A Felpham woman has gained a first class degree from the Univesity of Oxford.
Lauren Armstrong, 22, who lives in Walsham Close said: "I was in disbelief. I think my year went really well.
"I just had great time and got involved in everything."
Lauren's final project included the genetic modification of worms and the 'knocking-down' of genes. The graduation ceremony was in Oxford at the Sheldonian Theatre and was held in Latin. Lauren said: "You just nod along and bow when they tell you to."
During her time at university, Lauren took up sports from underwater hockey to Jiu Jitsu the latter seeing Lauren win Gold in a national ground fighting competition.
Mum Joy had just got off the plane in Malta when Lauren called about her results. She said: "I was absolutely amazed, I could not have been prouder."
Lauren has come back from three months travelling in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam and soon sets off for India, Nepal, Australia and Guatemala.
Joy added that Lauren's father had passed away last year and said: "it was very traumatic for her but she has done amazingly well.
"I missed her when she went away last time so I shall miss her even more.
"It's like a big hole but it's part of the experience for her and she is going to get on wonderfully.
"There will always be a home for her here."
After travelling Lauren will begin work with Deloittes in London.