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The Research Unit (RU) is the lead research centre in the University. It is mandated to nurture and sustain the culture of research vis-à-vis streamlining of research policies and procedures, capability development activities for university researchers and implementation of quality assurance measures for university research endeavour. The RU is under the supervision of the University President, through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and International Affairs (OVPREIA). It is headed by the Research Director, Dr. Beverly B. Bicar, with the support of the Research Committee (RC), Research Ethics Committee (REC), the Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences (APJSBS) Editorial Board and the faculty members of the different colleges in the university.

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Dr. Beverly B. Bicar
BukSU Research Director


Generate emergent breakthroughs in social and behavioural researches and other emerging trends in mathematics, science and technology, to improve the quality of life in society.

Strategic Goal

The goal of the RU is to produce research leaders who are able to initiate innovations in consonance with the mandates of the university.


General Objective:
The RU shall take the lead in the conduct of quality researches on the following fields: education, ecology and environment, socio-economic-political-cultural and mathematics, science and technology, as well as institutional researches.

Specific Objectives:
The RU shall strive to accomplish the following specific objectives:
1. To provide adequate support for faculty researchers
2. To enhance the research productivity of BukSU faculty and students
3. To increase the number of plantilla faculty and students who are engaged in research

University Research Agenda
The Research Agenda of the RU, as identified by the different colleges in the university, determine the kind of researches which the faculty can undertake. Research proposals are appraised based on their relevance to these focus areas. The research thrusts and priorities of BukSU are based on the research agenda of CHED, NHERA, NEDA, DOST-SEI and whenever applicable, other agencies where research occupies the depth and breadth of their activities. The university encourages researches that are multi-disciplinary and those that can benefit the neighbouring communities. The research agenda are clustered into the following broad disciplines:

I. Institutional

  • Programs/Curricular Assessment Studies on Higher Education Clusters of Disciplines, i.e. measures of impacts, transactions, processes, outputs and outcomes or results of programs/curricula
  • Policy Oriented Studies: Policy formulation, policy implementation and policy evaluation which focus on:
    • Economics of higher education
    • Financing of higher education
    • Governance and management of higher education
    • Human resource supply and demand
    • Institutional Accreditation Studies/Quality Assurance
    • Institution-building studies
    • Research Utilization Studies
  • Other Institution-related Studies

II. Education

  • Assessment in Teaching and Learning
  • Best Instructional Practices of the Different Colleges
  • Comparative Studies Related to Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Administration, Management and Supervision
  • English Language Teaching and Learning
  • Extension Projects Related to Education
  • Impact of Curriculum Reforms
  • Impact and Effectiveness Studies
  • Innovative and Integrative Teaching
  • Mathematics Teaching and Learning
  • Multidisciplinary Teacher Education Research
  • Outcomes-based Curriculum
  • Peace Education
  • Policy Formulation
  • Policy-Oriented Researches Focused on Quality and Excellence, Relevance and Responsiveness and Equity in Higher Education
  • Qualitative Studies Related to Teaching and Learning
  • Research Utilization Studies
  • R & D Researches (e.g. module construction, instructional materials development, designing trainings, designing curriculum)
  • Science Teaching and Learning
  • Sports Education
  • Strategies, Methods and Techniques in Teaching and Learning
  • Technological Inputs to Teacher Education
  • Other education-related problems/ topics including the DepEd Research Agenda

III. Health, Ecology and Environment

  • Biodiversity Studies
  • Community-based Studies on Survival
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • Effectiveness of Strategies, Methods and Techniques
  • Global Environment/Climate Change
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Herbal Medicines
  • Improvement of Crop Production
  • Medical Health Care
  • Policy-Oriented Researches Focused on Quality and Excellence, Relevance and Responsiveness and Equity in Higher Education
  • Population Dynamics
  • Protecting Water System
  • Researches Related to Ecology and Environment
  • Research Utilization Studies Related to Ecology and Environment
  • Studies on Pollution and Its Prevention
  • Sustainable Development and Environment
  • Other related topics/problems

IV. Socio-Economic-Political-Cultural (including Humanities and Communication)

  • Arts and Cultural Heritage
  • Brain Drain-related Studies
  • Cultural and Anthropological Studies
  • Ethnicity and Culture Studies
  • Filipino Values
  • Gender and Development Studies
  • Graft and Corruption in Government
  • Impact and Effectiveness Studies
  • Indigenous People’s Development
  • Local Governance and Management Studies
  • Morality in Media
  • Multidisciplinary Research on Philippine Literature, Arts and Sociology
  • Peace and Development Studies
  • Policy-Oriented Research on Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication, Business and Management and Governance
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Research Utilization Studies for Policy Implications and Formulation
  • Rural Development-related studies
  • Societal Problems on Violence, Rape, Incest, Homosexuality, etc.
  • Studies on Political Dilemmas
  • Studies Related to OFWs
  • Sustainable Development
  • Uplift of Women Workers
  • Urban Development and Social Housing
  • Women Empowerment
  • Other related topics/problems

