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5. Ms. Hlengiwe Sondlane, an M.MedSc student at the UFS-NGS Unit wins the 1st Runner up at the Masters 3MT Thesis competition at the Faculty of Health Sciences and University of the Free State Institutional level.

Miss Hlengiwe Sondlane, a M.MedSc student at the UFS-NGS Unit won the first runner-up at the UFS Faculty of Health Sciences and UFS Institutional level 3MT thesis competition held on 18 September and 13 October 2023, respectively. The 3MT thesis competition provides students with the opportunity to compete for prizes by presenting their thesis in a concise manner, understandable to non-scientific audience and professionals while demonstrating their presentation skills within 3 minutes. Miss Hlengiwe 3MT competition title was “RSV infection: A ravaging virus masked and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic”. In her words, “Emerging victorious in this competition serves as a source of continued motivation for me. I take great pride in this accomplishment and express my gratitude for the opportunity. This triumph will inspire me to participate in other highly competitive platforms in the future”. She expresses her profound gratitude for the unwavering support provided by her supervisor, Prof. Martin Nyaga, and the members of the UFS-NGS Unit.

A happy supervisor and the winners. From left to right: Mr Milton Mogotsi, Prof Martin Nyaga, and Miss Hlengiwe Sondlane.