Balgoa, Godinez-Ortega and Creencia granted fellowships abroad

Dr. Nelia G. Balgoa and Dr. Christine Godinez Ortega both faculty members of the Department of English, College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS), and Prof. Eulalio C. Creencia, faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Technology of the College of Engineering (COE) received fellowships for 2014-2015.

Balgoa was awarded the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) at the APLP East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; Ortega received the Sumitomo Foundation Research Fellowship Grant for 2014-2015; and, Creencia was granted the Short-Term Research Program in Japan from the JICA Project Office for the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) for 2014.

The APLP is “the center of excellence for leadership education in Asia Pacific and a signature program of the East-West Center“ that “links advanced and interdisciplinary analysis of emergent regional issues with experiential leadership learning. Its graduates are knowledgeable about the societies and issues of the AP region and empowered to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional leaderships”.

Balgoa finished her AB English magna cum laude at the MSU main campus. She took her MA in Language and Culture, and her Ph.D. in Human Sciences at the Osaka University, Japan.

Recently, she was awarded a fellowship from the Asia Fellow Leadership Program from the Japan Foundation and the International House of Japan in Tokyo in 2013. At present, she is the MSU-IIT Assistant Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Ortega, on the other hand, was awarded the 2014-2015 Sumitomo Foundation Research Fellowship Grant for her research project “Lessons from the Folk: A Comparative Study of the Use of Nature in the Setting of Folktales from Japan and Folktales from Mindanao”.

Her research project is one of 83 approved researches this year out of 368 applications from 12 countries. Her methodology of research was especially considered for its being“significant and practical” by the Sumitomo Foundation’s evaluators.

Ortega finished her AB English & American Literature and her MA in Creative Writing major in Poetry from Silliman University, and her Doctor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing major in Fiction with high distinction from De La Salle University, Manila. She is the MSU-IIT Director of the Office of Publication & Information.

Her other researches for 2013-2014 include a Tracer Study (Phase 1) of alumni by the NCCA-sponsored national and regional writers workshops in the Philippines funded by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), and “Contact Aesthetics of Three Mindanao Epics as Oral Performance” funded by the MSU-IIT OVCRE. The third volume of the Mindanao Harvest series that she has compiled and edited will be published soon.

Creencia, for his part, leaves for Japan on May 7 to June 5, 2014 to do research on his on-going project entitled “Coconut Shell Gasification and Low-cost Tar Removal for the Generation of Electricity under the supervision of Prof. Yoshikawa Kunio of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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