Ateneans bag awards in Biology tilt

June 13, 2018

A group of graduate students received recognition in the recent 36th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines held May 30 – June 1, 2018 in Butuan City.

Jhoana Garces won the Best Poster Award, while Llara Siglos and Arthien Lovell Pelingen placed 2nd and 3rd with their oral presentations, respectively. The two, along with 3 other students,were accompanied by their advisor Dr. Hendrik Freitag from the Department of Biology.

                 From left: Kyra Mari Dominique Aldaba, Jessica Asuncion, Llara Siglos, Dr. Hendrik Freitag,  Arthien Lovell Pelingen and Patrick Valera

With the aim of promoting and representing the science and practice of taxonomy, systematics and natural history in the country, more than 50 participants attended the symposium comprised of scientists, researchers, educators and students from various universities in the country and abroad. Several activities were conducted, including plenary lectures, poster and oral presentations and Lake Mainit/Agusan Marsh tour. In the same event, Dr. Freitag was re-elected as board member of the organization.

Ateneo graduate students with Dr. Lawrence Liao (ASBP President, Hiroshima University). Photo by Patrick Valera

The awards strengthen the departments’ initiative to play a proactive role in domestic and international biodiversity research projects such as the newly launched Biodiversity Teaching Network BIO-PHIL and the International Citizen Science Initiative Taxonexpedition.