04 May 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 14
UKZN staff member, Dr Kristy-Lyn Barry.

Years of Commitment Earn Chemistry Tutor a PhD

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Dr Kristy-Lyn Barry can now add the PhD title to her resumé after working in UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science’s augmented programme teaching chemistry to disadvantaged students as a senior tutor for 15 years.

Cum laude graduate, Ms Anita Masenyama.

Cum Laude Graduate Maps the Value of Grassland Ecosystem Services

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Aspiring academic Ms Anita Masenyama has graduated with a master’s degree cum laude after investigating with remote sensing the water-related ecosystem services provided by grasslands in communal rangelands in South Africa.

Early warning specialist, Dr Hillary Mugiyo.

PhD Research Adds to Knowledge on Underutilised Crops

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Dr Hillary Mugiyo, an early warning specialist at Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Agriculture, has used knowledge gained from research for his PhD in Crop Science from UKZN to improve expertise he needs in providing agricultural guidance to farmers and agricultural practitioners for early action.

Top achiever, Mr Alexander Goudemond with his brother, Nicholas (left) and mother, Jennifer.

Proud Graduate Pays Tribute to UKZN Computer Science Academics

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A summa cum laude honours degree graduate has lauded UKZN’s Computer Science staff describing them as incredible leaders and lecturers.

Crop breeder, Dr Bruce Mutari.

Improving Zimbabwe’s Dry Beans for Processing, Nutrition and Drought-Resistance

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Dr Bruce Mutari, a crop breeder at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Zimbabwe, achieved the title of doctor for his research into improving traits of dry (navy) beans for canning and nutritional quality and drought tolerance in Zimbabwe.

IT guru, Mr Mohammed Moodley with his parents, Melanie and Iqbal.

Passionate Programmer Graduates Summa Cum Laude

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‘It has always been a goal of mine to obtain a degree at one of the top universities in South Africa and I was fortunate enough to achieve that at UKZN!’

Summa cum laude graduate, Mr Shealtiel Narainsamy with parents, Keshnee and Krishen.

Follow Your Passion, Says Top Graduate

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‘Behind every adversity is an opportunity. If you lament over the adversity, you will miss the opportunity.’

Top achiever, Ms Sirisha Rampersad is congratulated by her father, Santosh and mother, Khemisha.

Put in the Hours and Be Passionate - Top Achiever

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BSc Microbiology and Biochemistry summa cum laude graduate Ms Sirisha Rampersad chose to study at UKZN because of the University’s prestige and reputation for contemporary laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.

A proud Mr Thando Mthembu.

Passion for Research Stirred in Master’s Graduate

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Mr Thando Mthembu’s research on the water productivity of an indigenous crop helped him find a “sweet spot” for exploring academia and research and a line of work that is shaping his career trajectory.

Mr Ameeth Sooklall graduates with his MSc degree in Computer Science summa cum laude.

Graduate Gets Top Marks and Impresses Supervisor

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‘At times I felt like he was a PhD student rather than a master’s degree candidate owing to his ability to initiate and investigate new ideas and report his results in high quality articles.’

Dr Dadirai Matarira who overcame personal tragedy to obtain a PhD.

Overcoming Tragedy to Secure PhD in Informal Settlement Mapping Research

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Dr Dadirai Matarira’s graduation with a PhD in Environmental Science was a triumph in more ways than one as she faced COVID-19-related personal loss and setbacks while completing her research using remote sensing into the diversities and dynamics of informal settlements in Durban.

Business Intelligence Analyst, Dr Lindokuhle Ntombela.

PhD Graduate in Physics Advances Biomedical Research

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‘I am immensely excited to be awarded my PhD in Physics. I had an amazing academic journey at UKZN,’ says Dr Lindokuhle Charles Ntombela.

Dr Maliata Athon Wanga with his newly-bred, drought-tolerant elite sorghum varieties.

Designing Namibia’s Drought-Tolerant Sorghum

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Dr Maliata Athon Wanga, an Agricultural Scientific Officer with Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR), has completed his PhD in Crop Science through UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) using mutation breeding techniques to develop drought-tolerant sorghum varieties.

Mr Milesh Laltha, Masters in Microbiology cum laude graduate.

Master’s Research Contributes to Development of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Products

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Mr Milesh Laltha, who graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Microbiology, has had two of his scientific articles published in the respected international journals, Bioresource Technology and Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery.

Dr Musa Hussien who plans to continue producing high-quality research.

Physics PhD Research Could Drive Development of Next-Generation Technologies

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Dr Musa Hussien was awarded his PhD for research he did on the modelling of quantum phase transitions in Dirac materials, which could drive the development of next-generation technologies, including spintronics and quantum computing.

An ecstatic Mr Simon Lake with his father, Andrew and mom, Bronwyn.

Summa Cum Laude Graduate Finds Forte in Hydrology Research

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Despite matriculating without any distinctions to his name and requiring a re-mark of his exam papers to qualify to study towards a science degree, Mr Simon Lake’s discovery of an aptitude for hydrological research and hard work earned him a summa cum laude BSc Honours degree.

Ms Tasmiyyah Ebrahim graduates top of her class with a summa cum laude Bachelor of Science degree.

Balance Work and Play, Suggests Top BSc Graduate

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Ms Tasmiyyah Ebrahim has graduated top of her class with a summa cum laude Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology. 

Summa cum laude data scientist, Mr Sikwethembile Cira.

Top Marks for Data Science Graduate

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Mr Sikwethembile Cira has graduated with a BSc degree summa cum laude in Data Science.