First female South African to obtain Math PhD at University of Venda

First female South African to obtain Math PhD at University of Venda

- Dephney Mathebula has made history at the University of Venda

- She has become the first female South African to obtain a PhD in Mathematics at the institution

- She also lectures mathematics at the same university

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Dephney Mathebula has made history by becoming the first female South African to obtain a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Venda.

Mathebula made the achievement on Friday last week, theobserver.co.za reports. She is also a Mathematics lecturer at the institution.

Her achievement is remarkable because she opted to repeat Grade 12 in 2001 to obtain higher grades so she could pursue a career in Mathematics, Briefly.co.za gathered.

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Mathebula subsequently enrolled for a BSc degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. However, poor performance compelled her to change to BSc in Mathematics and Statistics.

Her determination was never diminished despite spending five years, instead of the usual three, pursuing her degree. She finally obtained her Honours in 2009.

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The National Research Foundation (NRF) awarded Mathebula a bursary to pursue a second honours degree, this time in Biomathematics, at Stellenbosch University.

The math wiz also obtained her MSc in Mathematics from Stellenbosch before enrolling for her PhD at the University of Venda.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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