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Forensic Science student rewarded

A student who hails from Germany has been named UCLan’s Forensic Science Student of the Year, an award from The Forensic Science Society.

Stephanie Benz, now studying for an MSc in DNA Profiling, won the award for her performance as an undergraduate student on the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and Anthropology degree where she achieved a first class honours with an average percentage mark of 79.83%

At a special presentation made by Dr Allison Jones, Dean, School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Stephanie received a certificate and plaque together with complimentary e-membership of the Forensic Science Society. As an additional prize the Stuttgart-based scholar was also awarded a complimentary place at the 2013 Forensic Science Society’s student conference which takes place in December.

Commenting on her award Stephanie said: “I knew I’d achieved the top mark on my course but I didn’t realise I was going to be recognised by The Forensic Science Society. I’m a really curious person and that’s why I enjoy the subject so much, especially the hands-on aspects.”

Dr Allison Jones added: “Competition for the award was extremely strong this year, with over 60 students on the courses, and many high performing students. For Stephanie to achieve the highest mark, when English isn’t her first language, is a marvellous achievement. She has a real thirst for the subject and I know the knowledge gained from her undergraduate course has prepared her well for postgraduate studies.”

In the future Stephanie hopes to study for a PhD in Molecular Biology and then straddle her career between academia and the forensic science services in Germany.