SorSU-Castilla Campus Capacitates Faculty in Research Proposal Preparation

The Office of Research and Development Services (Castilla) conducted a two-day training workshop entitled “Workshop on Research Proposal Preparation” on March 20-21, 2024 at FTC Hall, Mayon, Castilla, Sorsogon. The said workshop spearheaded by Mr. Brian Gabriel Buenaobra (Research and Development Coordinator-Castilla) aimed to further capacitate the faculty in the updated processes involved in research proposal preparation which would reinforce one of the core mandates of the university which is to generate impactful and innovative research.

On the first day, Mr. Buenaobra, discussed the Research and Extension Agenda of the university that outlined the priority commodities and themes of the province of Sorsogon which helped the faculty in selecting the subject area of their research. Mr. Buenaobra also cascaded the major final outputs of the campus in Research for the present year.

The next session was followed by the first resource speaker, Dr. Oscar Peter D. Pascual, a seasoned faculty researcher who shared his extensive knowledge on developing agricultural research projects, emphasizing on the conduct of experimental research. Moreover, Dr. Pascual highlighted the power of collaboration of researchers from different fields in producing transformative research. In the third session, the faculty were enriched in the use of research methodologies by Prof. Jerome Gigantoca, a seasoned faculty researcher in the field of social science. Prof. Gigantoca stressed the importance of social science research as this can result to the holistic growth of the community.

On the second day of the workshop, on behalf of Prof. Christine Ferolino (Research and Development Director), Prof. Jordan M. Pocaan, a published researcher on human kinetics, discussed how to strategically plan out the implementation of the research projects and the policies involved in the requests of budgetary resources. Prof. Pocaan also shed light on key resources for publishing research, including notable indexes and journals such as Scopus and the ASEAN Citation Index thereby expanding the faculty members’ avenues for research dissemination and academic contribution.

Twelve research proposals from the field of animal science, crop science, soil science, crop protection, agricultural extension, agricultural economics, social science were presented by the faculty which were evaluated primarily by the resource speakers through an open forum type of discussion. Other faculty participants also imparted their suggestions and inputs for the improvement of the research proposals.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Rochele N. Aragon, Dean of the College of Agriculture, commended the workshop’s success and the active participation of the faculty members. In addition, Dr. Aragon reminded the faculty participants that being the only state university of Sorsogon, SorSU Castilla should be at the forefront of cultivating a culture of research excellence in relation to agricultural and social science as these would be the basis for extension projects and activities that would elevate the community.

The workshop concluded with the awarding of certificates to the resource speakers and faculty participants.

From Sorsogon State University-Castilla Campus – Jenelyn Jesoro and Kristine Mae Equipado