/ 17 July 2022

STUDENTS of the University of Santo Tomas emerged winners in the Undergraduate Student Research Competition organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

Two studies of the BS Nutrition and Dietetics students were selected for presentation following an initial screening by the board of judges.

Trishia Afundar, Angelica Alandy-dy, Bryan Borja, Gaena Cruz, Shereene Ko, Daniel Salunga, and Florimae Paimalan were recognized for their study entitled ‘The Experiences of Registered Nutritionist-Dietitians in the Hospital, Food Industry and Public Health Setting During the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis in the Philippines: A Qualitative Study’.

The work of Afundar and Co. won first place, earning them a plaque of recognition and cash prize of P15,000.

Meanwhile, Pamela Diane Yanga, Aria Gaia Ambray, Jhon Paolo Steven Cajucom, Anna Margarita Martinez, Aubrie Verceles, Daniel Salunga, Florimae Paimalan, and Diane Mendoza were acknowledged for their work titled ‘Development of Nutrition Storybook Series with Learning Activities on the Selected Messages from Ten Kumainments in Promoting Healthy Diet and Active Lifestyle for School-Aged Filipino Children.’

Yanga’s group won second place, earning a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of P12,000.

The learners were accompanied by the chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Asst. Prof. Kathleen Cruzada.

Dubbed ‘Inobasyon at Solusyon sa Bagong Hamon ng Nutrisyon’,  the event highlighted the completed research and development outputs and science and technology activities of DOST-FNRI.