Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Vivian Nwokorogu (28) graduated for her Degree of Master of Applied Science in Biotechnology with Cum Laude. Nwokorogu received her Master’s Degree at the Durban University of Technology Spring graduation. The ceremony was held at the Olive Convention Centre (OCC) on Monday during the morning session on 18 September 2023.
“I feel so overjoyed and lost for words. It feels like all the sleepless nights and sacrifices finally paid off. It’s a mixed feeling of excitement, relief and a reflection of my academic journey, and I feel so privileged to be honoured with this award. I return all glory to God almighty for his infinite mercies and for making this possible,” said Nwokorogu.
She thanked DUT for giving her the opportunity to further her studies and for offering her a full scholarship throughout the MSc degree. “I specially express my profound gratitude to my supervisors, Professor Sabiu Saheed, Professor Santhosh Pillai and Professor Martin Nyaga, for their unwavering support, scholarly mentorship, invaluable counselling, tolerance and for availing all necessary resources for this MSc virological project. I could not have achieved this feat without their support. I also want to thank the Directorate of Research and Postgraduate Support,” she said.
Nwokorogu explained that biotechnology has always been her first love as she understood some of its key areas. “My interest in a virological study was spurred by the continuous evolution of viruses and their ability to reassort and adapt, breaking species barriers, thus causing infections in humans and animals,” she added.
The purpose driven graduate shared that her journey at DUT has been amazing because of the support she had. She also mentioned how hard it was at the beginning to manage time between studying and her personal life. “I struggled with balancing my life as a mother and a wife with my MSc research. In scientific inquiry, it is not uncommon to meet instances of unsuccessful experiments, unanticipated outcomes, and iterative processes, which may prove to be mentally and emotionally taxing and I was not spared,” she explained.
She encouraged students who are interested in the same career to follow their passion for developing true intentions that will fuel their motivation. It will also be good for the students to build a strong foundation in biology, genetics, and biochemistry early to comprehend molecular biotechnology. “It is also important for me to highlight that giving up is never an option, as it ends with regret, “ she said.
Pictured: Vivian Nwokorogu
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