Three graduating Thomasians received the 2003 Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Science Award last Feb. 6 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex auditorium.

College of Science students Jaymie Clair Ang and Abelyn Methanie Laurito, and Faculty of Engineering undergraduate Carlo Isidro emerged the top three Thomasian nominees based on their outstanding scholastic achievements, leadership potentials, and researches.

Established in 1989, the BPI Science Awards recognizes students who excel in specialized fields of science and technology particularly mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and computer science.

Ang, a Biology major, researched on the “Assessment of the Fungicidal Activity of the Fluid Found in the Young Pitchers of Nepenthes Alaba Blanco.” Ang said the research could be used to develop antibiotics for certain fungal infections.

On the other hand, Isidro, a Chemical Engineering student, in “Optimization of a Carbon Monoxide Film for Environmental Monitoring” developed a sensor to detect carbon monoxide concentration in the environment.

Meanwhile, Laurito, a Computer Science senior, developed a website that will help businesses advertise their products. Registered companies in “txtbiz.com” can advertise their products through short messaging (text messaging) to the website’s registered members. Also, operator logos, picture messages, and ring tones are available for free downloading.

Aside from UST, students from Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Silliman University, St. Louis University, UP-Diliman, UP-Los Baños, University of San Carlos, and Xavier University were also cited for their researches. Teodoro Lorenzo A. Fernandez and Elka Krystle R. Requinta

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