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OUTSTANDING YOUNG SCIENTISTS, INC. (OYSI)

PHILIPPINE ACADEMY OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS (A member of the Global Young Academy [GYA])

OYSI, is an organization of recipients of the Outstanding Young Scientists award given by NAST every year.  OYSI is committed to excellence and innovation in research and development for the benefit of the Filipino people.  It promotes awareness and appreciation of science towards developing a science culture; encourages and inspires young scientists to do innovative and relevant research; serves as a pool of experts and consultants in addressing current scientific and technical issues and concerns; and promotes the professional advancement of OYSI awardees by facilitating the sourcing of funds for research, and disseminating information on opportunities for their intellectual growth and career development.

OYSI History

Our History

The Outstanding Young Scientists, Inc. was established in 1997 under the leadership of its first president, Dr. Ponciano S.M. Halos. In his July 19, 1998 report to the members of the OYSI for the 2nd OYSI General Membership Meeting, Halos relayed that NAST and OYSI had signed a Memorandum of Agreement to implement mutually beneficial activities. These activities, at first, were the 34th Annual Convention of the Philippine Society of Animal Science, the Philippine Statistical Association’s First quarter Forum, and the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM)-OYSI NAST Outstanding Young Scientists Forum.

Included in Halos’ report was the approval of the OYSI Logo submitted by Vice President Edwin Benigno as well as an accounting of the life membership contributions of members, which amount then to P17,137.78.

For the NAST Annual Scientific Meeting in 1998, Halos also showed that OYSI actively participated in hearings on biosafety and even during deliberations on pressing social issues. Telling of the time that has passed since the OYSI began was the participation of Drs. Edwin  Benigno and Ann Inez Gironella in an El Niño mitigation seminar in the same NAST conference.

During the 3rd OYSI General Membership Meeting in 1999, it was reported by Dr. Rhodora Aldemita that four OYSI members participated in the World Science Congress in Budapest, Hungary. On that same Meeting, D.r Mario Festin was elected as the chair of the OYSI Health Sciences Division.

At the end of his July 9, 1998 report, President Halos enjoined the members of OYSI to push towards a more dynamic and more aggressive OYSI. He echoed these sentiments in 1999 during this 3rd OYSI General Membership Meeting when he called for a more aggressive advocacy of scientific issues.

CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS

ARTICLE I- Preamble

We, a collegial body of scientists committed to excellence and innovation in research and development for the benefit of the Filipino people, to the utmost of our capacity will promote the awareness and appreciation of science towards developing a science culture; encourage and inspire young scientists to do innovative and relevant research; serve as a pool of experts and consultants in addressing current scientific and technical issues and concerns; and promote the professional advancement of Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) awardees by facilitating the sourcing of funds for research, and disseminating information on opportunities for their intellectual growth and career development do uphold this constitution and by-laws.

ARTICLE II - Office

The Principal Office of the Society shall be located at the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Office at the DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

ARTICLE III - Membership

SECTION 1. Membership in the Society shall meet the following requirements:

  1. He must have been awarded as Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines; and
  2. He must be of good moral character and good ethical standing in the profession.

SECTION 2. Members of the Society shall abide by the following financial obligations:

  1. Members shall pay membership fees that the Governing Board may require on or before the last day of the annual convention but not later than July 31 of each year. Payment shall be made at the Principal Office of the Society; and
  2. Members shall pay the registration fee for the annual convention of the Society and other fees and charges as may arise in connection with other affairs and activities of the Society as determined by the Governing Board.

SECTION 3. OYSI membership can be in inactive status as described below:

  1. Any Member who may find that he will be unable to comply with the minimum requirements (Section 1 and 2) to retain his membership in good standing may apply to the Governing Board for conversion to inactive status. Such application must be made in writing stating the reasons for the request and specifying the period of the inactive status being applied for.
  2. Any member may apply in writing to the Governing Board for extension of his inactive status. His application must state the reasons and the specific period for the requested extension.

