The Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Alumni Association in collaboration with the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF, also referred to as Fulbright Commission in the Philippines) conducted a workshop entitled “5 Skills of a Workshop” at the PAEF office and at the Research and Development Center of the University of Southeastern Philippines in Obrero, Davao City. The workshop is designed to help future and potential applicants for the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program for Advanced Research in the US strengthen their research proposal by giving them suggestions on skills and areas that they need to work on. The workshop held at the PAEF office on September 18, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:30pm was spearheaded by Drs. Menchie Lagman, Myrene Aguirre, Jonar Yago, Eugene Mende, and Soledad Roguel, while the workshop in Davao City that was held last October 2 was facilitated by Drs. Menchie Lagman, Jonar Yago, Emma Ruth Bayogan, Lourdes Generalao, Lorna Herradura, Shirley Villanueva, Mimi Abierra, and Jerome Ele. Of the five skills that a scientist must possess, the FPAAA workshop team focused on the first two skills (i.e., making 3 minute-elevator pitch, writing the grant application/research proposal). Eighteen faculty and researchers from various institutions across the Philippines, as far as Cagayan to Los Baños, Laguna, participated in the workshop conducted at the PAEF office; while 16 participants from Mindanao attended the Davao workshop. Both workshops received positive feedback.
The 5 Basic Skills of a Scientist include:
- 3 minute elevator pitch
- Writing that grant application
- Getting yourself published
- Communicating to non-scientist