by Nathan Angelo Cruz | News Writer
The Silliman University (SU) Mariano C. Lao Innovation, Creation and Invention Laboratory awarded the first ever Mariano Lao Research Grant, July 20.
The projects TRACKFORMEDS, by Maria Kinikito and Ellyza Papas; SIREN, by Abraham Tourbier, Mark Amores, and Kenn Martinez; and TRASHFORM, by Mark Magcanta, Kyle Samson, and Austine Laman were given P100,000 for up to two years.
The research and capstone grant stimulates ideas with entrepreneurial value, supports a proper incubation cycle for projects, and allows students to engage in creative learning through developing and testing ideas.
“We are honored and glad to be recipients of such research grant. It will be a big help for our Capstone Project for it really needs a lot of financial support most especially on the stage of its development and deployment,” said Kyle Samson of the TRASHFORM project.
According to Dr. Dave Marcial, Dean of the College of Computer Studies, the projects were outputs from the first Creativity Camp held last February to March, of which there were 12 participants. He added that the second Creativity Camp will be announced soon.
“I am calling all HS (junior or SHS) and college students to take advantage of all the opportunities at Mariano ICI Laboratory such as the creativity camp, free training activities, research and capstone project grant, and others. The research and capstone project grant is among the many first steps of our action towards technology, business incubation in the university,” said Dr. Marcial.