SECTION 4. Membership in the Society may be terminated for failure to comply with the standards set for membership to the Society. The following are grounds for terminating the membership in the Society:

  1. A member’s involvement in any act which is patently inimical to the best interest of the Society, as determined by votes of at least 2/3 of the Governing Board;
  2. A member’s conviction for a felony that will cause the member to be automatically dropped from the rolls of the Society unless the conviction is reversed by competent authority;
  3. A member’s failure to pay the appropriate dues as determined by the Governing Board;
  4. An active member’s failure to attend two (2) consecutive annual meetings of the Society unless there is valid reason. This shall be evaluated by the membership committee and endorsed to the Governing Board.
  5. A member’s voluntary resignation to the Society.

The member concerned shall be granted the opportunity to refute grounds for the proposed termination of his membership by the Governing Board.

SECTION 5. Provisions for the reinstatement of a member to the Society provided are as follows:

  1. A member may apply in writing for reinstatement to the Governing Board for reinstatement. In his application, the member must give the cause for his deficiency and he must pay all his financial obligations to the Society during the entire period of his delinquency or duration of separation
  2. A member who has been dropped from the rolls of the Society due to a conviction for a felony may be reinstated provided this conviction was reversed (Section 3);

The Governing Board shall determine the merit of an application for reinstatement through a majority vote. A member’s reinstatement shall be announced during the annual convention.

SECTION 6. Voting Priviledges and Holding of Office of the Members

Only active members in good standing may vote or hold office.

ARTICLE IV- Election Committee

SECTION 1. Composition

  1. There shall be an Election Committee composed of three (3) Immediate Past Presidents with the most senior of the three as Chairman, and two (2) Past Presidents who served immediately after him as members. The committee shall serve for a period of two years. Election is conducted every two years during the annual meeting.
  2. Any active member of the Society may nominate an active member to the Elections Committee for the following term.

SECTION 2. Duties and responsibilities

  1. It shall be the duty of the Election Committee to make a nomination list of fifteen (15) candidates for the incoming Board that shall include the incumbent officers and other active members of the Society. The nominations list which alsoprovide information on the past and current professional status,shall be prepared two months prior to the annual meeting and  be distributed to all the members of the Society two weeks before the convention. During the convention the nomination list will be reproduced serving as ballot for the election. Only 11 names will be elected to comprise the Governing Board.
  2. The Election Committee shall act as the Board of Canvassers that will take charge of the conduct and proceedings of the annual election. The 11 elected names will be forwarded to the Governing Board and announced during the Business Meeting of the Annual Convention.
ARTICLE V- Governing Board

SECTION 1. Composition

  1. The Society shall be governed by a Governing Board consisting of eleven (11) members who shall be elected during the annual meeting of the Society. The Immediate Past President shall be an ex-officio member of the Board without voting rights and privileges.
  2. The members of the Governing Board shall hold office for a term of two (2) years from August 1 immediately following their election to July 31 of the last year of the two year term.

SECTION 2. Duties and Responsibilities

  1. The Governing Board will be in-charged of the management, direction and control of the affairs, funds and properties of the Society. It shall determine policies and carry out the objectives of the Society in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation and the Constitution and By-laws.
  2. The Governing Board shall evaluate applications and make final decisions for inactive status and reinstatement of membership. It shall decide cases involving membership status, disciplinary action and reactivation of members from the Society. It shall prescribe the conditions for any prize or award that may be given by the Society.

SECTION 3. Quorum

The presence of six (6) members of the Governing Board shall constitute a quorum in any meeting of the Board and the approval of a majority of those in attendance shall be sufficient to carry any motion or resolution of the Board.

SECTION 4. Vacancy in Board Membership

Vacancies in office shall be filled by a majority vote of the Governing Board. The newly elected officer shall hold office for the remainder of the term. A member of the Governing Board shall be considered to have abandoned office upon failure to attend at least half of the prescribed Board meetings for the year without valid reason for his absences.

