Meet UB's Brilliant Young Mind - Lorraine Arabang Sebopelo

LorraineMeet Ms Lorraine Arabang Sebopelo, a beautiful and brilliant young mind from Mahalapye in the Central District. Ms Sebopelo is one of many brilliant young minds of the University of Botswana who have distinguished themselves from other students through commitment and dedication towards research and publications.

She currently boasts more than 14 publications in prominent international peer-reviewed journals, and eight verified peer reviews. Ms Sebopelo says she developed the love and passion for publishing journal articles during her second year of medical school.

She has also written opinion pieces on global surgery in Africa, presented at multiple conferences including at United States Ivy League universities such as Harvard, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania. Given her hard work and the desire to create new knowledge, she has been presented with the opportunity by UB to travel abroad to Belgrade, Serbia to present a research abstract at the European Congress of Neurosurgery in October.

Ms Sebopelo is a fourth-year medical student in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University Botswana. She is an aspiring medical practitioner and scientist with a special interest in neurosurgery. She says her vision is for Africa to overcome the unmet need for neurosurgeons driven first by nurturing neurosurgery interest among medical students.

In addition, Ms Sebopelo is currently the Vice President (External Affairs) for the Association of Future African Neurosurgeons (AFAN) as well as research fellow. Her interest includes Neurosurgery, Global Surgery, Global Neurosurgery and Clinical Research.

She is also the student Editor and Ambassador for the International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS) of Botswana. Furthermore, she a member of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Global Neurosurgery Committee, Reviewer and Association Editor for Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ), and a member of the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO).

In pursuit of academic excellence