BCU’s Research Powerhouse Foster Innovation: Faculty and Deans Share Learning at RISE 2024: ICREATE

BCU's Research Powerhouse! Dean of Graduate School Dr. Genevieve B. Kupang (center) celebrates a double win at the RISE 2024: ICREATE - Best Presenter and Best Paper Award (Social Sciences)! Joining her are fellow BCU researchers Dean Janice D. Alejandrino, DBA (2nd fr. L), and GS Research Coordinator Michael T. Sebullen, PhD (3rd fr. L) who bagged the Best Paper Award (Business, Finance & Management). Instrumental to BCU's continuing research success, are: Collin Raye Kelly (CBA), Camella Mae Mangili (PHAS), Agustina Cayat (PHAS), Instr. Aiza Bheal M. Kitani, Instr. Teresa Lyn D. Matiwtiw, Instr. Hilario A. Sanglay, and Dean of the College of Nursing and School of Midwifery Dr. Gina L. Casi (not in the picture), who chaired the parallel session on Health Technology. #BCUResearch #ResearchExcellence #AwardWinners

The organizers hope you enjoyed reading the first and second series of this article dubbed “BCU Students Gain Valuable Insights at RISE 2024: ICREATE 1st International Conference on Research and Innovation 2/4.” The framework used in sharing the lessons learned from the conference, known as the “Three Ls,” highlights key takeaways through the lens of what we Learned, what we Liked, and what we Longed For. We’ll be using this framework to share insights gleaned from the deans and faculty conference participants.




“Winning the Best Paper Award at the 1st RISE 2024: ICREATE International Conference was a moment I will never forget. Standing there, holding the certificate, I felt a rush of emotions—pride, gratitude, and a deep sense of accomplishment. It was more than just a recognition of my work; it was a testament to the long hours, the sleepless nights, and the unwavering dedication that went into my study.


Learning: This experience was a profound learning journey. It taught me the value of resilience and the importance of pushing through challenges. Throughout the process, I learned to trust my instincts and the people around me most specially to my Dean, Dr. Genevieve B. Kupang, to be meticulous in my research, and to stay open to constructive criticism. Engaging with fellow researchers and experts from around the world enriched my understanding of my own work. Their insights and feedback highlighted aspects I had never considered, making me appreciate the collaborative nature of academic research even more.


Liked: What I loved most about this journey was the sense of community and shared passion. Meeting other researchers who were equally enthusiastic about their fields was incredibly inspiring. The conference itself was a vibrant exchange of ideas, and I enjoyed every moment of presenting my findings and engaging in discussions. Hearing firsthand how my research resonated with others was particularly rewarding. It affirmed that the work I was doing mattered and had the potential to make a real impact.


Long For: Despite the excitement of winning, I found myself longing for deeper, ongoing collaborations. The conference provided a brief but intense period of connection, and I wished for more opportunities to work alongside these brilliant minds beyond the event. I dreamed of forming lasting partnerships that could further our research and bring about tangible changes in our respective fields. Additionally, I hoped for more platforms where we could continue these important conversations, learning from each other and growing together most specially in BCU as a school community. That, one day we can be able to host an International Research Conference.


In the end, winning the Best Paper Award was not just about the accolade itself but about the journey and the growth it represented. It was a moment that validated my hard work and fueled my passion for research. I left the conference with a heart full of gratitude, a mind brimming with new ideas, and a renewed commitment to making a difference through my work. This experience has set the bar high for what I aim to achieve in the future, and I am excited to see where this path will lead. Thank you, Doc Gen, for believing in me and believing in us. Now, it my turn to give same belief to others like what you have given in me. Carry on!”




“Attending my first international research conference was a transformative experience.  It provided invaluable opportunities to network with renowned scholars, igniting my passion for further research endeavors.  Presenting my work on a global stage not only enhanced my research profile but also fueled my desire to explore diverse fields like education, healthcare, science, and business. The chance to connect with fellow researchers who share my enthusiasm was particularly rewarding. This enriching experience has undoubtedly fueled my motivation and ignited a long-term commitment to making impactful research contributions across various disciplines.”


Gina L. Casi, PhD RISE 2024: ICREATE Parallel Session Chair on Health Technology

Dean, CNSM


“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in the WCC’s 1st International Conference on Research & Exhibits on Aviation & Aeronautics, Tourism, Engineering and Education, held last May 28 & 29, 2024.  This conference served as a valuable platform for my professional development.

Dr. Gina L. Casi (Back, 1st from Left), Dean of the College of Nursing and School of Midwifery at BCU, co-chaired the parallel session on Health Technology and poses here among the presenters in parallel session 7

Learning: The first day alone is already filled with inspirational messages from the presidents/research directors of the different prestigious Universities. To add up, the inspirational talk from Dr. Christine Nabor Ferrer, the Commission on Higher Education director, San Fernando City, La Union.


The keynote address of Dr. Thelma D. Palaoag, Director, Innovation & Technology Transfer, University of Cordilleras, Baguio City awakened my senses that indeed we are now gearing toward the digital and innovative world, hence the need to innovate, and create new continually but not forgetting to protect our intellectual property. The presentations of the WCC students and students from other universities were already proof of innovative works.


Of course, I cannot deny the fact that I was able to meet prestigious people, great researchers, and even owners of
Universities. This is one bonus that I am privileged of. I learned from the presented outputs (new research findings), feedback, and positive critiques from peers. It helped me understand research better and how I can improve myself in doing research.


Liked: Though I enjoyed every plenary session, I enjoyed most the research presentation part. I was amazed at how the researchers came up with an incredible result. Example those dentistry students who compiled all their lecture notes and were able to come up with their Digital dental Application. Those high school students who did experimental researches, it amazed me. Very inspiring and motivating!


Long For: I am looking forward to another collaborative research presentation not in another place but in Baguio Central University! More innovative researches. Again, I say thank you. Thank you Lord! Soli deo Gloria!


This is the third in a series of articles covering the RISE 2024: ICREATE conference. Stay tuned for the fourth series in the coming


#RISE2024 #ICREATE2024 #ElevatingHorizonsThroughResearchExcellence.

By: Dr. Genevieve B. Kupang