10 August 2015
ALL SMILES. A DOST scholar-graduate in the graduate scholarship program pose for a photo with Secretary Mario Montejo, Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara and SEI Director Josette Biyo.
In a bid to celebrate the brilliance of the brightest stars of the science community, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) honored 236 outstanding science scholars who graduated with honors for the school year 2014-2015.
Overall, three summa cum laude, 44 magna cum laude, 134 cum laude, an honorable mention, and four academic distinctions were awarded—both in the undergraduate and graduate levels—during the ceremony. One scholar-graduate was also recognized for completing her degree earlier than the prescribed period.
Ninety six (96) honorees from the national capital region and Region 4A attended the ceremony.
05 August 2015
The Team from Baclaran Elementary School II accompanied by scientist-coach Engr. Martha Dealino (second to left) bested Magat Salamat Elementary School (2nd place) and Amado V. Hernandez Elementary School (3rd place) to claim the top spot in the first-ever “Clash of Class: The Ultimate Battle of Science Smarts” held during the 2015 National Science and Technology Week. Also in the photo are Ruby Cristobal of DOST-SEI (leftmost), Desiree Gestiada (second to right) of Manila Ocean Park, and DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara (rightmost).
Science ‘geeks’ from Baclaran Elementary School II and Pasay City East High School edged their counterparts to be hailed champions in the first-ever “Clash of Class: The Ultimate Battle of Science Smarts” competition held last July 27 and 28 at the Laot Activity Center, Manila Ocean Park.
Clash of Class, a play on the name of a popular mobile strategy game Clash of Clans, was conceptualized as a game show-type event that aimed to test students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through carefully designed fun games.
The two-day activity was organized by the Science Education Institute (SEI) and the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Manila Ocean Park as part of the weeklong celebration of this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).
20 July 2015
HISTORIC FEAT. This year’s national team to the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad set historic marks as it brought home two silver medals along with two bronzes and an Honourable Mention.
In the photo (L-R): Dr. Josette Biyo, Director, Science Education Institute; Dr. Jose Ernie Lope, Team Leader from the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP); Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School - Main, Raymond Joseph Fadri of Makati Science High School, Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy, Adrian Reginald Sy of St. Jude Catholic School, Clyde Wesley Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College, Albert John Patupat of Holy Rosary College, and Dr. Louie John Vallejo, Deputy Team Leader, and Dr. Richard Eden, incoming Team Leader, both of MSP.
Two silvers, two bronzes, an honourable mention, and a piece of national history.
This, as the Philippine delegation capped the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the hardest and most prestigious math competition in the world, with its best performance since it started competing in 1988.
Adrian Reginald Sy of St. Jude Catholic School and Clyde Wesley Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, to nab two silver medals to lead the winningest team that the country has fielded in the competition. The 56th IMO was held from 4-16 July 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Sy, who netted the country’s third silver medal in the competition last year, is now a two-time IMO silver medalist. Ang, meanwhile, a first-timer in the prestigious competition but a veteran in other international math competitions, won the Philippines’ fifth silver medal in its 27-year participation.
22 July 2015
Women science scholars, scientists to be celebrated at NSTW ‘15In honor of the critical contributions of women in science and technology, the Department of Science and Technology will feature outstanding science-scholar graduates of the Philippine Science High School and Science Education Institute as well as those awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology in the upcoming National Science Technology Week in July this year.
Dubbed as “She for We”, the exhibit will highlight 20 dynamic women in the fields of biotechnology, applied physics, astrophysics, forensic science, engineering, mathematics education, science leadership and entrepreneurship, among others.
Among the featured women scientists is Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, a Filipina astrophysicist; Dr. Corazon de Ungria, a multi-awarded forensic scientist; Dr. Ma. Antonia Arroyo, notable pioneer of biotechnology entrepreneurship.
04 May 2015
With the relentless efforts to sow a culture of science in the Philippines, science and technology workers in the country has doubled in numbers in 20 years, with the nation reaping economic progress as its reward.
In its study “Human Resources in Science and Technology in the Philippines” (HRST), the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reported that the number of science workers grew by 99.17 percent from 1990 to 2010.
The study, which aimed to provide benchmark data on the estimates of S&T workforce that are crucial in crafting S&T human resources development policies and programs, said that estimated numbers of HRST gradually leaped from 362 thousand in 1990 to 593 thousand in 2000, and rose to 721 thousand in 2010.
SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said the study described the past and recent status of HRST in the country with specific analysis on sex, age, marital status, occupation, and regional and overseas distribution.