Miguel Francisco Abulencia, MS in Soil Science, and Ria Micate, BS in Development Communication, bagged two of the six contested awards in the annual Phi Delta Search for Outstanding Theses.

It has been an annual tradition of Phi Delta, The Honor Society of Science (PDHSS), headed by Dr. Rotacio S. Gravoso, to sponsor the search for Phi Delta Outstanding Theses in VSU. This award is in recognition of the creative and innovative undergraduate and graduate students' theses.

The students go through a series of rigid evaluation and assessment to get the award. Out of 59 submissions this year, two papers from CAFS students made it to the top.

Abulencia's thesis entitled: “Carbon and Nitrogen Stocks and Soil Dynamics of Degraded Land One Year after Restoration using Acacia mangium Willd and Ptetocarpus indicus Willd", earned him the Best Graduate thesis award. His adviser is Dr. Angela Almendras-Ferraren.

Micate, on the other hand, earned 'Best Social Science Thesis' Award with her study: “Communication and Adoption of Drip Irrigation among Vegetable Farmers in Cabintan, Ormoc City”, under the guidance of Dr. Monina Escalada.

The two were awarded during the President's tribute to the graduates on June 14, 2017, at the VSU Convention Center.

The search has six categories, including Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Basic Natural Sciences, Applied Physical and Environmental Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences and the Graduate Thesis.

The actual defense was held on June 9, 2017 at the VSU Center of Continuing Education (CCE) building. The winners were awarded a certificate of recognition, and a cash prize from the Phi Delta, The Honor Society of Science.