Chabelita Aviquivil is an incoming fourth year student at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, taking up BS Biology major in Systematics. She had her internship in the UPLB Museum of Natural History in partial fulfillment of her degree program from July 19-August 20, 2021.

As a child, she dreamt of being a doctor. But in college, her life made a sharp turn and her eyes were opened to the beauty of systematic biology. As someone who just goes with the flow and always follows their heart, she is now enjoying everything that this major field has to offer.

Even right before her internship, she already had a plan to work in a natural museum in the future. She finds museum work very interesting as she loves to see the marriage of science and art, especially in natural history museums like the UPLB MNH.

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Camile is a third year BS Biology student majoring in Systematics at UPLB. Her love for outdoor activities and curiosity about various organisms encouraged her to take the field. She worked as an intern at the UPLB Museum of Natural History to complete her BIO 198 Practicum Course requirement.

She has a great interest in insects and spiders and has a great love for the arts. She dreams of doing scientific illustrations and applying it in her future studies as she believes that by doing it, she can serve both her passion for the arts and science at the same time. Her goal is to make people appreciate the beauty and importance of “scary” organisms such as spiders and insects so that we can avoid killing them for no reason.

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Roesy or Rozu is a BS Biology major in Systematics student and Department of Science and Technology scholar at UPLB. She took the internship at the Museum of Natural History from 16 July to 6 August 2021 along with some of her co-systematics majors as requirement of her subject BIO 198.

She was really looking forward to this internship because the one that influenced me to take biology, her teacher in Senior High School, Sir Alden Sinuhin, had also been an intern at the Museum. Even though she have experienced the internship virtually because of the pandemic, she had a lot of learnings especially doing data encoding and data mining. She saw the importance of the tasks that she did to help the museum in its efforts to digitize its collection and make these better accessible.

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Weaver is a student of the University of the Philippines Los Banos taking up a degree in BS Biology and majoring in systematics. Currently living in Lucena City, Quezon Province, he is an incoming fourth year student in the Institute of Biological Sciences.

He believes that taking the practicum in the MNH was the best step for him to broaden his views given the field he wants to pursue. He is invested in the field of entomology and has a particular interest in millipedes as well as other myriapods. He also thinks that an internship with the UPLB MNH had become a way to develop or refine more skills as well as get the feel of a real work environment.

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Dranreb Mariano is a senior Biology undergraduate student majoring in Systematics at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Dreb was born on January 1, 2000 in Angeles City, Pampanga. He grew up in Pangasinan and moved to Los Baños when he was 18.

The Museum's internship is really important for him as he plans to do his masters and doctorate degrees on vertebrate systematics. Dreb’s course work revolves around the systematics and taxonomy of the four tetrapod groups. Moreover, he has a particular inclination in herpetelogy and dreams of being an herpetologist someday.

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Maria Niña Rica T. Cantalejo is a BS Biology Major in Systematics student of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is currently doing her study on hymenopterans under the supervision of her adviser, Prof. Kristine O. Abenis.

Niña has taken interest in the diversity, collection, identification and conservation of arthropods. She aims to contribute biodiversity assessment studies to the country, especially to her province, Masbate. She is also a member of the UPLB Masbateños and the UP Cell Biological Society.


 

Kurt, born and raised in Labo, Camarines Norte, is a 16-year old son of a teacher and policeman. He is an incoming Grade 10 student of Philippine Science High School Bicol Region Campus and a member of two clubs namely the Math Club and the Advanced Programming Club. He is doing his internship at the UPLB Museum of Natural History for the month of July 2017.

The internship is important for him because it is crucial to developing his skills as a scientist and researcher. It can also guide him to his suitable career path in the future. Kurt chose the museum because he believes it can provide him the opportunity to perform collecting, observing and studying specimens. The museum in return can count on his hard work and interest.

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Joellee is currently doing her internship at the UPLB Museum of Natural History. She is an incoming Grade 10 student of the Philippine Science High School - Bicol Region Campus. Although her hometown is in Masbate, approximately 220km away from Goa, Camarines Sur, she decided to take her secondary education at PSHS because it is a good avenue to hone her skills and to prepare her for higher studies.

When asked why the museum is her choice for the internship, Joellee said that it is one of the recommended institutions of their school that could provide her with a hands-on learning experience in research. She is enthusiastic about fieldworks because it is where the knowledge she has been taught with is being put into practice.

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Jerome, 17, is a student from the Philippine Science High School - Bicol Region Campus. He initially wanted to do an internship related to physics because it is his and his mother’s dream to pursue aeronautics in college. But the slots were only limited so he took biology instead which is also one of his interests.

He wanted to take an internship related to biology and also as a possible degree program in college because he wanted to help his father. His father is a farmer and Jerome wants to learn about modern farming and new techniques that he can impart to his father.

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Des is an incoming Grade 10 student from Philippine Science High School-Bicol Region Campus in Camarines Sur. As a student of PSHS, she looks forward to her experience with the museum. She considers this opportunity as an introduction to higher research subjects she will be taking in the next school year. She is a DOST scholar who excels both in biology and chemistry. Her internship program will last for two weeks. She says that one of her teachers suggested MNH because it is an research and extension of UPLB, an institution that is respected/favored by fellow students alike.

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