The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Franklin García Fermín, led the award ceremony of one million pesos to 26 students who were winners of the VIII Student Congress of Scientific and Technological Research, during an event that took place in the Manuel del Cabral auditorium, in the Pedro Mir Library of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD).
In his keynote address, the official said that the students were selected after presenting their research papers on September 13 and 14 of this year.
García Fermín highlighted the work carried out by a scientific evaluation committee, whose members chose the first three places, as well as the honorable mentions, according to the areas or disciplinary fields established for the presentation of their respective research projects.
He said that “scientific and technological research is not only important for what it can do for us today, but for what it can do for us tomorrow, that is, it allows us to look to the future, anticipate the challenges we face, prepare for what is to come and develop innovative solutions to live a better future”.
During the ceremony, the Vice Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Genaro Rodríguez Martínez, highlighted the support that the National Fund for Innovation and Scientific-Technological Development has been offering to university research projects, not only in the field of Science but also in the Humanities.
Radhamés Silverio González, vice-rector of Research and Postgraduate Studies of the UASD, said that the Congress is of great importance for the country and, in particular, to develop the potential of the students.
While the rector of the Federico Henríquez y Carvajal University, Alberto Ramírez Cabral, said that in the educational field there is a before and after the existence of Fondocyt.
He pointed out that this tool has served to promote student competition in the field of research and science.
Ramírez Cabral was awarded a scroll of recognition for the fact that the UFHEC was the venue where the Congress was held.
The award ceremony was attended by the UASD Vice-Rector for Extension, Rosalía Sosa; the Vice-Minister of Administration and Finance of Mescyt, José A. Cancel; the Chief of Cabinet, Juan Medina, and the Director of Science Dissemination, Andrés Merejo, among other officials and academic authorities.
The areas in which the students’ work was evaluated included Basic Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Neuroscience and Ecophysics.
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources: Agrifood and Forestry Sciences, Environment, Biotechnology and Veterinary Science.
Engineering and Technology: Engineering, Architecture, Information and Communication Technology, Software Development and Applications, Microprocessors, Mechatronics and Robotics, Renewable Energy and Manufacturing.
Humanistic Sciences: Education, Psychology, Spanish Language and History.
The first, second and third place winners in the area of Basic Sciences were Laura Patricia Santos Sánchez and Sarina Suero, from UASD, and Mabel Bernard Rodríguez, from ISA University.
In Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, first, second and third place went to Lucibel del Carmen Rodríguez Gutiérrez, from Unisa; Deymer Hidalgo Jiménez and René Antonio Espinal Lagares, from UASD.
In the Health area, the first three winners were Carolina Bidó and Javier Otazu Olivares, from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (Unphu), and from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Ana Patricia Gell Jiménez.
In Engineering and Technology, the winners were Brian Enrique García Valdez, from UASD; Leonardo Gutiérrez Morán, from ISA, and Santiago Genao Rodríguez, from PUCMM.
In Humanistic Sciences, the winners were Eduardo Jacob Reynoso Arellano, from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (Intec), and Franchesca Victoriano Delgado and Ana Isabel Merán Alcántara, from the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña (Isfodosu).