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GPO conducts seminar-workshop on research and publication for graduate students

The Graduate Program Office (GPO) conducted a Seminar-Workshop on Research and Publication for the graduate students on April 8 and 22, 2017 at the UPV Iloilo City campus. The activity was aimed to develop student’s interest and hone their skills in identifying researchable problems and issues, and eventually acquire the capability and confidence to do research. The seminar workshop is a venue for amateur researchers to be more comfortable as they altogether build up and grow in their research capabilities. This will help fulfill UPV’s mandate of being a graduate research University.

A total of 43 graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and College of Management (CM) attended the Seminar-Workshop I held on April 8 at the Tea Room of the UPV Cafeteria, majority of whom were second year Master of Management students who are currently enrolled in Mgt. 299 (Management Research). Others were students of the Master of Education and Master of Chemistry programs who are either enrolled in their Special Problem courses or first year students who opted to undertake Plan A with Special Problem instead of the Comprehensive Examination.

The resource persons for this Batch I were Dr. Marshaley J. Baquiano of the CAS-Division of Social Sciences and Prof. Jonny B. Pornel of the CAS-Division of Professional Education. Dr. Baquiano talked about research and publication in the social and pyschological perspective. She discussed the process on research writing and challenged the neophyte researchers to find their passion, understand issues, getting involved, being concerned, making a stand which are important factors in research. On the other hand, Prof. Pornel shared his experiences and techniques to increase their chance to publish a research paper.

The Seminar-Workshop II was held on April 22 at the GPO Audio-Visual Room, GCEB and was participated by 40 students from the CAS and College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS). Participants from the CAS are graduate students who are taking up Master of Education, Master of Chemistry, and Master of Science in Biology programs while that of CFOS are Master of Science in Fisheries and PhD Fisheries students. Most of the participants are currently doing their special problem, thesis, or dissertation while some are still on their first year but opted to pursue their degree programs with research component instead of the comprehensive examination. Former Faculty Regent Philip Ian P. Padilla and Prof. Marie Frances J. Nievales, Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences also shed light on some issues and concerns during the open forum.

Dr. Gay D. Defiesta of the CAS-Division of Social Sciences and Dr. Nathaniel C. Añasco of the CFOS-Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology were the resource speakers for this batch. Dr. Defiesta discussed about peer-reviewed journal and identified reasons why there is a need to publish a scholarly journal. She also talked about the process and flow from submission to acceptance of articles for publication. She emphasized that the articles with high chances of being published are those which are well-written, well organized, with sound methodology, cutting edge, new, innovative, and relevant. She also discussed reasons why some articles are rejected.

Meanwhile, Dr. Añasco talked about how a research proposal is prepared. He pointed out the importance of criteria such as selecting research topic, doing library work for review of related literature, and selecting appropriate materials and methods. The importance of preparing experimental set-up/for field work, conduct of laboratory/field work, and processing/analyzing data were also highlighted. He added that for publication of thesis write-up, one has to use the UPV template for thesis, special problem, and dissertation and stick to the IMRAD format. For publication of journal articles, one needs to choose the right journal and avoid predatory journals. Instead of getting discouraged, Dr. Añasco also gave rational advice in handling rejections by editors which he considers as a stage that most authors have gone though. He emphasized that whenever submitted articles are rejected, one has to handle the rejection calmly and rationally. You just need to revise your articles and submit a new until such time that your articles are accepted.

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