UP alumnus Albert Rosana wins Canada’s Killam Memorial Graduate Prize

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Albert Rosana
Albert is the lead graduate student working on the development of a promising new approach for controlling the spread of the mountain pine beetle epidemic in Canada. Photo from the University of Alberta.

University of the Philippines Los Baños alumnus Albert Remus Rosana has been awarded the prestigious Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Graduate Prize at the University of Alberta (UA) in Edmonton, Canada.

The Microbiology graduate from UPLB is one of the three recipients of the annual prize awarded to the most outstanding Killam Memorial Scholar, the UA announced on October 14, 2020.

As one of the three Doctoral Laureates, Rosana received a cash prize worth $5,000 and a certificate of acknowledgment.

Aside from the $5,000 prize, Rosana of the Department of Chemistry and another P.h.D student from the Faculty of Science was granted $50,000 educational support over the next two years of their studies.

The recipients were selected based on their academic achievement, research proposal, letters of recommendation, and leadership qualities.

Rosana, who hails from Sta. Cruz in Laguna will continue his studies on the development of controlling the spread of the mountain pine beetle epidemic that threatens Canada’s forest ecosystem.

The Filipino researcher narrated the impact of the award that has been given to him saying,

“Getting recognized for my work as a graduate student means a lot for an international student like me. This helps in affirming the importance of our efforts, sacrifices, and dreams. I think it also helps me highlight where I came from and provide inspiration to fellow graduate students.”

“This funding will further support me in completing several ongoing national and international collaborative projects. This financial support will help me focus on key priority projects such as the completion of the mountain pine beetle mitigation project as well as several international microbial systematics and agricultural microbiology projects,” he added.

Albert is also a Sessional Science Lecturer at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada.

More outstanding stories of Filipinos in the field of academics include Aldrean Alogon, a farmer’s son who won a 300k USD scholarship grant from America’s Wesleyan University, and Filipino-American Craig McFarland who passed several Ivy League Schools and eventually joined Harvard University

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to UP alumnus Albert Remus Rosana for winning Canada’s Graduate Prize.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.