Two chemical engineering students, Mr. Donn Paul Armijo and Mr. Neil Karlo Olegario are the recipients of the 2017 BPI DOST Science Awards. This was announced by the BPI Foundation, through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UPLB. The students also made it as national finalists for “Best Project of the Year” by the same organization.

 

Mr. Armijo and Mr. Olegario received the awards in recognition of their outstanding academic and research performance. Mr. Armijo’s topic on “Process Development for he Local Production of Xylitol from Sugarcane Bagasse” was among the top 8 finalists for “Best Project of the Year”, while Mr. Olegario’s research on the “Flask and Bioreactor Process Optimization for Bacteriocin Production Using Pediococcus acidilacti 3G3 in Rce Bran Extract-Based Medium” was among the top 12.

The BPI-DOST Science Awards in an annual undertaking of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation and the Department to recognize students in science and engineering from partner universities in the Philippines. This year’s theme is “Building Resilient Cities for Sustainable Development”.

 

 

BPI-DOST Science Awardees for UPLB. From the left: Mr. Donn Paul Armijo (chemical engineering), Mr. Gio Ferson Bautista (agricultural chemistry) and Mr. Neil Karlo Olegario (chemical engineering).

 

 

From the left: Dr. Catalino Alfafara (thesis adviser), Engr Maria Victoria Migo (thesis panel member), Mr. Donn Paul Armijo (BPI DOST Science Awardee), Mr. Neil Karlo Olegario (BPI DOST Science Awardee), Dr. Jewel Capunitan (thesis panel member) and Dr. Francisco Elegado (co-Adviser of Mr. Olegario).


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