August 11, 2018, by Lee Mei Kee
Congratulations to the class of 2018!
Three years ago, the Department of Biomedical Sciences was overjoyed to welcome the largest cohort of BMS students to date. On 22nd July 2018, some of the academics joined these students in commencing the official completion of their 3 years of undergraduate journey in UNMC. Undeniably, the class of 2018 has made us proud as 9 students received first class honors and 5 students were awarded the Nottingham Advantage Award during the graduation ceremony.
The annual BMS prize giving ceremony was also held shortly after the commencement to recognise and celebrate the achievements of students in a few areas. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the “Best Overall Performance” prize which is given out to a student that achieved best performance across his/her 3 years of undergraduate study. Chong Zhi Xiong was the proud winner of this award as well as “The Best Professional Skill” award which recognizes his excellence in modules related to professional skills in Biomedical Sciences.
Upon receiving the award, Zhi Xiong recalled his journey in these 3 years: “Time flies and finally I am officially graduated with a Biomedical Sciences degree from UNMC. The study environment is very conducive and the lecturers are very knowledgeable and helpful. Throughout my stay in the university during the past three years, I was privileged and honoured to work with different lecturers who specialize in different key research areas. I believe that the knowledge and skills which I have obtained in the university would definitely make me a stronger person who could survive in either scientific or non-scientific world. Thank you UNMC Biomedical Sciences for the wonderful memories!”
On the other hand, Araniyah Srikuruparan was another proud winner of the other 2 awards, namely “The Best Research Project” and “The Best Research Proposal Pitch” awards which acknowledged the best performance in final year project and pitching of the project proposal respectively in her year 3. Araniyah described that her year-long journey towards completing the project wasn’t easy and involved a lot of dedication and hard work along with motivation from her project supervisor and lab mates. Upon receiving the recognition, she expressed “I was truly humbled and honoured for the recognition. Like the famous physicist Albert Einstein once said, ‘You never fail until you stop trying.’ Every challenge, failure and success that I faced throughout the project was a great knowledgeable learning experience in every way that moulded me to become a more confident, spontaneous and enthusiastic person. Receiving the awards greatly encourages me to take up more challenging projects in the future and to continue in the field of research and development thereby paving a path for me to contribute to the scientific community. As future biomedical scientists it is our duty to put our innovative and collective minds together for the betterment of future wellbeing.’
Certificates were also given out to 4 volunteers of RMS Microscope Project in recognition to their contribution to the various activities run under the outreach project which was led by Prof. Ting Kang Nee, the head of BMS department.
Congratulations to the class of year 2018 and we wish you all the best in your journey forward.
Article by: Dr Ho Wan Yong (BMS academic)