Today, during the Talent Day of Erasmus University, the winner of the ‘EPAR PhD Student of the Year Award’ was announced by Professor Dr H.G. Schmidt, the Rector Magnificus, and Jeanine Porck, president of EPAR. This year’s winner of the EPAR PhD Award is Tahlita Zuiverloon. The jury was impressed by how she goes beyond being a good dedicated researcher with remarkable active social engagement.
Tahlita has an impressive resume, combining scientific excellence with social contributions. She has published several papers in international journals and has presented her work, on bladder cancer, at international conferences. She also set up two new courses for the Postgraduate School of Molecular Science.
The jury was also impressed with her work for Stichting Projecthulp Suriname, a non-governmental organization that supports voluntary exchange projects between the Netherlands and Suriname. Tahlita prepares and guides volunteers throughout their projects and is always looking for new projects. In addition she raises funds through shows and concerts. The fact that she is using her knowledge and skills to help others, in the country she comes from, is impressive and shows an active social engagement.
From Tahlita’s resume and her biography on the website of Stichting Projecthulp Suriname it becomes clear that she also has a strong social ambition; working towards being able to set up her own clinic in a developing country. The jury believes that her internships in South Africa and Suriname and residency at an hospital in Malawi will surely help her in that pursuit. The jury is very enthusiastic about Tahlita’s great talent and dedication and thinks her effort and mentality an example for a lot of PhD students.
Tahlita receives a price of 1000 euro, provided by the EUR Trustfonds. The recognition and honor of the EPAR PhD of the year award is also an encouragement for more scientific excellence and social activities.