ZIMBABWEAN Sekai Lana Tombe has won the 2013 L’Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowship For Women in Science which honours women scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa for their work.
Tombe, a PhD candidate in chemistry and physics at South Africa’s University of the Western Cape, was awarded a fellowship of 15,000 Euro to contribute towards her research along with ten other winners from across the African continent.
She said the award would help her further her career.
“It will allow me to maintain my standard and level of excellence, and provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities for the successful completion of my project,” Sekai adds.
“It is a solid step towards my future career as a renewable energy scientist.”
The ambitious 27-year-old held down three jobs as a sub-warden, tutor and demonstrator at Rhodes University just to fund her undergraduate studies.
Her dedication paid off, as she completed all three degrees, including a BSc, BSc (Hons) and MSc in chemistry at Rhodes with distinction.
She was exposed to science academia at a young age, as her father was employed as a general worker in the science faculty of the University of Zimbabwe.
“By engaging with the academics at the university, my love for scientific research …
Source: AllAfrica News: Africa