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Extending Lab in the Month of Love: CNS Extension Activity

Through the years, the Center for Natural Sciences has been extending its laboratory services to researchers, faculty and students within and outside the University. Laboratory trainings are also delivered upon requests of said clients. For this purpose, the laboratory assistants are annually sent for laboratory trainings to assure the quality of services rendered. As they are being trained, they also extend their acquired knowledge and skills to the clients of the Center. Hence, as part of the Center’s innovative projects on extension, it has come up with its laboratory training extension project, entitled “Extending Lab in the Month of Love” which has to be conducted annually, every Wednesdays of the month of February. It serves as an avenue for the laboratory assistants to share the trainings they have undergone. The said extension project commenced this academic year 2018-2019 with the offered training on “Care and Handling of Laboratory Animals used in Researches”. It was a 3-hour lecture-workshop per session delivered to faculty and students of nearby academic institutions. The sessions were held on February 13, 20 and 27, 2019 with the faculty and students of Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School, Bambang National High School and Nueva Vizcaya State University-Bambang, respectively.  A total of 199 students and 6 faculty participated in the training.

The lecturers/ trainors were Ms. Jaryl Kate T. Dinamling (laboratory assistant of the Biology & Physics Laboratory) and Ms. Jenifer C. Dalog (laboratory assistant of the CNS Research Laboratory). Both had their trainings on animal handling in October 2017 at the University of the Philippines, Manila. The CNS Director herself, Dr. Arlene L. Tabaquero (as the main organizer of the activity), also had her workshop on animal handling in the SINSM Conference held in April 2018 at the University of the Philippines, Baguio City. The other laboratory assistants and the BS Biology fourth year students served


By: Dr. Arlene Linsangan-Tabaquero, Director of the Center for Natural Sciences

Saint Mary’s University offers BS Biology and BS Chemistry as its Pure Science Programs. Graduates of the said programs have been into various career areas. Some are in government and private institutions such as in universities, hospitals and laboratories, serving as specialists, consultants, and laboratory technicians. Others are engaged in entrepreneurial activities, sales and trading services. Some proceeded to medicine and are now licensed medical doctors. Here are some of the Marian BS Biology and BS Chemistry alumni who are happily successful in their careers aligned with their academic degrees.

In accordance to the CHED Policies, Standards and Guidelines for BS Biology Curriculum (CMO No. 49 s. 2017), the BS Biology program is structured at grounding students with the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of the natural sciences and the conduct of research. This includes the acquisition of appropriate skills and training in the efficient processing and presentation of information in both written and oral form. SMU’s BS Biology program is PAASCU accredited Level III. Three specializations are offered: Microbiology (for those who intend to become experts in the microbial field and work in Microbiology laboratories as laboratory technicians or researchers in health-related government or private agencies and institutions), Medical Biology (for those who intend to pursue Medicine) and Ecology (for those who intend to be employed as researchers, field biologists or part of management teams in environmental agencies, museums, and institutions involved in plant or animal care and natural resource preservation and conservation).

The BS Chemistry program (CMO No. 47 s. 2017) on the other hand aims to produce graduates who comply with the current qualification requirements of professional chemists for local and overseas employment and entrepreneurship, and; it also prepares students to higher studies in Chemistry.


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