Sunday, June 25, 2017

GeneSoc produces 19 new grads; five laudes and two MS

By: Sean Santos (Hybrizyme)


LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – On June 24 (Saturday), 19 members of The UPLB Genetics Society wear their sablays during the 45th Commencement Exercises of UPLB, signaling the culmination of their years of hardwork and perservance in the University. They are among the thousands of fresh graduates who will be part of the next set of leaders, scientists and educators who could change the nation and uplift the lives of the masses.

Among the 19 graduates of GeneSoc are 14 BS Biology students. Among these, six are Microbiology majors, namely: Nicole R. Espinas (Polylinker), Mary Faith Y. Adan (Proteasome), Patricia Rose A. Melanio (Proteasome), Keach Nicole F. Lotho (Riboswitch), Jerard Iane R. Monge (Riboswitch), and Jenica L. Salvatierra (Riboswitch).

The other five are Cell and Molecular Biology Majors who are: Paul Jhon P. Diezon (Phagemids), Nadine Q. Lutao (Riboswitch), Lorenzo Raphael M. Roxas (Riboswitch), Morel Dominic D. Umipon (Proteasome), and Mary Krystel V. Carmona (Proteasome).

The other BS Biology students are Rochelle B. Sarmiento (Polylinker) who has a major in Genetics, Pamela Ysabel B. Medoza (Cyclosome) in Zoology and Louis John Angelo Reaño (Iterons) in Ecology.

Also among the list are 3 Genes from the College of Agriculture. The two are BS Agriculture students namely: Jayson L. Gandia (Riboprobes) who has a major in Horticulture, and Heway Christian Serra (Phagemids) in Agronomy. The other one is Shaira Bañega (Polylinker) who took up BS Agricultural Biotechnology.

Meanwhile, Professor Jickerson P. Lado (Integrons) and John Carlo Marasigan (Euchromatin) graduate in UPLB for an MS in Genetics.

The five laudes

A total of five GeneSoc members were called on stage with a Latin honor after their names. Morel Dominic D. Umipon and Paul Jhon Diezon have a magna cum laude distinction while Rochelle B. Sarmiento, Mary Faith Y. Adan and Heway Christian L. Serra graduate as cum laude.

Morel Dominic D. Umipon, magna cum laude
Course: BS Biology – Major in Cell and Molecular Biology.
In 2015 and 2016, Umipon was ranked 3rd in the Top CAS Outstanding Students (Junior and Senior category). He is also a member of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  In AY 2016-2017, he was elected as the Education Committee Head of GeneSoc. For his plans, he wants to pursue Medicine after he graduates.

Paul Jhon P. Diezon, magna cum laude
Course: BS Biology- Major in Cell and Molecular Biology
In 2016, Diezon was named as the Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines and CAS Most Outstanding Student. He also ranked 4th in the Top CAS Outstanding Students (Senior category). Due to his excellent academic performance, he was inducted as a member of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society and The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He also once became the Editor-In-Chief of GENEWS, the official publication of the organization. After graduation, Diezon plans to teach and earn a Master’s degree. He also wants to delve into cancer research.

Rochelle B. Sarmiento, cum laude
Course: BS Biology – Major in Genetics
In 2016, Sarmiento ranked 11th in the 2016 Top CAS Outstanding students. She is also a member of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society for her exemplary academics. She also held several roles in the organization. In AY 2015-2016, she was elected as the head of the Outreach Committee. The following school year, she was elected as the Public Relations Officer, becoming part of the Executive Committee. She plans to go to Medical school the next year.

Mary Faith Adan, cum laude
Course: BS Biology – Major in Microbiology
Adan is the recipient of the 2017 Drina Sta. Iglesia Best Undergraduate Thesis Award (Microbiology). Due to her excellence in her studies, she was inducted as member of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society. She was a member of the Documentation Committee ever since she became part of GeneSoc. She plans to pursue research in the Microbiology field and desires to contribute in advancing the fields of science and technology in the country.

Heway Christian Serra, cum laude
Course: BS Agriculture – Major in Agronomy
Serra’s academic excellence also led him to be inducted as a member of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society. He was once appointed as the Technicals Committee Head of National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest in 2014.

