FOR the past few years, Saint Louis University has been slowly defining her role as a research university with the strengthening of her research function and encouraging the creation of scholarly knowledge, particularly by fostering a vibrant culture of research in the whole SLU community.

Now on its 3rd year, the SLU Research and Inventions Week is a manifestation of this goal. It proudly showcases the various research initiatives of the different Colleges which are to be shared with the entire SLU Community as well as interested researchers and inventors.

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With the overall goal of raising the awareness, interest and involvement among the students and employees on research and innovation, the SLU Research and Inventions Week this year will be held on February 22 to 27 at the Bonifacio main campus with an array of activities by various colleges.

In the College of Natural Sciences, there will be a series of lectures/workshops, research presentations and dissemination, open house, poster presentations, and display of invented products. Guest lecturers will come from Benguet State University, UP-Los Baños, DOH-Baguio, and Mt. Sinai Hospital- Canada.

The products that will be launched during the opening program are Melliderm Propolis Cream, VITEXFlam Lagundi Liniment, Piperiderm Piperbetle Cream, Ricardii's Honey Wine, and Jessie's Rose Petal Tea.

For the College of Engineering and Architecture, the research outputs of its students from its eight departments were evaluated and the top three winners from each department will be exhibited in the Silang building lobby. Other worthy researches will be displayed in front of the Otto Hahn building main entrance.

On the other hand, the College of Accountancy and Commerce will be launching the Graduate School Working Paper Series which is a compilation of Strategic Management papers by students enrolled in the thesis program. A poster presentation of Best Papers done by the students and faculty researchers that were awarded locally and internationally will also be displayed.

Business plans done by entrepreneurship students that present ideas on the future of products and services will also be presented. Finally, the cultural heritage of the Cordilleras highlighted through 12 blown-up photographs will likewise be exhibited and later turned over to the SLU Museum.

For the College of Human Sciences, various papers will be presented, research abstracts will be exhibited, and a seminar on social research will be held.

A two-day Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Research Congress organized by the College of Information and Computing Sciences will be held on February 23-24 at the Burgos gym. Finally, a research forum will be conducted by the College of Medicine in addition to the exhibits of its researches.

The Research and Inventions Week in SLU is being coordinated annually by the Research, Extension and Publications Office. For inquiries, call 444-8246 (to 48 & 53) local 357.