ARTICLE VI- Officers of the Society

SECTION 1. Officers of the Society

The Officers of the Society will be elected from among the members of the Governing Board that include the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Auditor and the Press Relations Officer and five Board Members who will serve a one term of two years.

SECTION 2. Duties and responsibilities

a. The PRESIDENT shall be the Chairman of the Governing Board and shall preside at all meetings of the Board as well as of the Society. He may create special committees and shall appoint the chairmen and members of all standing and committees with the approval of the Governing Board. He shall approve all statements of accounts and disbursements of the Board and of the Society. He shall perform all such duties as are incumbent upon office.

b. The VICE-PRESIDENT shall assist the President in the discharge of his duties. In the absence or incapacity of the President, the Vice President shall preside over meetings and perform all duties of the President for the duration of that absence or incapacity. He shall also serve as the Convention Chair of the Annual Convention.

c. The SECRETARY shall be the custodian of all records of the Society. He shall keep all the minutes and proceedings of all meetings of the OYSI and the Governing Board. He shall serve as chair of the Committee on Membership and head of the secretariat for the annual convention.

d. The TREASURER shall be the custodian of all properties of the Society. He shall receive and keep all contributions, bequests and donations, subject to the direction of the Governing Board. He shall post a bond on such amount as may be determined by the Governing Board. He shall serve as chair of the Committee on Ways and Means in the annual convention.

e. The AUDITOR shall examine financial records or books of accounts on a regular basis and render an opinion on the status of financial management. He shall assist the treasurer in the preparation of financial statements and documents of accounts as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He shall serve as the chair of the Committee on Awards in the annual convention

f. The PRESS RELATIONS OFFICER shall act as liaison of the OYSI with NAST and other organizations, government agencies, media and other related institutions on all activities/ undertakings by the OYSI, sanctioned by the Governing Board. He shall serve as chair of the External Relations committee and work closely with the Secretariat for the Invitation during the annual convention.

SECTION 3. Vacancy Office

Vacancies in office shall be filled by majority vote of the Governing Board and the elected Officer shall fill the unexpired term.

ARTICLE VII- Council of the Advisers

SECTION 1. Composition

The council shall be composed of past presidents of the society who are willing and able to serve. The Immediate Past President shall serve as Ex-Officio member of the Council until his successor has been named. The Council shall elect from among themselves a Chairman or Presiding Officer whose tenure of office shall be three (3) years.

SECTION 2. The functions of the Council are as follows:

  1. Council shall give advice to the Governing Board on matters and issues that directly affect the Society;
  2. Council shall establish guidelines regarding proper professional and ethical conduct of its members; it shall review and investigate complaints regarding violations and shall make recommendations for appropriate actions;
  3. Council shall be called upon to arbitrate on Society issues or controversies;
  4. Council shall make recommendations to the Governing Board on matters that will benefit the members and the Society;
  5. Council shall perform tasks that may be assigned from time to time; and
  6. Council shall report to the Governing Board.
ARTICLE VIII- Standing Committees

SECTION 1.The standing committees of the Society that will directly report to the Governing Board are the following:

  1. Committee on Constitution and By-laws
  2. Committee on Scientific Activities
  3. Committee on Membership
  4. Committee on Ways and Means
  5. Committee on Awards
  6. Committee on External Relations
  7. Committee on Annual Convention

SECTION 2. The functions of each committee are as follows:

  1. Committee on Constitution and By-laws. To update the constitution and make recommendations for improvement.
  2. Committee on Scientific Activities. To plan, organize and implement scientific programs and seminars.
  3. Committee on Membership. To screen all applicants for reinstatement of membership and to monitor the standing of the members and make appropriate recommendations to the Board.
  4. Committee on Ways and Means. To take charge of the finances and ensure adequate funds for the Society.
  5. Committee on Awards. To set the mechanics for nomination for any award from the Society and to take charge in disseminating information about the awards to relevant communities.
  6. Committee on External Relations.To act as liaison of the OYSI with NAST and other organizations, government agencies, media and other related institutions.
  7. Committee on Annual Convention. To develop the theme, program, and over-all activities of the annual convention.

