Science Immersion Program (SIP) is one of the educational programs of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System which primarily aims to increase the awareness and knowledge of the scholars on Science and Technology (S&T) and provide them opportunities to interact and learn directly through internship and mentorship from individuals involved in S&T such as scientists, engineers, researchers and technologists in various academic and research institutions.

The SIP is taken by incoming Grades 10-12 students before the start of the academic year or during summer. This program is a two- or three- weeks immersion activity with a minimum 80 hours official immersion time on the participating science or research institution. Student-interns are assigned to the institution based on their interests and chosen specialization.

As the research arm of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) was fortunately chosen by Mr. Lhourd Jacyrone M. Fortus, an incoming Grade 10 student of the Philippine Science High School Ilocos Region Campus. Mr. Fortus selected ERDB Tissue Culture Laboratory under the Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD) to conduct his internship.

ERDB provided Mr. Fortus basic knowledge and skills on plant tissue culture. The training consists lecture on the background, importance and applications of plant tissue culture, basic organization of the laboratory and the processes involved in tissue culture. Hands-on training on the different laboratory and nursery procedures were also conducted. Mr. Fortus also had a chance to visit other laboratories of ERDB such as Botany cum Herbarium, Chemistry, Entomology, Forest Molecular, Microbiology, Pathology, Seed, Soils and Zoology Laboratory.

In the presentation of accomplishments of Mr. Fortus, he shared his learnings and experiences during his summer internship in ERDB. He said that he enjoyed and learned many things from the activities done. He has also gained personal or self-development during his training. The SIP coordinator and adviser of Mr. Fortus appreciated the services provided by the bureau for their student. They were very grateful to those individuals behind, who participated and made this immersion activity successful. They look forward that ERDB would accommodate more scholars in the future. Janine F. Cortiguerra, LESD