Filipino aspiring scientists take research to global stage

Young Filipino aspiring scientists have taken their research to the international stage.

Twelve students from different schools in the country has been giving pride to the country while making a name of their own at the ongoing Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Arizona.

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The students are currently representing the country in the largest pre-college science competition worldwide.

They are John Eric Aggarao, Kathleen Chloie Antonio, Anna Beatriz Suavengco, Maria Isabel Lyson, Neil David Cayanan, Shaira Gozun, E’van Relle Tongol, Maryjoise Karla Buan, Alpha Acain, Lester Sabadao, Lia Denise Tan, and Nathaniel Reyes.

The contest, which gathers top young scientific minds from across the globe to showcase their research on the international stage, started last May 12 and runs until May 17.

According to a report, the Philippines’ representatives were also the winners of the 2019 National Science and Technology Fair led by the Department of Education in February.

They were also the first recipients of the Gokongwei Brother Foundation Young Scientist Award.

Even with the ongoing international competition, the 12 young scientists are already winners as they were recently granted with scholarships in a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Engineering (STEM) degree in their dream universities.


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It is an award given to learners who have “shown excellence in the field of Science and Technology, and in producing researches and projects which could improve the lives of the Filipinos or solve the country’s biggest problems.”

The students’ trip expenses were also shouldered by the Gokongwei Brother Foundation.

General Manager Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng of the Gokongwei Brother Foundation said that “sponsoring our young scientists in this competition can boost their confidence in the global standards of scientific research.”

Cheng furthered that the young Filipino scientists representing the country in a prestigious competition is “a testament to the Filipino youth’s exceptional ingenuity and potential in STEM.”