V. Mathematics, Science and Technology

  • Attitudinal Studies
  • Artificial/Neural Networks
  • Assessment Tools and Techniques
  • Community-Related Studies (Development of Waste Disposal)
  • Effective Mathematics Instruction
  • Effectiveness and Impact Studies
  • Experimental Studies
  • Fractal Analysis
  • Graph Theory
  • ICT Related Studies (Computer-Aided Instruction)
  • Instructional Materials
  • Intervention Needs and Training Studies
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Multi-disciplinary Research Aimed to Advance the Frontiers of Mathematics and Science Mathematics
  • Product Development Studies in Food Technology
  • Research on the development of IT models and materials for the improvement of instructional and learning
  • Research Utilization Studies
  • Software Development
  • Social Research for the improvement of quality in education in the Institution
  • Studies and Researches
  • Studies on Animals, Insects, Plants, etc.
  • Technological Research for the Advancement of Philippine Information Technology
  • Technological Research for the Advancement of IT education in the institution
  • Use of Scientific Principles in Responding to the development Needs of the Country
  • Renewable Energy
  • Other related topics/problems

RU Personnel
The RU is headed by the Research Director, designated by the University President and confirmed by the Board of Regents. The Research Committee (RC) is the supporting arm of this unit and is under the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and International Affairs (VPREIA). The resident research consultant of the RU is Dr. Roberto N. Padua.

RU Personnel

Research Committee (RC)
The Research Committee is composed of the Research Director, who acts as the Chair, and four members, who represent the four centers under the Research Unit, namely, the Education and Advocacy Center, the Culture and Development Center, the Science and Technology Center, and the Governance and Management Center.  The RC is tasked to do the following:

  • Reviews/formulates/Updates the research agenda, thrusts and priorities of the university
  • Reviews and recommends research proposal for funding
  • Assists in the planning and organizing capability development activities for the faculty and other research-related forums;
  • Sponsors in-house review and dissemination of findings

Evaluate researches for publication in the research journals of the different colleges/units (as applicable)RC Personnel

Research Ethics Committee (REC)
The REC ensures that ethical standards are practiced in the conduct of all university researches. They review research ethics protocol and monitor the implementation of the same throughout the entire research process.REC Personnel

The REC is composed of the Chair, four members and two or more alternate members with varying expertise related (but not limited) to the following areas: legal, health, social science, religion, statistics, gender equality, and Indigenous Peoples (as needed). The REC shall conduct ethics review on research papers in an independent and impartial manner making sure that decisions are free of any external influence.

The duties and responsibilities of the REC include:

  • Formulating, reviewing and updating the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Research Ethics;
  • Reviewing the researches conducted by the faculty in terms of: social value, scientific soundness, researcher competence, community involvement;
  • Determining whether a research paper is (1) exempted from REC review, (2) for expedited review, or (3) for full review;
  • Endorsing the research proposal for the data gathering phase to commence;
  • Endorsing researches for publication, for dissemination at various levels (regional, national and international levels); and for grating honoraria and incentives.

APJSBS Editorial Board
The APJSBS Editorial Board, with the Research Committee, sets a vision, selects themes, encourages manuscript submissions and facilitates the peer review process to produce each edition of APJSBS, as a high-quality research-based resource that is valued by educators and other professionals.APJSBS Personnel

Active Research Center (2015-2019)
The RU has four active research centers, namely: Education and Advocacy Center, Governance and Management Center, Culture and Development Center, Science and Technology Center. The graph below illustrates the distribution of researches per research center from 2015- 2019.Active Research Center

Status of 2018 Funded Researches
In 2018, the university funded 32 institutional researches. The graph below shows the status of these researches, as of the 3rd Quarter of 2019.Status of 2018