Prof. Lado and Mr. Marasigan graduates with an MS degree
Prof. Jickerson P. Lado, the head of SOAD-OSA and a member of the GMBD faculty, graduates with an MS degree in Genetics – minor in Biochemistry. In 2013 and 2015, he was awarded as the Outstanding Teacher (Institute level). He was also given the UPLB Outstanding Teacher Award (Biological Sciences Junior Faculty category) in 2014. In his undergrad, Prof. Lado took up BS Biology where he majored in Cell and Molecular Biology and graduated as cum laude.


Aside from Prof. Lado, John Carlo M. Marasigan also graduates with an MS degree in Genetics.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Straight to Calderon Hall: Morel Dominic Umipon (Proteasome) qualifies for UP College of Medicine

By: Sean Santos (Hybrizyme)

Morel Dominic Umipon during the Joint Scholars
Convocation of  The International Honor Societies
On August 1, Morel Dominic Umipon will be starting off his 1st day as a medical student of the UP College of Medicine when he heads toward the Calderon Hall, the main building of the prestigious medical school. He, together with other medical students of Class 2022, will be conquering another series of studies that would prepare him to be a next generation doctor. And in a few months, he again will be bringing books, posting note cards, and pulling all-nighters to study the lessons he would one day depend on, including his future patients.

His experience in applying for UPCM

When Umipon applied for UPCM, he wasn’t really aware of the deadlines and requirements in medical schools. He has just overheard that the deadline was very near and so, he submitted his requirements within the last days of the process. When he passed his application, he was just continuously praying, hoping that his submission would at least be accepted.

Weeks after, while he and Vincent Kua Lunario (Riboswitch) were eating at a restaurant, news came in that the latter qualified for the interview when someone texted him. Though Umipon was proud for the latter’s feat, he was also anxious that he might never be able to study at UPCM.  Fortunately, he received a text telling him that he also qualified for the interview. At that point, he was not able to focus in reviewing for his upcoming exam out of deep joy and sheer astonishment.

On the interview day, Umipon admitted that he was really anxious of what would happen since he  admitted that he doesn’t know how to respond to questions that are either personal or opinionated, though he was excellent in the academic ones. When his turn came, he tried to calm himself as he sat down. As what he expected, he was asked a series of personal questions. He felt afterwards that he has not given the exact answers to the questions, and this saddened him. He thought he would not pass the interview and he felt sorry for his beloved mother who hopes he would have a chance to qualify.

Days have passed when, out of nowhere, he got a news from his friend that he qualified for UPCM. Surprised with what he learned, he was somehow teary-eyed and delighted at the same time. His dream that he only thought of is already a reality that he can see. His five-year path is already cleared for him.

His plans after med school

Once he pass the licensure exam, Umipon plans to specialize in Internal Medicine because he wants to help his family and relatives who were, in the first place, one of his inspirations in taking the medical track. He also desires to work in a public hospital since he wants to provide medical care for the underprivileged. He also added that he desires to work as a barrio doctor especially in his mother’s hometown in Zamboanga because he feels that it is there where his service would be of utmost help to the people who live far-off from the city. Lastly, he wants to setup his own clinic, a thing which he and his mother dream to have.

His achievements

For two straight years (2015 and 2016), Umipon ranked 3rd among his batch in the roster of the Top CAS Outstanding Students. He is also a member of the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Sigma Biological Honor Sciences Society for his exemplary performance in academics. In fact, during the first semester of the Academic Year 2016-2017, he was able to obtain a GWA of flat 1.00 while having a full load. He is presumed to have a distinction of magna cum laude once he graduates.

His leadership

Umipon handled some key roles in the organization. In 2015, when he first joined GeneSoc, he started out as a Projects Committee member. He was then appointed as the Head of the Medicine and Supplies Committee of the Medical Mission the next year. And, in the Academic Year 2016-2017, he became part of the Executive Committee when he was elected as the Education Committee Head.

When asked about his hopes he said, “Although my journey is just about to start, for me, my duty is not as grand as to save everyone in this world from cancer, but to save individual life, one after the other”.

