From Nongoma to the stars: Woman obtains masters in Nuclear Physics

From Nongoma to the stars: Woman obtains masters in Nuclear Physics

- Senamile Masango will graduate cum laude with a MA in Nuclear Physics

- She overcame the loss of her daughter and focused on her work

- She started organisations to empower young women in the sciences

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Senamile Masango is working her way to the stars and well on the way to achieving her dream of being in space. Senamile will graduate cum laude this week with a Master’s degree in Nuclear Physics and will be one of just a few South African women to hold this qualification.

For Senamile, the path to success has not always been a brisk walk and she has to overcome many challenges to make her dreams come true. A few years ago, Senamile lost her daughter. Struggling to come to terms with it, she found solace in her studies and the people she met at the University of Western Cape where she studies, found.

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Senamile has accomplished a great deal and is not only rebuilding her own life, but is inspiring others by setting a positive example for what African women can aspire to. She was the only women involved in an African-led European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) research experiment, reports IOL.

Eager to help others achieve their dreams, Senamile started a foundation to empower South African women by introducing programmes to improve scientific productivity and help train potential scientists and engineers.

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She also started Wise Africa (Women in Science and Engineering in Africa), which mentors future female scientists.

Her passion for nuclear science began when she was in high school in KwaNongoma, a town in Zululand, and now she is pursuing a doctorate in the field.

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