DOST scholars share top spot in chemical engineering exam


DOST Scholars Jared Philip M. Condez (left) and John Cyril P. Claur (right) topped the 2017 Chemical Engineering Board Exam with an identical rating of 84.60%.

JARED PHILIP M. Condez of the University of the Philippines Visayas and John Cyril P. Claur of the University of St. La Salle (USLS)-Bacolod shared the top spot of the 2017 Chemical Engineering Board Examination last Nov 18-20, 2017.

Both Condez and Claur scored 84.60 percent to lead 627 passers.

The two topnotchers are scholars of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Condez is a merit scholar of the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under Republic Act No. 2067.

Claur is a recipient of the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 or RA 7687.

Aside from Condez and Claur, 16 other DOST scholars passed the board examinations: John Piox J. Badiang of UPV, Anngela Joy N. Bagsain of Central Philippine University (CPU), Saturnino P. Banting Jr. of UPV, Paulline Declarador of CPU, Jhonnielyn Joy L. Fidel of USLS-Bacolod, Russel Renz R. Garcia of CPU, Arvin Jan R. Hilario of USLS, Johan B. Lupo Jr. of CPU, Christine Jane J. Perez of USLS, Nimrod B. Romelo of UPV, Jesstos Anthony S. Silvestre of CPU, Nicole Lucini N. Tembrevilla of USLS, Kia J. Tizon of USLS, Bryle Kristiann C. Camarote of UPV, Eros Paul V. Estante of UPV, and Bon Lester L. Lamparero of UPV

When asked for advice for future chemical engineering board exam takers, Condez emphasized the importance of setting his or her priorities.

“Know what your priorities are. This will help you align your mentality to the current goal – to pass or better yet to top the board exam,” Condez said.

“A fair warning though, it is totally normal to feel butterflies in your stomach, weeks, days, and hours before the board exam.  It is important to keep your composure, be calm, and try to keep a positive state of mind.”

The DOST is devoted to accelerating the development of science and technology for socio-economic development.

The Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program is available for both undergraduate and graduate level scholarships provided they meet the minimum grade requirement and passed the S&T Scholarship Examination.

DOST offers three undergraduate scholarship programs – RA 7687 Scholarship, DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program and the RA 10612 or the Junior Level Science Scholarship.

RA 7687 Scholarship, also known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, provides scholarship slots to poor but deserving students whose families’ annual gross incomes do not exceed the poverty threshold limit.

The DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program, formerly known as the NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067, is awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and are willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.

RA 10612 or Junior Level Science Scholarship is offered to third year college students who are enrolled in S&T Priority courses at any State Universities and Colleges (SUC), other private universities or colleges that are with CHED compliant programs, CHED identified Centers of Excellence (COE) or Centers of Development (COD) for the priority S&T courses and Institutions with FAAP Level III Accreditation.

The scholar must pursue a course in the field of science, mathematics and engineering leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.  (DOST-6/J. R. Gabiota)

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