UKZN Student Sole Recipient of 2015 SA Association for Advancement of Science Medal
The South African Association for the Advancement of Science awards only one medal a year to a student in Sciences and Applied Sciences at each university in the country and at UKZN the proud 2015 recipient is Ms Fadekemi Janet Osaye of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.
Osaye received the award for the best Masters research dissertation which was titled: Eigenvalues, Special Numbers and Tree-Cover Ratios, Asymptotes and Areas of Graphs.
The medal was presented by the UKZN representative of the Association, Professor Bice Martincigh. Dr Paul Winter and Professor Simon Mukwembi supervised Osaye’s Masters dissertation.
‘I am very grateful and delighted to have been awarded this scholarship,’ said Osaye. ‘It means the world to me as it has also motivated me to work hard and achieve more academically.
Rodrigues said: ‘I would like to convey to Janet my congratulations for her achievement. She is a young lady whose sights are on an academic career path and it will take a lot to deter her. This achievement is a clear indication of her dedication and perseverance.
‘I also want to congratulate Professor Mukwembi and D. Winter for a job well done. This is a credit to the student, the supervisors and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. All the best for the future.’
Said Osaye: ‘I am confident that receiving this award will produce better outcomes not only for my future academic endeavours in obtaining my PhD, but also for the future upbringing of younger mathematicians and the society at large. In general, this award will help me achieve my goals in life.
‘At UKZN, I have been inspired as a woman to be a source of inspiration and my experience as a volunteer in nurturing and encouraging young ones was inspired in turn by the UKZN CAES PG Network. This experience has motivated me into starting up an NGO,’ said Osaye.
‘I believe greatness is achieved through constant effort and perseverance even in the face of challenges. It is important to focus on your goals and maintain a positive attitude.’