Dr. Aida Istino-Yap, the current Director of UP NISMED, was conferred an Outstanding Alumna Award by the University of the East Alumni Association, Inc. (UEAA) on 29 September 2018 at the Grand Ballroom, Century Park Hotel, Manila. This award was given to Dr. Yap as a testimonial to her life, for her dedicated service and exceptional accomplishments in her field of expertise, which most closely reflect and effectively project the University of the East’s ideal of achievement.
Dr. Yap graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from UE in October 1980. Right after graduation, she joined the Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences of UE in November 1980 as a mathematics instructor. She obtained her MA in Japan, through a Monbusho scholarship, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of the Philippines. Dr. Yap reached the rank of associate professor before joining NISMED as a Science Education Specialist I in June 1996.