Dr. Rowena DT. Baconguis, professor and dean of CPAf, emphasized the importance of mentorship in research, working hard to establish one’s career, giving back by serving as a mentor during her talk at the 3rd webisode of iShare last March 25, 2021. The event was live streamed via Facebook.
“Mentors provide young researchers guidance and help them expand their network,”Dr. Baconguis said.
Mentors, according to Dr. Baconguis, should also approach each mentee differently, demand quality outputs, and provide encouragement.
When she started in research, Dr. Baconguis shared how Dr. Eliseo R. Ponce, former director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research, and Dr. Federico B. Cruz, her dissertation adviser and a member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), provided her opportunities to hone her skills and connect her to different agencies.
“I was just lucky to be mentored by these generous leaders who believed in me, never gave up on me, and were always there to guide me along the way,”she said.
Furthermore, Dr. Baconguis emphasized the importance of working hard to expand your skills, that is by doing research if you are a researcher; expanding your network; presenting papers in conferences; and honing your skills as a mentor.
“Becoming a mentor means that you need to have something to offer, and this is why you need to constantly publish as well,”she said.
“Becoming a mentor is a skill and doing this requires patience,” she added.
Once you reach the stage where you serve as a mentor, Dr. Baconguis reminded the participants of the importance of mentorship. “That is the only way we can develop cadre of Filipino researchers,” she pointed out.
iShare is the first digital storytelling platform of NRCP where distinguished NRCP awardees share about their research experiences. For its launching episodes, the 2018 NRCP Achievement Awardees have been featured. The first two lectures were conducted in 2020. The lecture where Dr. Baconguis together with Dr. Elmer S. Estacio, another awardee, was the third and last lecture for this year. Dr. Baconguis was recognized as NRCP Achievement Awardee under the Division of Governmental, Educational, and International Policies. She is also the Vice Chair for Governmental Policies of Divison 1 of NRCP.