Far Eastern University has started to strengthen student research through the newly created Center for Learning Enrichment and Research for Students (CLEARS), an office mandated to ensure the proper conduct of research in the undergraduate level.
CLEARS has conducted a series of seminars since the last week of February this year. The first was on “Plagiarism: Its Forms and Legal Implications,” a seminar for thesis facilitators and advisers.
One of the speakers was Student Discipline Director Atty. Rosalie Cada, who discussed the legal implications of plagiarism. Another speaker, Associate Dean Flordeliz Abanto, facilitated the workshop on ‘”Detecting and Avoiding Plagiarism.”
Two other resource persons, Dr. Arnel Bravo, Center for Teaching and Learning Director; and Dr. Mila Rosa Carden, Graduate Studies Director, both talked about “Thesis Facilitating and Advising.”
Following this was the seminar on Research Ethics with Dr. Lulette U. Matammu, whose presentation was entitled “Sensitive Research: Dealing with Vulnerable Informants.”
In line with CLEARS’ mission to create an avenue for diffusion of research outputs, a Student Research Exposition was also held on March 12, 2019. Five papers adjudged as Best Thesis in the various institutes during the first semester were presented, followed by discussions that added to the students’ preliminary experience in scholarly discourse.
More related activities are lined up for Academic Year 2019-2020, including the development of a Student Research Manual that will harmonize all research-related practices across degree programs in the University.
“These initiatives are driven by CLEARS’ vision to thrust FEU to the top, nationally, as a model in student research,” said Joventina Destura- Madriaga, CLEARS director.