Source: Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-DENR
On July 20, 2023, 25 biology students from Saint Louis University completed the Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development, and Extension Center – WWRRDEC Internship Program in Loakan, Baguio City.
According to the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-DENR, the collaboration between SLU and WWRRDEC has been mutually beneficial, providing students with unique opportunities to gain practical experience in the field, while simultaneously contributing to the ongoing research efforts of the Center. In addition to fostering academic-industry partnerships, these initiatives nurture the next generation of scientific leaders and foster a culture of innovation.
During the training, the students were assigned to the Soil and Water Laboratory, Forest Tree Seed Center, and various field studies within the Center. The students participated in various laboratory exercises, ranging from soil sample collection to comprehensive soil analysis on soil pH, soil texture, soil moisture content, bulk density, and soil organic matter. Through this exposure, the students gained valuable hands-on experience in understanding soil characteristics and composition. As a final output, the Louisian students presented their research proposal which served as milestones in the internship journey.
Internships with WWRRDEC provide students from all backgrounds with valuable experience for future watershed research careers. It provides knowledge of agriculture, natural resources, communication, and project management in line with UNSDG Goals 4 (Quality Education), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 14 (Life on Water), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). Such programs align with the CICM Advocacy of Environmental Protection and Management, and CEAP JEEPGY Values of Engaged Citizenship.