Published Researches
published research


  1. Cabada, J.Q. & Dumandan, M.S. (2019). Assessment of Food Safety and Quality Core Issues of Selected Countries as Drivers for Food Security Vulnerability. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Publications (IJMRAP), 1 (11), 12-19. ISSN (Online): 2581-6187
  2. Caterial, M.Z.D, Balane, C.T., Tantoy, O.A. (2019). The Teaching of Mother-Tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education of Pre-Service Teachers: Basis for a Training Program. International Journal of Multi-disciplinary Research and Publication, 3. ISSN No. 2581-6187.
  3. Gonzaga, N.D.C. (2019). Analyzing Some Structural Properties of Topological B-Algebras. International Journal of Mathematical Sciences.
  4. Del Rosario, A.S.C., Bolivia, G.A.A., Mugot, D.C. (2019). College Students’ Awareness of the Environmental Education Concepts and Principles and their Environment-Related Actions. International Journal of English and Education, 8 (1), 2019. ISSN No. 2278-4012.
  5. Del Rosario, A.S.C. (2019). Variances of the Impact of Meso-Economic Factors on Global Competitiveness. Southern Leyte State University Journal of Educational and Human Resource Development. ISSN 2094-1064.
  6. Garcia, H.P. & Saniel, D.T. (2019). The Complexity of Global Economic Disparity and Integration of Countries. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Publications (IJMRAP), 1 (11), 20-23. ISSN (Online): 2581-6187
  7. Gaylo, D. N. (2019). What Makes an Asian Country Globally Innovative? Southern Leyte State University Journal of Educational and Human Resource Development. ISSN 2094-1064.
  8. Lapates, J.M., Cunanan, A.A, Abejuela, H.J.M. (2019). ICT Integration in the Workplace: Its Impact to the Community. Balkan and Near Eastern Journal of Social Sciences, 5 (2), 23-33. ISSN: 2149-9314
  9. Mugot, D.C. & Sumbalan, E.B. (2019). The 21st Century Learning Skills and Teaching Practices of Pre-Service Teachers: Implication to the New Philippine Teacher Education Curriculum. International Journal of Multi-disciplinary Research and Publications, 2, ISSN No. 2581-6187)
  10. Ortiz, C.B. (2019). Students’ Understanding of Pre-Organic Chemistry Concepts: Chemical Bonding. International Journal on Language, Research and Education Studies, 3 (1), ISSN No. 2580-6777.
  11. Tambaoan, R.S. & Gaylo, D.N. (2019). Differentiating Instructional in a Mathematics Classroom: Its Effects on Senior High School Learners’ Academic Performance and Engagement in Basic Calculus. International Journal of English and Education, 8 (1). ISSN No. 2278-4012
  12. Tantoy, O.A., & Villanca, A.A. (2019). Qualities of Student-Examinees of Bukidnon State University College Admission Test. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Publications (IJMRAP), 1 (12), 9-11. ISSN (Online): 2581-6187
  13. Pagaura, A.R. & Añar, L.E. (2019). Compositional Analysis of Bukidnon State University Scholarship Grantees. International Journal of English and Education, 8 (1). ISSN 2278-4012
  14. Lacpao, N., Corcino, R., Vega, M.A.R. (2019). Hurwitz-Lerch Type Multi-Poly-Cauchy Numbers. Mathematics, 7 (4), 335. EISSN 2227-7390
  15. Lapates, J.M. & Flores, R.T.G. (2019). Digital Competence Level: An Evaluation of Area Coordinators and Emergency Response (ACER) Team ICT Proficiency. International Journal of Multidisicplinary Research and Publications, Volume 2. ISSN 2581-6187.
  16. Gellor, J.J.G. (2019). Attitude of Pre-Service Teachers towards Inclusive Education. International Journal of Innovative Research and Development, Volume 8. ISSN No. 2278-0211.
  17. Unabia, M.C.C. & Paulican, J.B. (2019). Indicators of Participation of Community Civic Organizations. International Journal of Multidisicplinary Research and Publications, Volume 11. ISSN 2581-6187.
  18. Tantoy, O. (2019). Implementation of Extension Projects of Bukidnon State University: Basis for Monitoring Scheme. Asia Scientific Journal – Liceo de Cagayan University. ISSN 2094-1064.
  19. Mugot, M.A.C & Mendoza, R.O. (2019). Development of a Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic (VAK) Model-Based Classroom Management Toolkit for Pre-Service Teachers. ASEAN Journal of Education, Volume 5.
  20. Ejem, L.A. & Castillo, J.H. (2019). Enhancing Grade Seven Learners’ Academic Performance in Biology through Virtual Museum. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Approach and Studies, 6 (4). ISSN No. 2648-537X
  21. Gaylo, D.N., Añar, L.E., Tantoy, O.A. (2019). A Diffusion Model for Highly Fluctuating Phenomenon: Application to Global Hunger. Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 16. ISSN: 1656-5207.
  22. Garcia, H.P. & Embudo, R.A. (2019). Will Military Expenditure Secure National Peace and Spur Economic Growth. Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 16. ISSN: 1656-5207.
  23. Panes, J.M.M. & Aribe, S.G. Jr. (2019). Will State of Happiness Assure Global Peace. Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 16. ISSN: 1656-5207.


