Graduate’s Goal is to Work for SKA
BSc Honours summa cum laude Astrophysics graduate Mr Mthokozisi Mdlalose says he wants to become a prominent researcher and work with the SKA telescope.
Mdlalose, who is a recipient of an SKA bursary via the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at UKZN, has an outstanding academic record which includes six Merit Certificates, four Dean’s Commendations and was one of the top performing students within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.
He plans to register for a master’s degree in 2015 and thereafter complete a PhD. Mdlalose initially wanted to become a lawyer due to his love for debating and helping people. ‘My choice of a career changed in Grade 10 when I learnt about Newton’s Laws and found them to be extremely interesting,’ he said.
Soon Mdlalose was reading any book on science he could lay his hands on and stumbled across astronomy. ‘I loved astronomy and looking at the sky. I even used an empty chips packet to protect my eyes when viewing a solar eclipse.’
While his career choice may have changed from Law to Astrophysics, his passion for helping people has not. He provides free tuition to Grade 12 learners in Mathematics and Physics at weekends. ‘It takes a great deal of dedication and patience but it is a very fulfilling experience,’ said Mdlalose.
He says his family and his passion for astrophysics and cosmology are the biggest motivating factors in his life.
- Strini Rajgopaul