“Research should be pursued to benefit humanity.”
This was the answer of Mr. Michael A. Casas, one of our faculty at PSHS SMC when asked about his philosophy in conducting research. He added that as a research adviser, he mentors his students to conduct researches that will have a positive impact to communities.
As an educator, Mr. Casas was involved in funded research projects on water quality, environmental science, natural products, and analytical chemistry collaborating with experts in the field.
His research project with Dr. Anthony C. Sales, Ms. Ludivina M. Porticos, Ms. Hydie R. Maspiñas, Mr. Porferio R. Jabla and Ms. Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla entitled “Assessment of the Extent of Implementation of Standards and Procedures for Water Safety in the Philippines” was published in BMJ Open, an online, open access journal.
The research looks into the extent of implementation of the water safety plans among drinking water providers in the Philippines.
The research can be accessed through the following link: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/Suppl_1/bmjopen-2015-forum2015abstracts.74.abstract
Mr. Casas shared that he targets to publish more researches and the researches of his students in support of the vision of the Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus Director Dr. Jonald Fenecios to strengthen the research and publication culture of PSHS SMC.
About the Published Faculty:
Mr. Michael A. Casas is an alumnus (Batch 2006) of PSHS SMC. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Ateneo de Davao University and conducted his research on natural products under Dr. Lourdes Simpol. His undergraduate research won numerous awards including the prestigious BPI-DOST Science Award in 2010 and emerged as the 2nd-runner-up for the Best Project of the Year competition. He finished his Master’s Degree in Chemistry at Ateneo de Davao University in 2016 and conducted his research on chromatography and separation science under Dr. Agnes T. Aranas. He was also able to work on researches funded by the Department of Science and Technology. Mr. Casas is currently teaching Chemistry and Research, serves as the coordinator of the Innovation and Technology Support Office and serves as the Assistant CID Chief of the Natural Science and Research Department of PSHS SMC.
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The study of Grade 12 research team composed of Leener Kate B. Alucilja, Kaye Richelle A. Duarte, and Tom Manuel O. Piccio entitled “𝘊𝘳𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘌𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘐𝘱𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘦𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘴 (𝘚𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘗𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘰) 𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘮 𝘐𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘴𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘗𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨” caught the attention of the panelists during the online oral defense and eventually made the team garner the third place during the PACSiyensya (Science Investigatory Project Competition) held online on February 20, 2021.
PACSiyensya, formerly known as IP Contest, is one of the main events of the Junior Chemistry Congress 2021 organized by the Philippine Association of Chemistry Students, Inc. (PACS, Inc.).
The whole Pisay SMC community is very jubilant of this recognition. The Campus Director, Mr. Jonald Fenecios himself proudly said, “The school administration is always at your back and is proud of you dear scholars for all of your accomplishments, most especially when it comes to research and scientific innovations. Great job!”
Bagwis-Agham writer and grade 10 student Jucille Kate Delos Santos emerged as champion in the Science News Writing (Filipino) category and Sci-Wings journalist and also grade 10 student Sophia Dominique Ann Samson won third place in the Science Feature Writing (English) category during the AURUM ONLINE PRESS CONFERENCE held online last February 17, 2021.
This online press conference with the theme “F𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚜: 𝙿𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚂𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝙹𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚖 𝙰𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚄𝚜" was organized by the UP Biochemistry Society with the advocacy of making science journalism more fun and accessible for everyone.
The school paper advisers and coaches Mr. Johnel Lumacao and Ms. Sheila Allong were very proud of how the students excelled in the contest despite the inconvenient and challenging new normal setup of having to do the training and practice virtually.
Included in this post were the actual entries of the students generously uploaded by the organizers in their Facebook page.