UOG hosts Filipino high school science interns


Seven students from the Philippine Science High School Western Visayas Campus in Iloilo City, Philippines, completed an 80-hour science immersion internship this summer at the University of Guam. Back row, from left, Dr. Lee S. Yudin, dean of the College of Natural & Applied Sciences at the University of Guam; Joemar Ramos, teacher chaperone for PSHS students; Matt Mills, marine biology graduate student at UOG; Daniel Adriano, teaching assistant at CNAS; Eduardo Biala, laboratory technician III at CNAS; Karla Wang, laboratory technician supervisor at CNAS; and Carlos R. Taitano, director of Professional & International Programs at UOG. Front row, from left, PSHS students J.P. P. Superficial; Gideon Bendicion; Beverly Constantino; Justin Tan; Amos Tuangco; Amos Tuangco; and Ryne Molina. (UOG)

The College of Natural & Applied Sciences and the Marine Laboratory at the University of Guam hosted high school students from the Philippines in June and July for an 80-hour science immersion internship program.

The Philippine Science High School Western Visayas Campus in Iloilo City, Philippines, initially reached out with the request, as seven students had indicated a preference for interning at UOG based on their science and research interests.

Three students interned with CNAS, where they experienced an introduction to college chemistry, including standard lab practices and procedures. Four students interned with the marine lab, where they collected calcifying algae from the field and processed the samples in the molecular lab.

“This was a great way to promote the university to foreign students who are trying to figure out what path they would like to pursue when they graduate high school,” said Carlos R. Taitano, director of UOG’s Professional & International Programs.

UOG graduate students served as the internship site supervisors. They benefitted from the exchange as well, Taitano said, by being able to showcase their knowledge and expertise in their fields of study.

The internship is a requirement for the school’s 10th and 11th grade students in order to provide them hands-on science laboratory experience, allow them to interact and establish linkages to institutions, scientists, and research practitioners, and inspire their future careers.

The Philippines Science High School System is a service agency of the Philippines’ Department of Science & Technology. It is a specialized public high school system with a mandate to provide scholarships to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and to prepare them for careers in science and technology fields. (UOG)

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