06 April 2017
Volume: 5
Issue: 11
Dr Ross Pitman was awarded a PhD in Biology for research on leopard management.

Managing Leopards Subject of PhD Research

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Dr Ross Pitman was awarded a PhD in Biology from UKZN for research he conducted on leopard management.

Top BSc Statistics graduate, Mr Cebelihle Zwane.

Sky’s the Limit for Humble Achiever

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Top third year student in Statistics on the Westville campus, Mr Cebelihle Zwane, was delighted to graduate summa cum laude, notching up no fewer than 24 distinctions, 15 merit certificates and six Dean’s commendations during the course...

BSc graduate Ms Thalia Naidoo - the best overall student in Chemistry on the Westville campus.

‘Best Overall Chemistry Student’ Graduates

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Ms Thalia Naidoo never intended to study Chemistry at tertiary level, imagining herself rather becoming a veterinarian or biological scientist.  However, circumstances led her to enroll for a BSc in Applied Chemistry on UKZN’s Westville campus and she has never looked back!

PhD Biochemistry graduate Dr Chika Chukwuma.

Nigerian Biochemist Receives PhD from UKZN

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Nigerian-born Dr Chika Chukwuma has been awarded his PhD degree in Biochemistry from UKZN.

United in their quest to find new medicines for humanity are (from left): Dr Samuel Aremu of Nigeria, Dr Saba Alapour of Iran, supervisor Professor Neil Koorbanally, Dr Kaalin Gopaul of South Africa and Dr Suhas Shintre of India.

International Doctoral Students Unite in Search for New Medicines for Humanity

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Four doctoral graduates at UKZN had a common purpose – to find new medicines for humanity.

Summa cum laude BSc graduate Ms Zahra Kader has her sights set firmly on an academic career in Astrophysics.

Exciting Career in the Stars for Physics Whizz

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While at high school at Al-Falaah College in Durban, Ms Zahra Kader’s favourite subject was Physics with her teacher describing her ability as ‘extraordinary’.

Ms Bhavna Harbhajan, who graduated summa cum laude with a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science, received the Allan Gray Award from Professor Serestina Viriri for the top Honours student in Computer Science.

Derivco Software Developer Scoops Top Computer Science Honours Student

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Having matriculated with seven distinctions from Durban’s Danville Park Girls’ High School in 2012, it was really no surprise that Ms Bhavna Harbhajan graduated summa cum laude with a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science.

Dr Steven Gordon, seen with his proud parents, graduated with a PhD in Geography.

Xenophobia Researched by PhD Graduate

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Newly capped Dr Steven Gordon’s research on the thorny issue of xenophobia was rewarded when he received a PhD in Geography.

Summa cum laude Physics graduate Ms Zahra Essack, seen here with proud parents Sabiha and Mohammed, will attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to further her studies.

Top Drawer Physics Student to Further Studies in Massachusetts

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Ms Zahra Essack was last year recognised as UKZN’s best undergraduate candidate continuing to Honours studies – today she is still out in front, graduating with a BSc Honours degree in Physics summa cum laude.

Top achiever Ms Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana believes in giving back to her community by tutoring high school pupils and fellow students.

Strong Work Ethic Leads to Success

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A student in UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU), Ms Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana, has been awarded her Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics – a watershed moment in a distinguished academic career.

Science Access student Mr Sonwabile Mafunda graduated with an MSc degree in Mathematics cum laude and is now lecturing at the University of Johannesburg.

Cum Laude Mathematician Sets Shining Example

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From the small rural village of eTshisa in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, cum laude MSc in Mathematics graduate Mr Sonwabile Mafunda grew up in a strict environment where he was not allowed to play on the streets instead doing chores in and around his home.

Ms Amica Muller-Nedebock graduated with a BSc summa cum laude, finishing top in her class for both Genetics and Microbiology.

Top Class Double for Talented Geneticist

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Summa cum laude BSc graduate Ms Amica Muller-Nedebock enjoyed Biology at school, especially learning about topics related to genetics.

The proud family of Mr Bheki Mthembu were on hand to congratulate him on acquiring his BSc degree in Applied Chemistry.

Chemistry Graduate Happy to Give Back to Community

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Mr Bheki Mthembu, who grew up in the rural area of Mfekayi in the Mtubatuba area of northern KwaZulu-Natal, has graduated from UKZN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry.

Ms Courtney Govender who graduated summa cum laude with a BSc Honours degree in Statistics, is congratulated by her proud parents Lorraine and Danny.

Stats SA Honours Top UKZN Statistics Student

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UKZN student Ms Courtney Govender, who graduated with a BSc Honours degree summa cum laude in Statistics, received the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) Award for the top Honours student in Statistics (Westville campus) within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Summa cum laude Geology Honours graduate Mr Luke Engelbrecht.

Marine Geologist Investigates Isipingo Inner Continental Shelf

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After completing his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences, Mr Luke Engelbrecht felt he still needed more exposure before he could go into the industry so he decided to do an Honours degree.

UKZN lecturer Dr Suveshnee Munien, seen here with her family, was awarded a PhD in Environmental Science.

Lecturer Investigates Implementation of Renewable Energy in Marginalised Communities

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Given the diverse socio-economic characteristics of the South African landscape and the impacts of historic discrimination, UKZN lecturer Dr Suveshnee Munien was interested in understanding the various ways in which poverty could be remedied or even escaped by local communities.