  1. Abejuela, H.J. (2018). Rhetorical Structure and Features of Literature Review in Graduate Theses Across Disciplines. Liceo Journal of Higher Education Research, June 2018, Volume 14, ISSN No. 2244-0461 (ASEAN Citation Index).
  2. Flores, R.T.G. (2018). Philippine SUCs Compliance Performance on RA 10173: A Case Study on Bukidnon State University. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (Scopus Indexed)
  3. Franks, P., Mirasol, J.M., Bendsen, N., Gonzales, A., Fabe, M. & De la Cruz, R.E. (2018). Agusan March Wildlife Reserve, Philippines in Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA): Early experience of a multi-stakeholder methodology for enhancing equity and effectiveness. International Institute for Environment and development (IIED), November 2018, ISBN No. 978-1-78431-622-8 (International Refereed Journal)
  4. Hidalgo, L.C. & Valdez, M.G. (2018). An Initial Foray Into the Productive Pedagogies Practices of an English Language Program. Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, December 2018, Vol. 15, ISSN No. 2599-4891 (ASEAN Citation Index).
  5. Itaas, E. (2018). Voices Matter! A Reflective Analysis of Graduate Students’ Assessment on Instructional System Design Program. Liceo Journal of Higher Education Research, December 2018, Volume 14, No. 2, ISSN No. 2244-0461 (ASEAN Citation Index)
  6. Ortiz, C. B. (2018). Laboratory Behavior Strategies in Relation with the Inquiry Skills of College Chemistry Students. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Approach and Studies, Vol. 05, No. 6, November 2018, ISSN No. 2348-537X (International Refereed Journal).
  7. Ramirez, I.A.I. (2018). Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences in Teaching Junior High School. International Journal for Multidisciplinary Approach and Studies. Vol. 05, No. 2, April 2018, ISSN No. 2348-537X (International Refereed Journal).
  8. Ramirez, I.A.I. (2018). The Racial Slur Against Bisaya in the Light of John Rawls’ Theory of Justice. International Journal for Multidisciplinary Approach and Studies. Vol. 05, No. 3, May 2018, ISSN No. 2348-537X (International Refereed Journal)
  9. Rupinta, M.P.F. & Abejuela, H.J. (2018). Emergent Literacy Skills of Children with Special Learning Needs. Liceo Journal of Higher Education Research, June 2018, Volume 14, ISSN No. 2244-0461 (ASEAN Citation Index).
  10. Torres, B.R.R, Lubos, L.C. & Itaas, E.C. (2018). Designing a Mentoring Program Prototype for the Government Scholars. Liceo Journal of Higher Education Research, June 2018, Volume 14, ISSN No. 2244-0461 (ASEAN Citation Index)
  11. Valdez, M.G. & Paulican, J.B. (2018). Exploring the Alternative Learning System Radio-Based Instruction of Malaybalay City. Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, December 2018, Vol. 15, ISSN No. 2599-4891 (ASEAN Citation Index).

Externally Funded Researches
externally funded

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Research Program in the Province of Bukidnon, Philippines (2017-2019)

This two-year research program aims to develop an integrated framework for the assessment of various adaptive measures of disaster risk reduction and management for the Province of Bukidnon.   It intends to conduct various projects in the field of governance, education, health and science.  It will particularly focus on the basic services of LGUs, DRR and Management for school-aged children, health and environmental risk assessment and land use policies.  The overall expected output of this program is an integrated framework for the assessment of various adaptive measures to respond to issues in areas prone to flooding in the Province of Bukidnon, specifically in the communities along the protected areas in the province.externally funded 2

Balik Scientist Host Institution
balik scientist

The Bukidnon State University was awarded as a Host Institution of the Balik Scientist Awardee Dr. Alejandro Fernandez Tongco under the Balik Scientist Program (Short-term Category) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD). Dr. Tongco is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert. He earned his doctorate in General Engineering from Oklahoma State University. During his stay in the university, he introduced GIS as a research tool for BukSU researches. He was also a resource person in the Seminar-Workshop on Geospatial Data Analysis Using Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) for the BukSU DRRM Research Program.

 In October 2018, the university, as represented by Dr. Joy M. Mirasol received the Certificate of Recognition for the short-term engagement of a Balik Scientist as a catalyst for global innovation and competitiveness.

