Young Researcher Heads off to Cambridge University
A junior researcher in the Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme (MLCCP) at UKZN’s College of Health Sciences, Miss Sinenhlanhla Zondo, has been accepted at Cambridge University in England for a year’s study towards her MPhil in Public Health.
The course is a combination of Public Health and Epidemiology modules.
Zondo is currently doing data analysis on her sub-project within the MLCCP aimed at improving public access to early diagnostic services, treatment and care for lung cancer. She is also preparing her first manuscript to submit to a journal for publication.
‘Being given an offer to study at Cambridge University has really shown me that you can achieve anything you put your mind to,’ said Zondo. ‘International universities seemed out of reach, especially Cambridge, but here I am preparing to start this exciting chapter in my life.
‘I am mentally preparing myself for starting a journey during which I will study for a demanding Master of Philosophy degree at a world-renowned university. The thought of being among top students globally gives me motivation to push myself and make my mark in the world of academia. I am anxious about the journey as I am still awaiting a scholarship interview from the Gates organisation,’ she said.
Zondo believes completing the degree will provide her with the tools she needs to fulfil her dream of making an impact on the field of health in South Africa.
She is currently writing her Master of Medical Science thesis under the supervision of Dr Khumbulani Hlongwana and Dr Themba Ginindza in the School of Nursing and Public Health.
Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Zondo is from a family of three headed by a single mother. ‘Growing up my focus was on my academics and sports which won me a number of accolades, including one of my proudest achievements - being elected as Head Girl in Matric at my school in 2009,’ said Zondo.
Her biggest supporter is her older brother, Bongumusa, who is an online Editor for Aquavisions, a production company working with Animal Planet and National Geographic.
‘Being raised by a woman who I consider the strongest female I know has taught me lessons that will carry me through my whole life as a Black African woman.’
Words: Nombuso Dlamini