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By Carthelyn Adajar, PhD
Research Coordinator, Humanities and Social Science Clusters.

The University Research Week kicked off with a virtual Opening and Awarding Ceremony  on April 25, 2022 with the attendance of the University President, Fr Mars P Tan, SJ,  who gave a special message of support to the activities of the research cluster and also officially declared the opening of the week-long celebration.

The Awarding Ceremony presented the recipients of the Madigan Award thus recognizing the achievements of the Higher Education faculty members in producing published articles or publishable research works. Dr Judy Sendaydiego, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences read the names of the recipients on behalf of Dr Juliet Dalagan, VP for Higher Education. The Madigan Award is in honor of Fr Frank Madigan who embodies the traits of a great scholar.

This year’s 24 recipients of the Kinaadman Support for Student Research (KSSR) award for undergraduate and graduate students were also recognized during the program. Incorporated in the program for the first time, was the Quick Fire Presentation (QFP) Competition participated by the KSSR Award recipients. The QFP is a 3-minute thesis presentation competition where students creatively showcased the findings of their research via a virtual platform. Proudly introduced by their deans, 12 students/team representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Computer Studies, Nursing and School of Education competed and had their turns in impressing the judges to bag the 1st and 2nd prizes with their eyes on the corresponding cash incentives. 

Dr Heide R. Rabanes, Dean for Research welcomed the more than 100 participants in the virtual room and announced the theme of the week-long engagement, “E-mergence: Embracing Technology and Energizing Xavier Research in Mindanao and Beyond,” to mean merging technology, education and research for competitiveness, and also to signify emerging on top of all the challenges, reaffirming Xavier-Ateneo’s strategic position as a research-intensive hub for and in Mindanao.

Ms Marie Antonette Emata, the Research Coordinator of the School of Business and Management, engagingly served as the program host and encouraged the audience to join the rest of the talks within the week and to be present during the Awarding ceremony on April 29, 2022.

The noontime mass earlier that day at the University Chapel was attended by the members of the University Research Council, together with Dr Rabanes and Dr Elio Garcia, Deputy Director of KURO and festival coordinator. Fr Ismael Jose Chan-Gonzaga III, SJ, the Mass Presider, included some prayers for the success of the University Research Week celebration.