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5 Young Scientists From Top PH Universities Compete for NAST Grant

Five representatives from UP, UST, and AdMU will compete for the 2020 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists.

Five young scientists from the country’s top schools are competing for the 2020 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Talent Search for Young Scientists. The winner will be announced on July 10.

The competition aims to encourage young people to pursue a career in science and technology. (Read: This 18-year-old Yolanda Survivor Wants to Make Science More Understandable to Save Lives) The finalists are Darlon V. Lantican of the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños, Wilfred John E. Santiañez of UP Diliman, Lyn Marie D.J. Corpuz and Lorico D. Lapitan Jr. of the University of Santo Tomas, and Zomesh Artus N. Maini from the Ateneo de Manila University. They will be judged by top Filipino scientists.

Witness this year's five (5) finalists for the 2020 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists as they present their papers…

Posted by NAST PHL on Monday, June 22, 2020


Young Scientists

The national research awards of NAST Philippines hosted the finalists’ paper presentation through Youtube and Facebook Live and on June 26. Their respective papers are as follows:

  • Darlon V. Lantican, UP Los Baños
    • “De Novo Genome Sequence Assembly of Draft Coconut (Cocos Nucifera L. Catigan Green Dwarf) Provides Insights Into Genomic Variation Between Coconut Types and Related Palm Species”
  • Wilfred John E. Santiañez, UP Diliman
    • “Untangling Nets: Elucidating the Diversity and Phylogeny of the Clathrate Brown Algal Genus Hydroclathrus, With the Description of a New Genus Tronoella (Scytosiphonaceae, Phaeophyceae)”
  • Lyn Marie D.J. Corpuz, University of Santo Tomas
    • “Rechargeable Batteries Utilizing 1d Vanadium-Based Electrode: Past, Present, Future”
  • Lorico D. Lapitan Jr., University of Santo Tomas
    • “Magnetic Nanoparticle-Poly-Enzyme Nanobed Sandwich Assay for Direct and Ultrasensitive DNA Detection and Discrimination”
  • Zomesh Artus N. Maini, Ateneo de Manila University
    • “Lead (II) Tolerance and Uptake Capacities of Fungi Isolated From a Polluted Tributary in the Philippines”

The winner, which will be announced during the NAST PHL Virtual Awarding Ceremony, will receive a cash price, a plaque of recognition from NAST PHL, and P500,000 research grant from the Department of Science and Technology. (READ: 5 Filipinos Who Made Names in NASA and Space-Related Fields)

Good luck to the country’s future scientists!


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