ALMOST 100 Charles Sturt University students in Thurgoona have had their eyes on the prize in their studies.
Yesterday, science stu- dents were presented with an Executive Dean’s Award for achieving distinctions in all their subjects last year.
CSU’s executive Dean of Science Professor Tim Wess said embarking on a degree was a commitment and achievement needed to be recognised.
“It shows people are exceeding in their ability,” he said.
“It’s not just about getting into university and acquiring the degree.”
Christopher Maher, studying a Bachelor of Podiatry (honours), and Lewis Tinley (Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management) were among those who received awards.
Mr Maher said the honour would give him an advantage.
“There’s a lot of competition for those top class jobs and if employers can see we have consistent results it shows them we are willing to keep up with work and learning,” he said.
“I had to work fairly hard, there was a lot of studying involved to achieve my marks and I had to dedicate a lot of time to do it.”
Mr Tinley said working hard allowed him to define himself as an individual before he entered the workforce.
“I am working above and beyond to be an environmental scientist to face challenges my work will present,” he said.