NMMU student Lana Strydom joint winner of Brian Seymour Memorial Award

BY ROSLYN BAATJIES - OCTOBER 30, 2014

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan master’s Pharmacy student and Vice-Chancellor Scholarship recipient Lana Strydom is the joint winner of a top national pharmacy award.

The former Harvest Christian School matriculant shares the Brian Seymour Memorial Award with a student from Rhodes University, Christy Clayton.

The award recognises the top student based on academic excellence, leadership qualities and involvement in local and national student affairs.

“To win this award is humbling – it’s not something I expected or set out to achieve. I worked hard academically to meet my own high standards, not because I was trying to meet other people’s expectations,” said an overjoyed Lana, 23, who completed her BPharm degree cum laude last year.

Lana is presently studying towards her MSc in Pharmaceutics while lecturing part-time in the pharmacy department.

She had high praise for those who have supported her – her parents, brother, friends and lecturers.

“It is only by God’s grace that I did so well and I feel extremely blessed.”

Lana aims to finish her Master’s by the end of next year and then undertake her community service in 2016.

“I haven’t quite decided what happens after that. Pharmacy is a very diverse field and I could see myself going into industry, academia or hospital pharmacy. After doing community service I will have gained more experience and will know where my true passion lies.”

Outside of pharmacy, Lana has a passion for animals and loves horse riding. She also likes spending time with friends, discovering the best restaurants and coffee shops in the Bay, and watching rugby.

The award will be presented at a formal function at the KZN branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) offices in Durban on 15 November.