She founded a help & support group for students from other countries who, like her, are studying veterinary medicine in Polish. She’s actively involved with the Student Research Group for Exotic Animals ”Mephitis” and with the International Organization of Veterinary Medicine Students. With her thesis on examination of cancer cells she won the first prize during the 22ⁿᵈ International Conference of Student Research Groups. She coorganized the 3ʳᵈ and 4ᵗʰ edition of the International Forum of Medicine and Veterinary Parasitology.
She has been conducting research on dogs suffering from dysplasia, she’s also been developing methods for detection of Giardia duodenalis parasite using the PCR method. She’s a volunteer at a veterinary oncology clinic and a RTG workshop for animals. She’s been promoting veterinary medicine among future students.
Vice-rectors Jarosław Bosy and Józef Sowiński took part in the official award ceremony as well
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– She’s a student who is heavily involved with both the university life and her field of study. I know no other student who would dedicate so much energy, creativity, and time to the faculty, and at the same time to their own scientific development – said the rector Tadeusz Trziszka while recommending Safoura.
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– For the rest of my life I will remember the first time I came home after class and cried. I didn’t understand a thing, and the students around me kept taking notes, page after page. Later, the other students spent 15 minutes studying right before taking a quiz, I spent three hours. So I just needed to learn Polish. And I needed to do it fast – Safoura also admits she received a lot of support from the lecturers who would ask how they could help her, whether she preferred to take oral or written exams, and, whenever she needed, they would explain to her things she had a hard time understanding. – It’s one of the things that kept me motivated, I studied a lot more in order to speak better and not let them down. Though I have made a couple language mistakes – someone once asked me whether we eat cats as part of my culture (weird question, by the way), and I heard ”have” instead of ”eat”, so I started explaining earnestly to the entire group that yes, of course, we do.