Researchers of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Maricris E. Ulat, Julieta P. Abuan, Gemma E. Supsup, Marlyn M. Viduya, and Marybel L. Sanchez, with their paper titled “Multivoltine Silkworm Lines, Bombyx mori L. in the Philippines: New Breeds for Higher Cocoon Yield” bagged the Overall Best Paper Award in the 5th International Science, Technology, Engineering, Agri-Fisheries, and Mathematics (STEAM) Research Congress of Eastern Visayas State University, Sept. 1, 9:00 o’clock in the morning at Miguel Romualdez Memorial Auditorium, Eastern Visayas State University, Tacloban City.

The same paper was declared as the Best Paper in the Science Strand category. Meanwhile, the Best Paper for the Technology Strand was “Application of Response Surface Methodology (RSM) In the Optimization of Brined-Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostearatus)” by Lorina A Galvez and Inish Chris P. Mesias of Visayas State University, Baybay City.

On the other hand, the Best Paper for Engineering Strand was “Optimization of the Subsequent (TRANS)Esterification Process of Mahogany (SWIETENIA MACROPHYLLA) Seed Lipid using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide and Methanol” by Juvyneil E. Cartel and Joseph Auresenia of Eastern Visayas State University and De La Salle University.

While the Best Paper for Agri-Fisheries was “Distribution of Collection Sites for Spiny Lobster Puerulus in Palawan, Philippines” by Niño Jess Mar F. Mecha, Lota A. Creencia, Jean Beth S. Jontila, Maria Mojena G. Plasus, and Roger G. Dolorosa of Western Philippines University, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

In addition, the Best Paper for Mathematics Strand was “Assessing the Factorial Validity of the Community of Inquiry Instrument (COI) in Filipino Students: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis” by Ma. Erenita V. Bahian, Edward B. Bertulfo, and Joel Maraviles of Eastern Visayas State University-Ormoc Campus.

The papers were judged based on technical novelty, 25%; academic significance, 25%; contribution to the community, 25%; and quality of information, 25%.

The conduct of the annual International Science, Technology, Engineering, Agri-Fisheries and Mathematics (ISTEAM) Research Congress has been a part of the Eastern Visayas State University’s commitment to raise the bar of research excellence in the academe and contribute significantly to the explosion of knowledge.

The presence of Academician Alvin Culaba, De La Salle University; Academician Gisela Concepcion, University of the Philippines-Diliman; Dr. Mariano Sto.Domingo, University of Maryland, USA, Dr. Joel L. Cuello, University of Arizona, USA, EVSU’s Balik Scientist; and Dr. Tim Eing Ming Wu, Shu-Te University, Taiwan made the research congress truly remarkable.

The Awarding Ceremony and the Day 3 of the event became more meaningful with the plenary talk of Dr. Michael Summers, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, United States of America and Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, DOST Regional Director 8 with his message on digital transformation being done by the Department of Science and Technology.

The event capped off with the Closing Remarks of Dr. Analyn C. Españo,VP-RDE, commending the efforts of the organizers- the top management, through Dr. Dennis C. de Paz, University President; Dr. Benedicto T. Militante,Jr.,VP-Admin and Finance; Dr. Lydia M. Morante, VP-Academic Affairs; Dr. Danilo Pulma, VP-Internationalization and External Affairs; Research Director Pearl Aphrodite Carnice; Committee chairs and members, and co-sponsors of the conference, namely: Commission of Higher Education, Province of Leyte, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering(PAASE), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), and Eastern Visayas Consortium for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (EVCIEERD).