To honor its patron saint, St. Antoninus of Florence, the Graduate School held the 6th St. Antoninus Research Forum for Best Paper Presentation on April 6, 2019 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex.
A total of 20 graduate student finalists from different higher education institutions in the country, namely, University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, Ateneo de Manila University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Our Lady of Fatima University, Mapúa University, Philippine Normal University, Centro Escolar University, Adamson University, University of the East, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Trinity University of Asia, University of San Carlos, Silliman University, Ateneo de Davao, Institute of Technology, MSU-Iligan and the University of Santo Tomas participated in the forum.
This annual event spearheaded by the Office for Graduate Research is held for the presentation of papers based on theses and dissertations and research papers from coursework. The St. Antoninus Graduate Research Forum is also a competition for graduate students aimed at encouraging them to publish their research outputs.
Seven graduate students whose research in the areas of the Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities/Business, Economics, Literature, Social Sciences and Education, Educational Management, and Political Science were named winners.
Named winners in the different categories were: Category 1- Research Papers from Course Works (Natural Sciences), “A Preliminary Study on the Detection of Fusobacterium nucleatum and fadA adhesin gene on Selected Clinical Samples,” Karen Reyes, (MSc. Microbiology, UST); Category 1- Research Papers from Course Works (Arts & Humanities/Business), “An ASEAN Digital Single Market: Boosting the Aspiration for a Single Market in the Digital Era,” Paul John Mendoza Peña, (PhD Economics, DLSU), and “Is the Whole Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Analyzing the ASEAN’s Export Competitiveness,” Eva Marie DG. Aragones, (MS Economics, DLSU).
Under Category 2- Research Papers Based on Thesis/Dissertation, the winning research was “The Protagonist Detective in the Traditional and Modern Philippine Detective Story,” Ruth Clare G. Torres, (MA Literature, UST), and under Category 2- Research Papers Based on Thesis/Dissertation (Social Sciences & Education), two papers won: ”Out-of-Field Teaching: Context, Processes and Experiences in Cavite Public Secondary Schools,” Mary Ann B. Gatpandan, (PhD Educ. Management, DLSU); and “Exploring the Environmental Engagement of the Catholic Church: A Case Study of the Lay Faithful Opposition against the Obando Landfill,” Harold D. Blando, (MA Political Science, UST).
Under the Sciences, there was a winner under Category 2- Research Papers Based on Thesis/Dissertation (Sciences), “Molecular Identification and Phylogeny of Selected Philippine Timonius DC. Species Found in the Provinces of Dinagat and Samar, including Three New Endemic Species,” Alyssa Marie A. Lola, (MSc. Biology, UST).
The research forum was graced by Graduate School alumnus Dr. Gerardo C. Janairo, who delivered an inspirational message and talked about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Janairo is the former Chancellor of De La Salle University, Manila, where he is also a full Professor of Chemistry. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemistry from the University of Santo Tomas and his doctorate in Chemistry from Eberhard Karl Universität zu Tϋbingen in Germany.