UKZN Biochemistry and Genetics Student Graduates Summa Cum Laude
Ms Candice De Boer of the School of Life Sciences graduated with a BSc summa cum laude degree, majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics.
De Boer boasts an exemplary academic record, achieving certificates of merit for every module she completed during her undergraduate degree and receiving Dean’s Commendations for each semester of study, showing her consistently high standards and commitment to her degree.
Many of her lecturers expressed amazement at De Boer’s level of academic prowess and conscientiousness in obtaining such high marks.
De Boer, who says she enjoyed Physical Science and Biology while attending Port Shepstone High School, decided to do a BSc and settled on Biochemistry and Genetics as her majors because she found them interesting to study.
‘Biochemistry allows the understanding of cellular biological processes within living organisms while genetics studies show the inherit characteristics of organisms and transmit them to their offspring. Both these fields can be used to understand human diseases and are vital in the quest to find cures.’
De Boer was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for her outstanding results in matric, meaning that all of her expenses were paid for during her first year.
Based on De Boer’s results, the scholarship was renewed for each year of study, enabling her to pursue her degree at UKZN thanks to her diligence and focus.
De Boer says she gives her all in academic work to achieve the results that she has. ‘I tried to never miss lectures and I made sure I was up to date with all my practical reports and assignments,’ said De Boer of her approach to her undergraduate work.
De Boer said that the support of her mother meant a great deal to her during her undergraduate degree. ‘My mom encouraged me to persevere; she always motivated me to believe in myself,’ said De Boer.
De Boer is currently pursuing her honours in Biochemistry at UKZN.
- Christine Cuénod