Science scholars demand release of their monthly stipends

Graduate scholars of the Department of Science and Technology’s Science Education Institute demanded the release of their monthly stipends, as new students have not received theirs yet even as the first semester is about to end.

This prompted the Department of Science and Technology to review its scholarship policies, including the earlier decision not to release stipends to students after the University of the Philippines decided it will cut short the semester to just four months.

This is also the fate of nearly a hundred researchers working for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs and projects of UP – home to the country’s biggest research hubs like the National Institute of Physics, the National Institute of Geological Sciences, and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

The Alliance of STEM Workers wrote to the UP Diliman Chancellor to call for the disbursement of the researchers’ salaries.

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