SECTION 3.

Membership. All committees shall consist of a Chairman and two or more Members of the Society who shall be appointed by the President subject to approval by the Governing Board. The members of all standing committees shall hold office until their successors shall have been appointed.

SECTION 4.

The Committee Chairman shall report at all regular meetings of the Board when so requested.

ARTICLE IX- Meetings

SECTION 1.

The Society shall hold its annual meeting at such time and place as may be designated by the Governing Board in July of each year. The election of officers of the Society shall be conducted every two years during the annual meeting.

SECTION 2.

Special meetings of the Society may be called by the President, or upon request of a majority of the Governing Board, or onethird of all the Members of the Society. At these meetings, forty (40)  members of the society shall constitute a quorum unless the law provides for a greater number.

SECTION 3.

The Board of officers must hold regular meetings at least once every two (2) months. It may also be convened at the direction of the President or upon request of at least three (3) members of the Governing Board.

ARTICLE X- Effectivity

SECTION 1.

This New By-laws, as amended, shall take effect immediately upon approval by the General Assembly and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

STRATEGIC PLAN

I. OBJECTIVES

In support of OYSI’s mission to help the country in the development of its science culture, the Society together with our NAST and in NRCP partners, designed a number of activities for 2011-2012 that are being funded by the DOST in conjunction with the Filipinnovation thrust of the government. These projects are in line with the OYSI strategic plan that was first conceptualized in 2008.

 OBJECTIVES

  1. To serve as a pool of experts and consultants in addressing current scientific and technical issues and concerns;
  2. To promote the awareness and appreciation of science towards developing a science culture through innovation;
  3. To provide a forum for the exchange of scientific ideas which can serve as valuable input in the formulation of national plans and policies and the identification of research and development programs within specific disciplines; and
  4. To establish an OYSI office with a permanent secretariat that will be the headquarters of the Society.
II.DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPONENT PROJECTS/STRATEGIES: A. DEVELOPING A SCIENCE CULTURE

Objectives/Action Points

  1. To promote science and make it more understandable to the general public
  2. To help people appreciate the impact of science in their lives

Activities/Projects

  • Article contributions to Manila Bulletin and other publications
  • Form Public Information Committee to be chaired by the OYSI Board Public Relations Officer and Appointment of Division Heads
  • Organize at least 1 symposium per year open to the general public on science topics of current interest
  • Create media materials, articles to inform people about the importance and impact of science
  • Establishment and maintenance of an OYSI Website

Period

  • throughout the year
  • June 2011-May 2012
  • November 2010 or April 2011
  • Launching on July 12, 2011

Point Person

  • OYSI PRO Dr. Gabriel Romero and the PIC Division Heads
  • Scientific Committee Chair
  • OYSI Governing Board Secretary Dr. Cora de Ungria
II.DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPONENT PROJECTS/STRATEGIES: B. ENCOURAGEMENT OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS

Objectives/Action Points

  1. To inspire young scientists to pursue careers in science
  2. To inspire young scientists to do innovative and relevant research

Activities/Project

  • Serve as resource persons in PSYSC- organized activities such as the Youth Camp, and Career Orientation, Seminar and as judges, resource persons in SEI-sponsored activities such as the Science Olympiad
  • Summer research hosting through the Young Researchers Apprentice Program (YRAP) being revived by the Gamma Sigma Delta of UP

Period

  • May and October every year;
  • November 2011
  • April-May 2012

Point Person

  • c/o OYSI President
  • c/o Dr. Felino Lansigan
II.DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPONENT PROJECTS/STRATEGIES: C. SHARING OF EXPERTISE

Objectives/Action Points

  • To serve as a pool of experts and consultants to address current scientific and technical issues and concerns.

