BSc Biology students from the College of Science won awards in the Young Systematic Biologists Forum held in conjunction with the 35th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines, from May 28-31, 2017 in the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City.

Winning First Place for the study “Molecular phylogeny of selected Philippine Ophiorrhiza L. [Ophiorrhizeae-Rubiaceae] including two new endemic species” were Neil Joseph Lee, Christian Alvin T. Arca, Ana Maria Rosella D. Carreon, Ricardo T. Jalipa III, and Niña Kathryn G. Alfeche, under the advisory of Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.

UST students likewise clinched the top two spots in the Research Poster contest. Winning first place was Elfritzson Peralta, under their advisers Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, PhD and Mr. Jonathan Carlo Briones, PhD of UST, Dr. Francis Magbanua of University of the Philippines – Diliman, and Dr. Noboru Okuda of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan. They worked on the study “Taxonomic Sufficiency: Implications from ecological studies on aquatic insects in Philippine watersheds.”

Winning 2nd Best Research Poster Award in the same event were Joe Alvin H. Chua, Tim Eric Dave B. Bautista, Alyssa Marie A. Lola, Marie Stephanie L. Macalino, Jay Edneil C. Olivar, and Hidenori S. Tomimatsu. They worked on the study “Utilization of high performance liquid chromatography [HPLC] and barcoding for the authentication of Ehretia microphylla Lam. [Tsaang gubat] and Blumea balsanifera L. [Sambong] derived products.” They were advised by Prof. Allan Patrick G. Macabeo, Dr. rer. nat. and Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.

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