Research Dissemination

Cultivating Innovation: WMSU Hosts Research and Development Colloquium on Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) convened a timely Research and Development Colloquium on Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), fostering collaborative partnerships within the field. Held from November 9th to 11th, 2023, at the Grand Astoria Hotel in Zamboanga City, the colloquium served as a platform for knowledge exchange and exploration of collaborative research opportunities.

The event brought together a distinguished panel of experts from various institutions. Researchers, academicians, and industry representatives engaged in a synergistic exchange of ideas, challenges, and potential avenues for collaboration.

The colloquium emphasized the critical role of research and development (R&D) in promoting sustainable ANR practices. Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena, the president of WMSU, underscored the university’s unwavering commitment to prioritizing R&D efforts. She emphasized its significance in tackling the region’s most pressing challenges in these sectors. Furthermore, Dr. Ochotorena advocated for active university participation in research endeavors, alongside collaboration with key stakeholders. This collaborative approach fosters the generation of knowledge and innovations that contribute to the development of resilient and sustainable agricultural and natural resource systems.

The colloquium provided a platform for showcasing groundbreaking research. WMSU faculty researchers presented their work on the Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) native chicken, a breed renowned for its adaptability and productivity. Their research encompassed various aspects of ZamPen chicken production, including genetic characterization, selection strategies, optimized nutrition and feeding management practices, disease control methods, and exploration of the breed’s economic potential in the marketing sphere. These findings hold promise for developing improved breeding programs, optimizing management practices, and enhancing the marketability of ZamPen chicken products.

An integral component of the colloquium was a dedicated consultative meeting. This session explored opportunities for RDE collaboration among participating institutions. Potential areas of collaboration were identified, including the development of joint research projects, technology transfer initiatives, and the implementation of training programs. The colloquium culminated with a resounding call for continued dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders invested in ANR. This collaborative spirit is paramount in effectively addressing the challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities within the agricultural and natural resources sectors. The event is expected to propel advancements in research and innovation within these critical fields, ultimately paving the way for a more sustainable and resilient future for agriculture and natural resources in the region.


Simultaneous Research Showcase: WMSU Celebrates Innovation at University-Wide Forum

The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) through the Center for Research Utilization, Publication and Information Dissemination (RUPID) successfully hosted its annual University-wide Research Dissemination Forum (URDF) on September 20, 2023. The forum served as a significant platform for researchers from a multitude of disciplines to convene, share their groundbreaking endeavors, and cultivate a vibrant exchange of ideas.

Themed “Resurgence of Discovery: Celebrating Multidisciplinary Research Innovations in the Post-Pandemic Era,” the URDF underscored WMSU’s unwavering commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing the multifaceted challenges of the contemporary world. Throughout the forum, researchers had the opportunity to present their work across various designated sessions. Each session culminated in stimulating panel discussions, fostering insightful dialogue amongst experts and generating valuable feedback that paves the way for future collaborative efforts.

The forum further distinguished itself by celebrating the remarkable achievements of young researchers. A dedicated session specifically showcased the work of undergraduate and graduate students, acknowledging their talent and invaluable contributions to the ever-evolving research landscape. The URDF culminated in a closing ceremony that powerfully emphasized the pivotal role of research in shaping a brighter future. The event’s resounding success was evident in the enthusiastic participation of the researchers and collaborative spirit that permeated the entire forum.


WMSU Research Gears Up: In-House Review Draws Participation Across Disciplines

On May 8, 2024, the Amphitheater Science Hub at Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) was the site of a teeming day as the Research Development and Evaluation Center (RDEC), under the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension Services, and External Linkages (RESEL), held an in-house review for completed undergraduate and graduate research papers. This vital event aimed to ensure the quality and adherence to research standards for both Science and Technology (S&T) and Social Sciences disciplines.

The review drew the participation of 22 researchers from the Science and Technology Cluster and 33 from the Social Sciences Cluster. These researchers presented their completed papers before a panel of esteemed evaluators, ensuring a rigorous and insightful assessment process.

For the S&T, Natural Sciences, and Applied Sciences disciplines, the evaluators included Dr. Ulmen Riff L. Circulado, Dr. Leonilo B. Abella, Dr. Marvin A. Maulion, and Engr. Swidin S. Husin. Their expertise in their respective fields provided valuable feedback to the researchers, strengthening the methodological soundness and scientific rigor of the presented papers.

The evaluators for Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education were Dr. Servando A. Halili, Jr., Dr. Robert V. Panaguiton, and Dr. Pilar S. Caparas. Their experience in these disciplines helped assess the research design, data analysis, and overall contribution to the field of knowledge for the social science presentations.

The in-house review served as a crucial platform for researchers to gain valuable insights from established experts. The evaluators provided constructive criticism, suggestions for improvement, and guidance on how to strengthen the research papers before publication or presentation at conferences. This exchange of knowledge and expertise promises to elevate the quality of research produced at WMSU.

The event also fostered a sense of community among researchers across different disciplines. The open forum allowed for interaction and exchange of ideas, potentially leading to future collaborations between researchers from S&T and Social Sciences fields.

By organizing this in-house review, ORDEC has taken a significant step in promoting a culture of research excellence at WMSU. The feedback provided by the esteemed evaluators will undoubtedly contribute to the development of high-caliber research papers that will make a valuable contribution to their respective fields. This commitment to research quality ensures that WMSU remains at the forefront of academic scholarship in the region.

S&T, Natural Sciences, & Applied Sciences Winners:              

Undergraduate:

1st place – JONATHAN G. ATENDIDO (Biology Dept, CSM)

2nd place – ALIYA GRACE MENDOZA (Geodetic Engg Dept, CoE)

3rd place – SHERMALYN B. SAMSON (Physics Dept, CSM)

Graduate:

1st place (tie) – DESIREE C. RECORTE (CA) & JENIFFER A. PIDOR (CA)

Social Sciences, Humanities, & Education Winners:

Undergraduate:

1st place – SAKINOL D. UNGGAS (History Dept, CLA)

2nd place – ARNEL H. GUARDARIO (ESU Malangas)

3rd place (tie) – ZHAINE HARA I. JAMSURI (CN) & STEPHANY L. RODENAS (ESU Curuan)

Graduate:

1st place – LEAN MONIQUE A. LEGARDE (CPADS)

2nd place – BILLY JEEN M. MARTIN (CSSPE) 3rd place – ROSELYN C. ESPINOSA (CLA)

Image 1. The Vice-President for Research, Extension Services and External Linkages together with the panel of evaluators and participants of the Agency In-House Review 2024.