2 SMEd grad students bag 1st place in DOST nat’l conference

Two science education scholar-graduates presented their research papers and were both awarded “First Place” in the oral presentation category of the 7th National Research Conference in Science and Mathematics Education 2021, which was held on November 10-12, 2021 via Zoom. 

Dr. Sylvester T. Cortes, a Ph.D. Science Education major in Biology graduate, bagged First Place with his dissertation, “A Professional Development Program on Designing Classroom Action Research Projects for Science Teachers.” His adviser was Dr. Enriqueta D. Reston, a faculty member of the School of Education.

Judy Mae L. Castillo, an M.A. Science Education major in Physics graduate, also won First Place for her research, “Integration of the Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) Model with Digital Formative Assessment Tools (DFATs) and Student Response Systems (SRSs) in Teaching Geometric Optics” under the mentorship of Dr. Rolando V. Obiedo, faculty member and the graduate school coordinator of the School of Education. 

The Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute (DOST SEI) hosts this annual research conference to encourage CBPSME ongoing scholars or scholar-graduates to share the outputs of their theses/dissertations and to keep research advisers/mentors up to date with the latest trends on pedagogy and new ways of mentoring.

The theme of this year’s conference, which was held in partnership with the National Consortium in Graduate Science and Mathematics Education (NCGSME), was “SME Innovations: Teaching for Diversity and Equity in the New Normal.” Fourteen member-universities nationwide participated in the conference which had almost 1,000 attendees. This year’s virtual conference was hosted by De La Salle University.

The DOST-SEI NCGSME Scholarship Program in USC is led by Dr. Richard R. Jugar as the Project Director. For inquiries on graduate science and mathematics education scholarships, you may call the Science and Mathematics Education Section of the School of Education at 2300100 loc. 146 or email your queries to [email protected].

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