Two academics from the Faculty of Science at UCT, Professor Kelly Chibale and Professor Kevin Naidoo, were among 20 of the country's leading scholars and scientists inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual award ceremony. Dr Sarah Fawcett, a lecturer in the Oceanography department, featured in ASSAf’s inauguration of 10 new members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).
The Department of Physics recently hosted a Womxn in Physics lunch to highlight the issue of under representation of women in Physics and to encourage current students to consider further studies in the field. At this event two PhD students shared their journey and tips for success with the students and staff who attended.
At the annual NRF Awards function where recipients for top honours in the science and research field are announced, Professor Ed February, Department of Biological Sciences, was announced as the recipient of the Hamilton Naki Award. This award honours individuals for achieving world-class research performance despite considerable challenges.
UCT palaeoscientist, Associate Professor Emese Bordy, from the Department of Geological Sciences at UCT was among the international team of scientists from UCT, University of the Witwatersrand, Oxford University and the South African National Museum, who discovered a new species of a giant dinosaur, Ledumahadi Mafube, in the Free State Province.
Home to approximately 2 600 students, of which some 36% are postgraduate research students registered in the 12 academic departments – Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Statistical Sciences.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science