Outstanding Reviewer Award for Physics Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP), Dr Aniekan Ukpong has received an Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of the high quality and timeliness of his reviews of research in the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter during 2019. Ukpong was one of 67 outstanding reviewers recognised by the

Geology Professor Recognised for Editorial Excellence in Springer Journal

Springer Nature recently released a list of editors across a range of qualifying journals where authors rated their publishing experiences in 2019 highly, and falling within the top 25% of journals was Natural Resources Research (NRR), edited by UKZN’s Professor Emmanuel John Carranza of the Discipline of Geological Sciences. Authors indicated their satisfaction with the role of editorial advice and

Master’s Graduate Focuses on Accent Recognition Using Deep Learning

Ms Yuvika Singh has graduated with a cum laude MSc degree in Computer Science, specialising in accent recognition using deep learning. After completing matric with flying colours, Singh left her home town of Richards Bay to study for a Bachelor of Science degree at UKZN – her choice of institution directed by the outstanding quality

High Achiever Aims for Career as Data Scientist

Mr Leenane Makurumure graduated with a BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology (IT) summa cum laude after earning several scholarships during his undergraduate years that enabled him to complete his studies and set him on a path towards his goal of becoming a data scientist. Makurumure first encountered IT in his Grade 10 year

Doctoral Graduate Attracted to UKZN by its Excellent Engineering Programme

UKZN’s highly rated Engineering programme attracted Dr Inbanathan Govender to study at the Institution and now he has graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Said Govender: ‘I enrolled for my BSc Chemical Engineering degree at UKZN in 2008. In my final undergraduate year, Prof Deresh Ramjugernath gave a lecture on the value to society

Heightening Awareness about Diabetes at the Core of MSc Research

Research aimed at raising awareness about diabetes so that more testing can be done and measures put in place to help sufferers, formed the backbone of Ms Nina Grundlingh’s summa cum laude MSc degree in Statistics. After completing her secondary education at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof, Grundlingh registered at UKZN with

MSc Research into Statistical Model for Crude Oil Market

Crude oil, the price of which is currently at an all-time low, was the focus of research by Ms Nompilo Mabaso for her Master’s degree in Statistics. Mabaso’s investigations were rewarded when she received her degree summa cum laude during UKZN’s 2020 virtual Graduation ceremony. The aim of her research was to obtain a precise

Green Chemistry PhD Focuses on New Sustainable Protocols

Dr Sandeep VHS Bhaskaruni earned his PhD in Chemistry for his design of new eco-friendly methodologies of synthesizing molecules that could potentially play a role in medicinal chemistry as anti-cancer, antimicrobial or antioxidant agents. ‘In an era of increasing concern about the environment and hazards of chemical products and processes, green chemistry emphasises the need

PhD for Hard Working Lecturer and Doting Mom!

Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Dr Hloniphile Sithole-Mthethwa graduated with a PhD in Applied Mathematics in minimum time, despite working as a lecturer and being a mom to two children – son, Khwezi, and daughter, Bhukosi. Sithole-Mthethwa, who completed her matric at Edendale Technical High School near Pietermaritzburg, says her

PhD Graduate Investigates Chemical Compounds with Antibacterial Promise

Drug molecules which could contribute to combatting drug-resistant bacteria in an era of increasing antibiotic resistance were researched by Dr Neha Manhas for her PhD in Chemistry. Supervised by Professor Neil Koorbanally, Manhas used the concept of molecular hybridisation to develop new Schiff bases of quinazoline-4-ones, testing their biological activity against a range of pathogenic