He also wishes that there will come a time when, “…death is not the only choice for sick people”.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Next Initiator: Rozel Razal as the new president of GeneSoc

By: Sean Santos (Hybrizyme)


Rozel B. Razal poses for the photoshoot of Genetics Week 2016
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA -- All roads are now paved for Rozel B. Razal (Batch Aptamers) who was recently elected as the new president of The UPLB Genetics Society for the Academic Year 2017-2018.

In her term, Razal aims to promote the themes, “Stability in Mobility” and “Passion for Excellence” as stated in her GPOA.

She envisions GeneSoc to be a premier organization in terms of high-quality, socially relevant activities and well-rounded healthy members. She also foresees the Executive Committee as the “driving force” that would lead the organization in attaining unity.

For her plans, she wants to sustain and even exceed the quality of GeneSoc’s activities. She also desires the organization to be a community where age and gender are not discriminated and respect among the members are given prime importance.

The other nominees for the presidential post were Marie Alessandra T. Reyes (Batch Casposons) and Leann F. Suiton (Batch Cyclosome).

Get to know Rozel Razal

Rozel Razal is an incoming 4th year student currently taking up BS Biology – Major in Cell and Molecular Biology.

She was appointed as the Sponsorships Committee Head of PalaCASan 2016, a semester-long sports activity. She was also the Medicines Committee Head of the Medical Mission of GeneSoc for two straight years.

Razal also excelled in the academic arena. In fact, she was named as one of the Top CAS Outstanding Students in 2015 and 2016, ranking 3rd and 4th, respectively.  She was also recently inducted as a new member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for being part of the top 7.5% of the junior students of the University.

Her team of officers
The newly-inducted officers of The UPLB Genetics Society for the Academic Year 2017-2018 poses for a photo after the Induction Ceremony held in Anilao, Batangas. 
Razal would be joined by the new set of officers who would also lead the organization for the Academic Year 2017-2018. Her team would be comprised of: Marie Alessandra T. Reyes (Casposons) as the Vice-President and Membership Committee Head, Ma. Katrina Dela Peña (Casposons) as the Secretary and Documentation Committee Head, Hannah S. De Jesus (Cyclosome) as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Head, Ahllyzzia Irish A. Montifar (Hybrizyme) as the Public Relations Officer and Public Relations Committee Head, Joana Marie C. Cruz (Cyclosome) as the Education Committee Head, Sean Timothy B. Gacutan (Helitron) as the Projects Committee Head, Ivan Matthew E. Tolentino (Aptamers) as the Publicity Committee Head, Uriah Z. Pancho (Replichore) as Technicals Committee Head and Sean Lemuel L. Santos (Hybrizyme) as the GENEWS Editor-In-Chief, Leann F. Suiton (Cyclosome) as the NIGQC Committee Head, Cherlstin Grace E. Balisi (Replichore) as the Genetics Camp Committee Head, Michelia Merrill Linne D. Malabrigo (Hybrizyme) as the Outreach Committee Head and Joshua E. Hernandez (Riboswitch) as the VYLH Committee Head.

In her term, Razal hopes that the objectives of the organization would be continuously met and that the works of GeneSoc would always be done for the welfare of the people. For her members, she wants them to grow as well-rounded and healthy individuals who would work in a supportive and healthy atmosphere.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GeneSoc members among the newly inducted members of Phi Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies

By: The GENEWS Team

Eight members of The UPLB Genetics Society (GeneSoc) attended the induction ceremonies of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society last May 13, 2017 at the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman, Quezon City, and the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the New College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium, UPLB last May 24.
                                                   
New Phi Sigma Members                   

Newly-inducted members of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society (L-R: Vincent Kua D.O. Lunario, Rency J. Raquid, Paul Jhon P. Diezon, Pamela Ysabel B. Mendoza, Mary Faith Y. Adan, Rochelle B. Sarmiento)
Mary Faith Y. Adan
Faith of Batch Proteasome is a BS Biology major in Microbiology Student. She has been a member of GeneSoc’s Documentation Committee since she became part of the organization. Aside from Phi Sigma, she has recently been inducted as a senior member of The International Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi last May 24.

Shaira F. Bañega
A BS Agricultural Biotechnology major in Crop Biotechnology student, Shaira (Batch Polylinker) led the Awards Committee of the two major activities of GeneSoc— the 2015 National Intercollegiate Genetics Quiz Contest (NIGQC) and 2016 Genetics Camp. 

