In addition, two PhD students were also recognized for their scientific efforts and were each granted the TATA Africa Scholarship for Women in Science. Marilize Everts is a Mechanical Engineering PhD student and Andrea Wilson is pursuing a PhD in Genetics.
EBIT hosts bursary event for women
On 12 August the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) presented its first bursary event for women. According to UP’s website, this was to “honour the top 100 Grade 12 women who applied to study engineering at […] UP and were admitted to EBIT programmes for 2018”.
Prof Sunil Maharaj, dean of the faculty officially welcomed the guests while Wallace Isaacs, Director of the University’s Client Service Centre (CSC), held a presentation called “#ChooseUP” promoting the institution.
The acting director of the Department of University Relations (DUR), Shireen Chengadu, was guest speaker. An article on UP’s website adds that she encouraged the prospective students to fight for their dreams regardless of their backgrounds.
UP graduate receives prestigious science prize
Shruti Lall, a UP graduate of Electronic Engineering, was awarded the Bronze medal of the Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3). Prof. Walt Meyer, an associate professor in the Department, a member of S2A3, and representative of the science organization, presented Lall with the award at a ceremony held on 14 August at the Kya Rosa building on the Hatfield Campus. According to the S2A3 website, the science organization grants awards to “promising postgraduate students […] as well as established scientists”.
According to UP’s website, Lall’s academic research included investigations in “optimal placement and power allocation of protective jammers in wireless networks”. As a Fullbright Scholar, Lall is studying towards a PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA.
Compiled by: Ntombi Mkandhla