Distinguished Teacher Uses Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Teaching

Professor Guegium Kana has been awarded a Distinguished Teachers’ Award for 2017 in recognition of his innovative teaching methods and harnessing of information technology. ‘This prestigious award from an institution of UKZN’s ranking comes with great honour, and high expectations to further improve teaching and impact the community,’ said Kana, of the School of Life Sciences.

Master of All Trades

Award-winning filmmaker Dr Preshanthan Moodley obtained his PhD in the field of Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Moodley, who hails from Richards Bay, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, moved to Johannesburg after completing his matric to study film-making at AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Honours

Television Dream in Reach for Science Graduate

Ms Sthabile Mavundla, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Life Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is well on her way to a career that will combine her love for science with her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for communicating. This could include a presence on the small screen after she impressed

A Lover of Nature and Science

Visits to his grandparents’ farm inspired Mr Stuart Demmer to pursue studies in Ecological Sciences. Demmer graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Ecological Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He said he chose rangeland ecology because of his love for the creation humans are a part of. ‘There are so many intricacies which

DNA Girl Passes Cum Laude

While other teenage girls were searching the internet for the latest beauty and fashion trends, Ms Kiosha Bhikraj was looking for DNA extraction kits. Her enquiring mind led her down the path of success. Bhikraj graduated cum laude with her Honours in Genetics. As a teenager Bhikraj’s curious mind of wanting to know how things function drew

Scientist Driven to Make Social Change

Ms Yanga Mdleleni was proud to have graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences. She is proud of how far she has come and where she is going. ‘It is a reminder that hard work will always be rewarded, and it is a step closer to fulfilling my dream,’ she said. Mdleleni chose to enter

Biochemistry Masters Graduate is Inspired to Inspire Greatness

Ms Silungele Nontuthuko Blose lists graduating with Masters in Biochemistry as her greatest achievement. She said her journey to graduation had been a roller coaster ride that resulted in tears at times. Graduation for Blose was a moment of recognition of her hard work, as well as an opportunity to focus on the next steps she will

Budding Forensics Analyst Graduates Honours Summa Cum Laude

Hard work and determination paid off for Ms Sharren Peter, who graduated summa cum laude with an Honours degree in Forensics Genetics. Peter lived by the motto: ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’ It was a dream come true, not only for Peter, but also her proud family. Her passion and enthusiasm for

Decade Long Journey to Doctorate

Hard work paid off for Dr Kerryn Taylor who received a PhD in Molecular Biology. ‘Graduating is a huge achievement and acknowledgement that all my hard work was worth it’, said Taylor. She said it was a long and arduous journey, during which time she kept her eye on the prize. ‘When studying long-term (10 years),

Biochemistry Technician Achieves PhD Triumph

Senior Biochemistry Laboratory Technician at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus, Dr Nirasha Nundkumar, graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry after successfully balancing her full-time duties as a technician with her research on nanomaterials in gene delivery. Nundkumar’s research centred on the important field of gene therapy, wherein treatment of the underlying cause of a