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Outstanding Young Scientist Award: What Should You Know About It?

Science is for all. And being young is not a hindrance to doing excellent scientific work.  With that regard, the field of science has no age limit, and so every young Filipino is encouraged to discover their full potential. With so many brilliant minds in the country, there is no doubt that many young Filipinos have made a sound contribution to this field. They have created significant studies and discoveries at their age, which helped the government solve many issues in the different sectors. Here is the information you need to learn with the OYS award from the science and technology news Philippines.

What is an Outstanding Young Scientist Award?

The Outstanding Young Scientist Award is one of the many significant awards in the country that is given by the highest science policy advisory body, the National Academy of Science and Technology. This award is given to excellent and outstanding scientists aged 41 years old and below who have made a magnificent contribution to the science and technology of the country. Also, the OYS awards have only been given to 12 individuals in a year since 1980.

Who is awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist?

The Outstanding Young Scientist award should be given to a Filipino citizen who must not be 41 years old or younger between January to December of the year of the awarding. They must have an exceptional ability to conduct scientific research and put every piece of information in papers published in reputable scientific journals. The scientist must also have a good moral character to be considered a deserving awardee with an excellent attitude.

What divisions are for the OYS award?

The award recognizes six scientific divisions. Among the said divisions, there can only be twelve Outstanding Young Awards available in a year. It means that the prize is split among the following divisions:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences and Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences

What are the criteria for judging the OYS awardees?

Choosing the awardees for every year’s OYS is based on the set criteria. The following criteria are the basis of judging who is deserving to win the award of an outstanding young scientist. The scientists are judged according to the following criteria:

  • A scientist’s quality and number of scientific works and publications that they had done,
  • A scientist’s overall contributions to the advancement of science and science in general in the country,
  • And a scientist’s contribution to the well-being of the Philippine economy and culture.

The nominations for these awards are based on these three given criteria. The decision will then be made by the heads of the government or private research institutions, departments of colleges or universities, or academic or professional scientific organizations or societies.

What are the requirements for the OYS award?

The Outstanding Young Scientist award application has a checklist. If you have known someone who has passed on all the qualifications of being a nominee, you can submit the following requirements for nomination on the last working day of November. The requirements checklist is as follows:

  • Accomplished nomination form
  • College-level, higher degree, and graduate level, undergraduate diplomas, and transcripts of records
  • Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) birth certificate
  • Three (3) essential research publications
  • A two-minute video that explains the nominee’s many important science and technology contributions to society 
  • Article about the nominee where it states his or her scientific and technical contributions to the society that is not more than 1,000 words
  • Five (5) high-resolution photos with captions that excellently describe or depict the nominee’s present scientific work

Take note that submission of nominations is made online. You can visit recognition.nast.dost.gov.ph and submit the electronic copy of your nomination in pdf format through the awards@nast.dost.gov.ph email. 

What will the Outstanding Young Scientist awardee receive?

To recognize the hard work and dedication of every young scientist who made a significant contribution to the science and technology of the Philippines, they are given an excellent award equal to their brilliant scientific works and publications in their respective divisions. In addition, every Outstanding Young Scientist will receive a trophy, a monetary prize of P150,000, and a P1 million research grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for an approved proposal. 

2022 Outstanding Young Scientist 

Eleven professionals are awarded for this year’s Outstanding Young Scientist award. The awardees come from the top universities in the country, such as the University of the Philippines (UP), De La Salle University, and the University of Santo Tomas. They have shown outstanding and exemplary performance in the field of science, which made them the pride of their division and area. 

Here are the 2022 Outstanding Young Scientists:

  • Dr. Maria Ruth Pineda-Cortel
  • Dr. Nikki Heherson Dagamac
  • Dr. Darlon V. Lantican
  • Dr. Roscinto Ian C. Lumbres
  • Dr. Arnel B. Beltran
  • Dr. Ronnie E. Baticulon
  • Dr. Allan Christopher C. Yago
  • Dr. Michael Ralph M. Abrigo
  • Dr. Paul Gideon D. Lasco
  • Dr. Arnel Beltran
  • Dr. John Frederick Tapia

The Outstanding Young Scientist award is truly a remarkable achievement for every scientist. It pays for all the effort they have put into their scientific work, making a sound contribution to the country. So if you wish to become the next OYS awardee, buckle yourself with deep knowledge and significant scientific discoveries so you can meet the qualifications of becoming an outstanding scientist of your generation. 

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