Six lady researchers were granted the prestigious 2019 DOST-Newton PhD Scholarship here at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City last Friday, last February 26, 2020.

Criteria for the choice was not gender-related, but based on the merits of their research proposals. These ladies have excelled in their respective fields, and their Scholarships at renowned universities granted to them would make a difference to our future, and the future of our youth.

The enhancement of the molecular surveillance and diagnostics of dengue virus  is the expertise of Maria Jowina Galarion, from UP manila.

To understand the nature of rabies, its control and elimination, through her research in the molecular level, Criselda Bautista will be sent to the University of Glasgow for this study. She is from the DOST-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Maria Carmen Fernandez will deal with conflict in the affected cities of Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Marawi, focusing on reconstruction and exploring the dynamics of complex urban crisis and forced displacement through spatial modeling.

Carla Mae Pausta of De La Salle University will study at the University of Surrey to improve urban wastewater management and protect water quality in lakes.

Investigating the role of catchment characteristics in response of different basins across the country to hydrometeorological events will be the research work of Pamela Louise Tolentino at the University of Glasgow,

Julianne Vilela of UP Los Banos will research to be able to develop advanced vaccines against viral diseases affecting poultry production.

The British Council and DOST have partnered to co-fund the Newton Fund Programme to support collaborations between the Philippines and the UK on Science and Innovation.