Paul Jhon P. Diezon
Paul Jhon (Batch Phagemids), a BS Biology major in Cell and Molecular Biology student, was recently awarded as one of the 2016 Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines. He has also been recognized as among the Top 44 CAS Outstanding Students in 2015 and 2016. Aside from Phi Sigma, PJ was also inducted as a junior member of Phi Kappa Phi last 2015.

Reinier John D. Grona
Reinier John of Batch Riboswitch majors in Cell and Molecular Biology under UPLB’s BS Biology program. He spearheaded GeneSoc’s Logistics and Accommodations Committee during the NIGQC in 2015.

Vincent Kua D.O. Lunario
A BS Biology major in Genetics student, Vincent (Batch Riboswitch) was the Logisitcs Committee Head during GeneSoc’s Medical Mission in 2016. He also served as the Technicals Committee Head of Genetics Camp 2016. He has also recently been inducted as a senior member of Phi Kappa Phi last May 24.

Pamela Ysabel B. Mendoza
Pamela of Batch Cyclosome is taking up BS Biology major in Zoology. She has been a member of GeneSoc’s Documentation Committee since she joined the organization. She is also a part of the UPLB Women’s Football Varsity.

Rency J. Raquid
Majoring in Plant Biology, Rency (Batch Riboswitch) served as GeneSoc's Documentation Committee Head (AY 2015-2016) and NIGQC Steering Committee Head (AY 2016-2017).

Rochelle B. Sarmiento
Taking up BS Biology major in Genetic, Rochelle (Batch Polylinker) was among the 2015 and 2016 Top 44 CAS Outstanding Students. She was also the former Outreach Committee Head and the current Public Relations Committee Head of GeneSoc. Apart from Phi Sigma, she was also inducted as a junior member of Phi Kappa Phi last 2016.

New Phi Kappa Phi Members

Newly-inducted Phi Kappa Phi members
(L-R: Vincent Lunario, Rozel Razal, and Faith Adan)
Being elected to membership of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi this year are Faith Adan, Vincent Lunario, and Rozel Razal.

Rozel B. Razal
Rozel (Batch Aptamers) headed the 2016 Sponsorhips Committee of PalaCASan and the Committee for Medicines during the 2016 Medical Mission. She was also recognized as part of the 2015 and 2016 Top 44 CAS Outstanding Students. This AY 2017-2018, Rozel is set to lead the organization as she has recently been elected as the President/Executive Committee Head of GeneSoc.

2015 and 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Inductees of GeneSoc

Paul Jhon Diezon
PJ Diezon was elected to membership of The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 2015. Rochelle Sarmiento, Morel Dominic Umipon, and Heway Christian Serra, were among the inductees of Phi Kappa Phi in 2016.

Morel Dominic D. Umipon
Majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology, Morel Dominic of Batch Proteasome is the current Education Committee Head of GeneSoc. He was among the Top 44 CAS Outstanding Students in 2015 and 2016.

Heway Christian A. Serra
Heway (Batch Phagemids), who took up BS Agriculture Major in Agronomy, was the Technicals Committee Head of NIGQC in 2014. Aside from Phi Kappa Phi, he was also inducted as a member of Phi Sigma in 2016.

Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society

An international honor society in the biological sciences devoted to the promotion of research and academic excellence, Phi Sigma was founded on March 1915 at the Ohio State University in Columbia, Ohio. The Alpha Chi Chapter was established through the efforts of the late Dr. Gregorio T. Velasquez with membership in the American Association of College Honor Societes and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Members of Phi Sigma are expected to maintain high scholarship, promote active research, and acquaint others with results of worthy achievements in the biological field.

The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is among the oldest and most respected academic honor societies with more than 1 million members in its global network. Membership to this honor society is highly competitive and is by invitation only, requiring nomination and approval by the respective chapters of the honor society. Those invited to membership include the upper 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors, outstanding graduate students, faculty, administrators, professional staff and alumni.
 The University of the Philippines Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 045, was installed on January 17, 1933 by 14 scholars. The chapter has almost 9,000 members to date.