A ranking Department of Science and Technology (DOST) official urged Thomasian researchers to “dig deep” into their understanding of research and development, during the 2005 Science and Technology Undergraduate Research symposium last Feb. 17 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex auditorium.

Engr. Niñaliza Escorial, DOST-Industrial Technology Division chief, said researchers should consider new technological innovations that would harness research productivity.

“The concept of research and development should include knowing the importance of your work,” she explained. “It is only when you see your research being applied that you will realize to pursue this.”

In addition, the UST Chemical Engineering alumna stressed the importance of linkages and that the University should further look into industry and academic collaborations.

“Through linkages, the University would not only address financial resource problems,” Escorial said. “It would also train students and faculty. Actual exposure is better with industry.”

To date, the university’s research linkages are concentrated on natural products.

Ninety students from the College of Science, College of Education, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Engineering simultaneously presented their theses on civil engineering, chemical engineering, urban planning/psychology, materials science, environmental sciences, biochemistry/molecular biology, pharmacy/pharmacology, natural products/photochemistry, food science, and sensors/analytical chemistry during the event. Jefferson O. Evalarosa

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