Two Food Science students, Emma van der Merwe and Lara Moller, were the top achievers from the Faculty of AgriSciences invited to the University's annual prestige evening for first year students.
The event was held at Neethlingshof, and celebrated the academic achievements of those who completed their first year in 2015. The top achievers from the various faculties were invited to attend. The students also had an opportunity to nominate a lecturer who has made a positive impact on their first year at Stellenbosch University.
Emma hails from the Boland and matriculated from Worcester Gymnasium. She is excited about the possibilities that her career as a food scientist holds, and hopes to make a difference in people's lives through it.
Emma nominated her chemistry lecturer, Dr Gareth Arnott. "He made chemistry fun and understandable and always managed to maintain a positive energy while lecturing," she explains.
Lara comes from Durban and matriculated from Westville Girls' High. About her choice to follow Food Science, she says: "I feel like I have found a way to combine science and yet still impact the people around me. This is exciting for the people's person I am."
She says the energy, jokes and support of one of her first year lecturers, Prof Pieter Gouws, has had a huge impact on her, and has helped her to succeed.
Prof Gouws says it was an honour to be acknowledges as such. "It reminded me again of the important task that every lecturer has."