University research associate Rona Karmela D. Bravo from Institute of Chemistry (IC) was awarded a 2013 BPI-DOST Science Award for her work on bioactive peptides in pigeon peas. Two other UPLB students, Fernando Lit and Ryo Toyoda were also selected to compete in the national level for the Awards. The BPI-DOST Science Awards is a program that gives annual recognition to students who excel as researchers in their special fields of study, namely: physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, biology and chemistry.
Ms. Bravo’s work is one of the pioneering researches on bioactive peptides with anti-hypertensive, antibacterial, and antioxidative properties found in “kadyos” (pigeon pea). Ms. Bravo shares her award with her thesis adviser Dr. Mary Ann O. Torio, present Deputy Director of IC. At present, Ms. Bravo is working as a university research associate under Dr. Torio’s project on Nanotechnology. 
As a student, Ms. Bravo was consistently on the honors list and graduated cum laude during the 1st semester of school year 2012-2013 under the BS Chemistry program. She was also a member of the 2011 and 2012 IC PACS team which represented UPLB in the annual PACSiklaban, a national collegiate chemistry quiz contest, where they won 2nd and 1st place, respectively.