"The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) believes that science, research and technology development are essential components in nation building. In institutionalizing BPI-DOST Science Awards, the BPI Foundation aims to encourage budding scientists and researchers to scale higher levels of excellence in their chosen fields."
Each year, three exceptional students from leading universities and colleges from the Philippines are selected for their achievements in their respective fields. The awards are given to the top three junior and senior students of the following universities: Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Silliman University, Saint Louis University, University of the Philippines (Diliman and Los Baños), University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, and Xavier University.
The awardees from Ateneo de Manila University presented their research papers on March 5, 2008 in Escaler Hall at 3:00 p.m.
The awardees, their papers, and their mentors are as follows:
1. Cesare Mickhail R. Cejas (BS/MS Chemistry). Title of Project: "Urine Sample Preparation and Proteome Profiling of Normal Male Subjects Using 2D Gel Electrophoresis." Mentor: Nina Rosarion Rojas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, Ateneo de Manila University.
2. Carole M. Loable (BS/MS Chemistry). Title of Project: "Local Polysaccharides as Carbon Source for Supercapacitor Electrodes." Mentor: Erwin Enriquez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, Ateneo de Manila University.
3. Timothy James L. Yusun (BS Mathematics). Title of Project: "Philippine Landslide Dynamics: A Mathematical and Computational Study Using Cellular Automata and the Minimization Algorithm." Mentor: Dr. Rafael Saldaña, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematics Department, Ateneo de Manila University.
It should be noted that among all BPI-DOST Science Awardees in the country for 2008, only TJ is a mathematics major.
To TJ, Cesare, and Carole, CONGRATULATIONS!!!