Nienke Lubben has been nominated by Professor P W Andrew, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, for the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) undergraduate Microbiology Prize 1999 - an award for best performance.
The SGM is the largest UK microbiology society, and against competition from 50 students nationwide Nienke won one of six awards for outstanding work in her second-year Microbiology course. Nienke is the first Leicester undergraduate student to win this prestigious award.
Professor P W Andrew presented Nienke with a cheque for £50, a certificate and one year's Undergraduate Membership of the Society.
When asked what her advice would be to any student who would like to follow in her footsteps Nienke - a staunch member of the University Rowing Club - said "it is important to balance your studies with activities over the three years. Some students put everything in the first two years and they are burnt out by the third year, they are left with no motivation."
Dr John Challiss, of the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, Nienke's personal tutor, commented, "I would like to add my congratulations to Nienke - she is one of our top students in Biological Sciences and certainly deserves this recognition of her hard work. Its always reassuring to find students who are able to put in the hard work to their studies and still find the time for a busy sports and social life".
Nienke's plans for the future are to take a year out to travel, then to return to University to undertake a PhD concentrating on human disease mechanisms.
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