26 May 2021 Volume :9 Issue :19

Top Achiever in Biochemistry

Top Achiever in Biochemistry
Ms Humaira Vawda.

Miss Humaira Vawda attained her B Med Science Honours degree summa cum laude and was the top overall achiever in Honours in Biochemistry in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences.

Vawda is currently studying towards her master’s degree which focuses on cancer drug research. While she does not know what the future holds, she hopes to build her academic profile.

‘I loved science at school and was interested in studying the human body. I also wanted to make an impact in the scientific world. In second year, I took my first Biochemistry module and really enjoyed it. In my third year I did a course that involved basic Medical Biochemistry and I fell in love and decided to pursue my honours in this field.’

Vawda was awarded a scholarship from UKZN as well as an external bursary. Her undergraduate degree was awarded cum laude and she achieved Deans’ Commendations in her first and third-year of study. In her honours’ year, she received certificates of merit for all her modules and her research project and was awarded funding by the National Research Foundation. 

’Although I didn’t encounter major challenges during my studies, I struggled for a while to find my academic niche,’ said Vawda who added that she draws strength from her family and friends, and believes that God is always with her.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Supplied

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