2012 is turning out to be a great research year for students in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, says Academic Leader for Higher Degrees and Research, Professor Henry Mwambi.

Mwambi was speaking after PhD student, Mr Yusuf Nyonyi, who is working under the joint supervision of Professor Kesh Govinder and Professor Sunil Maharaj, won first prize for his presentation at the South African Mathematics Society conference in Stellenbosch.

Said Nyonyi: ‘My presentation was about providing exact solutions to radiating and charged relativistic spheres using Lie's group theoretic approach.’

Nyonyi said he had received lots of questions and criticism during his talk.   ‘The award for the best PhD presentation therefore came as a surprise.  But the questions must have enabled me to put our ideas across fairly well.’

Nyonyi is a student in UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU). ‘It is really a great honour to be able to represent ACRU, the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science and the University of KwaZulu-Natal at such a meeting, and more importantly for my efforts to be acknowledged,’ said Nyonyi.

‘I am duly indebted to my supervisors for their guidance all through my postgraduate studies’

Nyonyi is not the only postgraduate student in the School to have his research acknowledged.  At the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science’s Postgraduate Research Day, Mr Oscar Ngesa, a PhD student in Statistics, won third prize for his oral presentation in the Mathematics stream of talks. The title of his talk was: “Bayesian Spatial Modelling of HIV Variation Among Counties in Kenya: A Closer Look at Women Data”.  Mr Ngesa’s Supervisor is Dr Thomas Achia with Professor Henry Mwambi as co-supervisor.

author email : frosts@ukzn.ac.za