumaliuan, Noel Penetrante and Mary Ann Faith Santos; two BS-Biology students: Luzviminda F. Capinding and Lilia Bunnan.

The researches which won the said title were as follows:
  • Full-pledged Researchers Category: Magsaysay Creek, a Sagudin-Balili River Tributary: An Evaluation of the BOD Readings Researchers: Victor V. Hafalla, Jr. and Angelina Victoria M. Ferrer (University of Baguio)
  • Graduate Category: Taxonomic Characters of Usnea species in Imugan Forest, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya Researcher: Aurea L. Feliciano (MA Biology) Adviser: Arlene L. Tabaquero (Nat Sci Dept, Graduate Programs Dept., SAS, SMU) Consultant: Dr. Paulina A. Bawingan (Graduate Programs Dept., CNS, SLU)
  • Undergraduate Category: Taxonomical Identification of Selected Foliose Lichens in Imugan Forest, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya Researcher: Luzviminda F. Capinding (BS Biology) Adviser: Arlene L. Tabaquero (Nat Sci Dept, Graduate Programs Dept., SAS, SMU) Consultant: Dr. Paulina A. Bawingan (Graduate Programs Dept., CNS, SLU)
The other two researches from SMU which passed the screening for the poster exhibit were as follows:
  • Initial Survey of Insect Orders in Imugan Forest, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya Researcher: Lilia W. Bunnan Adviser: Robert Aceret
  • Acrocarpous Mosses of Mt. Data, Bauko. Mt. Province Researchers: Arlene Tabaquero (SMU), Liezel Magtoto, Asuncion Saguid, Weena Lei Tambuyat, (SLU-Graduate Programs students) Consultant: Paulina Bawingan
The SMU delegates would like to acknowledge the following:
  • Saint Mary’s University for the scholarship grants: Library Working Students Scholarship (Luzviminda F. Capinding) Working Students Scholarship (Lilia W. Bunnan) Faculty Development Scholarship (Arlene L. Tabaquero)
  • Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the Graduate Scholarship Grant: (Aurea L. Feliciano and Robert S. Aceret)
  • SMU - Student Affairs Office for the Student Assistance Fund (Luzviminda F. Capinding, Lilia W. Bunnan)
  • SMU School of Arts and Sciences Offices:SAS Dean’s Office
    Institute of Science and Math
    Graduate Programs Department
    Natural Sciences Department
  • Pastor Delbert Rice and the Barangay Officials of Imugan, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.
 
 


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