UT Science student eyes career in medical research

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Daniel Kojder is most at home when he’s surrounded by Bunsen burners, beakers and test tubes. “I’m a hands-on kind of person,” he says. “I love being in the lab, mixing chemicals and creating reactions.”

Daniel discovered his interest in biochemistry after coming to Douglas straight out of high school. Now, as a University Transfer student, he is earning credits that will count toward the first two years of a degree. After that, he plans to transfer to SFU to study biochemistry, finish his degree and pursue a career in medical research and development.

For Daniel, it made sense to come to Douglas first. He likes the lower fees and smaller classes sizes. But there’s also a bonus for students who share his interest in the sciences.

“At Douglas, I can get more lab time than I would at a university,” he says. “That practical experience is really important.”

When he’s not studying, Daniel plays competitive pool in one of the biggest leagues in the Lower Mainland. Last year his team won first place in the B.C. championships. One of the youngest players in the league, Daniel is ranked in the top 15.

Thinking of taking your first two years at Douglas? Check the BC Transfer Guide to see which courses transfer to university and how. 

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