Training for Research Trainers
The RU conducts training workshop for research trainers to empower the university faculty to become effective research leaders in their respective field of expertise. The capability development activity consists of twelve (12) outcomes-based modules which strengthen the technical research skills of BukSU faculty vis-à-vis sessions on writing publishable papers and new research methodologies, among others.research trainersAs of July, 2019, the RU is on its 2nd Batch of Trainees for the Training for Research Trainers. This TOT is designed for the mentees to become research mentors themselves. New research methodologies are also introduced. Dr. Roberto N. Padua, Former CHED Commissioner  and BukSU Research Consultant , is the resource person of the TOT.

2019 In House-Review of Capsule Proposals
Last July 25, 2019, 57 research proposals were presented by faculty of the different colleges. The In-House Review of Capsule Proposals serve as a venue for BuKSU researches to present their proposals for funding of the university. This activity was held last July 25, 2019. Fifty seven (57) research proposals were presented by faculty of the different colleges. The BukSU Research Committee (RC) and Research Ethics Committee (REC) members were the panel of experts during the proposal presentation.InHouseReview

Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences
ASIA Pacific JournalThe Asia Pacific Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, formerly Bukidnon State University Research Journal,  is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide an avenue for researchers exhibiting emergent breakthroughs in the different disciplines of social and behavioral sciences. It publishes research articles focusing on economics, financing, governance and management of higher education; human resource supply and demand; institutional accreditation/quality assurance studies; institution-building studies and research utilization studies. It also welcomes the publication of papers related to education, science, and health, ecology, and environment; socio-economic, political and cultural studies as well as humanities and communication

Sentro ng Wika at Kultura
PepitoThe Sentro ng Wika at Kultura (SWAK) was established in 2018 by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) represented by Commissioner Virgilio S. Almario and Bukidnon State University, represented by Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez. As the regional branch of the KWF, the SWAK takes the lead in sustaining the cultural resources of Northern Mindanao. Its mandate include the conduct of researches, conferences and other academic activities which can promote Filipino as the national language and at the same time, strengthen indigenous languages.

Selyo ng Kahusayan
The Selyo ng Kahusayn is a distinction given to any of the 41 Sentro ng Wika at Kultura all over the Philippines for excellence and efficiency in carrying out the projects and activities of the KWF. It also recognizes the leadership exemplified by the Sentro in terms of organizing activities to promote Filipino language and culture. BukSU received its third Selyo ng Kahusayan last August 27, 2019 at the Balay Alumni, University of the Philippines, Quezon City. The university received its first and second Selyo last 2016 and 2018 respectively.

Aside from the Selyo, two BSE Filipino alumni also received recognition. Mr. Precioso M. Dahe, received the Gawad KWF Mananasay ng Taon para sa kanyang akdang pinamagatan na “Dabong-Yabong Filipinas: Ang Etnolingguwistikong Paggalugad sa Katutubong Wika Bilang Adarga” while Mr. Jhon Joseph Pandong was awarded as the First KWF Ambassador sa Wika. Both awardees are BSE Filipino Batch 2017 graduates of BukSU.SelyoNgKahusayan

Bantayog ng Wika
BantayogNgWikaThe country’s 6th Bantayog-Wika was installed at the Bukidnon Provincial Freedom Park, Capitol Compound, Malaybalay last July 9, 2018. The KWF Chairperson and National Artist Virgilio S. Almario formally installed the Bantayog. Commissioner Almario said that the monument was an acknowledgement to the local Binukid knowledge and a reflection of the local government’s effort to preserve local languages in the Philippines. He further noted that Bukidnon’s Bantayog-Wika is the second of its kind in Mindanao, the other monument was installed in Mati City, Davao Oriental as recognition to the Manday’a language.

The inscription in the Bukidnon Bantayog-Wika is the alibata form of Gat Andres Bonifacio’s poem, “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Bayan.”

Ulirang Guro
UlirangGuroThe Ulirang Guro sa Filipino award is the annual recognition given by the KWF to outstanding Filipino teachers who show great dedication in promoting Filipino and other indigenous languages thru commendable use of Filipino as medium of instruction.

For 2019, in its sixth year of giving the award, the KWF selected the seven Ulirang Guro sa Filipino from 139 nominations nationwide. One of these awardees is Dr. Rodello Pepito, SWAK Director. He received the award last October 1, at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila. This is the second time that a BukSU faculty received the award. Dr. Judith Singcolan of the BukSU Language and Letters Department also received the award last 2017.

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