6 Female Researchers Show Way in DOST-Newton Agham PhD Scholarships

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(SDN) — Women empowerment is thriving in the Philippines, not the least in the realm of the academe.

Proof: Six female researchers have won six slots for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) scholarships in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Newton PhD Scholarships under the wings of the British Council.

The British Council presented before the media the awardees, along with the council’s other grantees today, February 26, at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Dr. Leah Buendia said the women researchers won the nod of the scholarships’ principals because of the “merits of their research proposals.”

She said 19 researchers applied for the DOST-Newton PhD Scholarships, with only five males among them. The male applicants were shutdown.

Their being all-women is “a mere coincidence,” said Buendia.

For the DOST-Newton PhD Scholarships, here are the female scholars who won their slots based on the merits of their research proposals, in no particular order:

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THE six female researchers of the 2020 DOST-Newton Agham PhD Scholarships Program (flashing the thumps up sign) flanked by DOST Assistant Secretary Leah Buendia and Pilar Aramayo-Prudencio, country director of the British Council in the Philippines. (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News)

1. Criselda Bautista of the  Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the Department of Health (DOH-RITM)

Research with University of Glasgow: Using Molecular Epidemiology to Understand the True Burden of Rabies in the Philippines and Develop Surveillance to Inform Elimination Strategies

2. Maria Jowina Galarion, University of the Philippines Manila (UPM)

Research (with University of Glasgow): Developing a Sample-to-Sequence Approach for the MiniON Device as Field-deployable Tool in  Enhancing Molecular Surveillance and Diagnostics of Dengue Virus in the Philippines

3. Pamela Louisse Tolentino, UP Diliman (UPD)

Research with University of Glasgow: Investigating the role of catchment characteristics in the response to different basins across the country to hydrometeorological events

4. Julianne Vilela of UP Los Banos (UPLB)

Research with University of Lancaster: Utilizatipn of Next-generation technologies to develop novel and advance vaccines against viral diseases affecting the poultry production

5. Maria Carmen “Ica” Fernandez of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Policy Center

Research with University of Cambridge: Exploring the dynamics of complex urban crises and forced displacement on informal settlements through spatial modeling: evidence from the Philippines

6. Carla Mae Pausta of De La Salle University (DLSU)

Research with University of Glasgow:  The assessment of the impact of nutrient recovery for improving urban wastewater management and protecting water quality in lakes using the case study of Laguna de Bay, Philippines

The announcement also included the grantees for the Research Links Workshops, such as:

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DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Dr. Leah Buendia (left) joins the DOST-Newton Agham scholars and grantees for a souvenir photograph in today’s (February 26) awarding event. (SDN — Science and Digital News)
  1. Batangas State University (BaTSU) President Tirso Ronquillo in partnership with University of Wolverhampton for his research, Developinging Smart Environmental Resilience Solutions for Coastal Areas in the Philippines: Susceptibility, Adaptation and Mitigation Measures: SEACAP
  2. Aleyla Escueta-de Cadiz of the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPM) with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her research, One Health ‘Omics
  3. Lourdes Bernadette Sumpaico-Tanchanco, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health with Public Health England, Utilizing mathematical modelling to aid governance in Universal Health Care in the Philippines.

For Institutional Links, a first-time research scholarship also under the DOST-Newton Program, the awardee is Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) Director Nelson Enano, Jr. who won the slot for his research on Utilizing Marine Renewable Energy to Satisfy Community Energy Demands and Stimulate Socio-Economic Development within the Philippines.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Buendia said for the DOST-Newton PhD Scholarships, the Philippine and British governments have equal contributions, totaling to Php50 million (Php25 million plus 510,000 pounds, Php4 million each for the six scholars).

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President Tirso Ronquillo of the Batangas State University). (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News)
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Director Nelson Enano, Jr. of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News)

For the Researcher Links Workshop grant, the funding, she added, is Php12 (Php6 million from the Philippines, 135,000 pounds from the United Kingdom) for five days which will be conducted in the Philippines.

On the other hand, the Institutional Links for two years is Php20 million (Php10 million and 150,000 pounds). (SDN)


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