Activities/Projects

  • Work more actively with the NAST and NRCP in sharing expertise
  • Conduct regional symposia as a response to environmental challenges, and to improve science and technology education in the provinces.
    1. Palawan
    2. Iloilo
  • Create an updated database of OYSI members with information on area of specialization and contact details

Period

  • October 2011
  • February 2012
  • June 2011 onwards

Point Person

  • OYSI President and Chair of Scientific Committee Dr. Vic Amoroso
  • Dr. Felino Lansigan
  • Dr. Evelyn de Jesus-Ayson
  • Dr. Cora de Ungria
II.DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPONENT PROJECTS/STRATEGIES: D. FORA FOR SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT

Objectives/Action Points

  • To provide a forum for the exchange of scientific ideas which can serve as valuable input in the formulation of national plans and policies and the identification of research and development programs with specific disciplines
  • To provide scientific input on issues of national concern through statements/position papers

Activities/Projects

  • Organize/participate inpolicy advocacy meetings with policy makers and stakeholders in conjunction with NAST activities
  • Organize OYSI Annual Meeting and Scientific Convention

Period

  • Year-round as needed
  • July 2011

Point Person

  • Governing Board: Dr. Cynthia Saloma, Dr. Felino Lansigan and the OYSI Governing Board
II.DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPONENT PROJECTS/STRATEGIES: E. FORA FOR SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT

Objectives/Action Points

  • To promote the professional advancement of OYS awardees

Activities/Projects

  • Grant application to DOST and other funding agencies to help in the professional advancement of members
  • Forge agreements with professional societies (I.e. Global Young Academy) to open opportunities for linkages, funding

Period

  • April 2011

Point Person

  • c/o Dr. Cynthia Saloma
III.IMPLEMENTING SCHEDULE OF THE DOST-FUNDED OYSI PROPOSAL ON “OYSI IN SUPPORT OF FILIPPINOVATION

III.IMPLEMENTING SCHEDULE OF THE DOST-FUNDED OYSI PROPOSAL ON “OYSI IN SUPPORT OF FILIPPINOVATION

Governing Board

GLENN B. GREGORIO, Ph.D.

GLENN B. GREGORIO, Ph.D.

President

ALLAN N. SORIANO, Ph.D.

ALLAN N. SORIANO, Ph.D.

PRO

ANTONIO A. ALFONSO, Ph.D.

ANTONIO A. ALFONSO, Ph.D.

Member

MERDELYN T. CAASI-LIT, Ph.D.

MERDELYN T. CAASI-LIT, Ph.D.

Member

MERLYN S. MENDIORO, Ph.D.

MERLYN S. MENDIORO, Ph.D.

Vice President

TERESITA H. BORROMEO, Ph.D.

TERESITA H. BORROMEO, Ph.D.

Auditor

EPHRIME B. METILLO, Ph.D.

EPHRIME B. METILLO, Ph.D.

Member

MARIBEL L. DIONISIO-SESE, D.Sc.

MARIBEL L. DIONISIO-SESE, D.Sc.

Immediate Past President

WINDELL L. RIVERA, Ph.D.

WINDELL L. RIVERA, Ph.D.

Secretary

GABRIEL O. ROMERO, Ph.D.

GABRIEL O. ROMERO, Ph.D.

Member

THOMAS EDISON E. DELA CRUZ, Dr.Rer.Nat.

THOMAS EDISON E. DELA CRUZ, Dr.Rer.Nat.

Member

HAYDE C. FLANDEZ-GALVEZ, Ph.D.

HAYDE C. FLANDEZ-GALVEZ, Ph.D.

Treasurer

MUDJEKEEWIS D. SANTOS, Ph.D.

MUDJEKEEWIS D. SANTOS, Ph.D.

Member

LESLIE MICHELL M. DALMACIO, Ph.D.

LESLIE MICHELL M. DALMACIO, Ph.D.

Member