UP researchers dominate 2020 Outstanding Young Scientists National Awards

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UP Young Scientists National Awards
The 2020 Outstanding Young Scientists from the University of the Philippines. Photo from UP website.

University of the Philippines (UP) researchers dominated the 2020 Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) awarded by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

NAST, the Philippines’ highest science policy advisory body, announced 12 new OYS Awardees on its social media on June 11, 2020.

UP had 7 young scientists in the 2020 edition of the annual NAST awards given to young Filipino scientists who are 40 years old and below and have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and well-being of the Philippine economy and culture.

The new UP NAST awardees are:

  1. Dr. Remil L. Galay of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, for the field of Veterinary Science
  2. Dr. Rodney H. Perez of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, for the field of Microbial Technology
  3. Dr. Jaime Alfonso M. Aherrera of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, for the field of Cardiology
  4. Dr. Francis Norman C. Paraan of the University of the Philippines Diliman, for the field of Physics
  5. Dr. Marlon T. Conato of the University of the Philippines Diliman, for the field of Chemistry
  6. Dr. Betchaida D. Payot of the University of the Philippines Diliman, for the field of Geology
  7. Dr. Aries A. Arugay of the University of the Philippines Diliman, for the field of Political Science

The following are also in the 2020 NAST awardees:

  1. Dr. Adrian P. Ybañez of the Cebu Technological University, for the field of Veterinary Science
  2. Dr. Melbourne R. Talactac of the Cavite State University, for the field of Veterinary Science
  3. Dr. Argel A. Bandala of the De La Salle University, for the field of Electronics and Communications Engineering
  4. Dr. Erees Queen B. Macabebe of the Ateneo de Manila University, for the field of Physics
  5. Dr. Erika Fille T. Legara of the Asian Institute of Management, for the field of Physics

Established in 1980, the NAST OYS Awards receives nominations from the heads of government or private research institutions, college or university departments, and/or academic or professional scientific organizations or societies.

The NAST Awardees are selected based on:

  • Quality and number of scientific works and publications
  • Contributions to the advancement of science in general and science in the Philippines
  • Contributions to the well-being of the Philippine economy and culture

UP and its scientists have received countless recognitions in the field of research and quality education.

UP scientists developed the first Philippine-made COVID-19 test kits and the RxBox Vital Signs Monitoring Device.

UP has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Asian Awards 2020 for Research Excellence.

UP also led the Philippine universities on the Quacquarelli Symonds World Universities Rankings (QS WUR) for the Philippines in the latest edition released this June 2020.

Send CHEERS in the comments below to the Philippines’ Outstanding Young Scientists who have made significant contributions in the field of science and technology.

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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.