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Rebecca Letsoalo. Photo: Herschel Clark.

Univen student to represent SA in Germany

News - Date: 22 June 2024

 

Rebecca Letsoalo (26), a University of Venda (Univen) master's student in physics from Sebayeng Village in Polokwane, will represent South Africa at the 2024 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.

Letsoalo is one of eight young scientists from South Africa chosen by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to represent her country. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 30 June to 5 July.

Rebecca obtained a bachelor of science degree in physical sciences in 2020 and an honours degree in physics (cum laude) in 2021 from the University of Limpopo. Two years ago, she enrolled in a master of science in physics at Univen, focusing on material sciences (microsystems technology).

Speaking to Limpopo Mirror, she said that she felt honoured and immensely proud to be among those selected. “Considering where I come from, this represents a significant milestone in my academic journey. It's a recognition not only of my individual efforts but also of the potential impact of my research and contributions to the scientific community. I feel deeply privileged to have this opportunity to engage with Nobel laureates and fellow young scientists on a global level,” she said.

ASSAf, as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), nominates young scientists from South Africa annually. These meetings serve as a forum for young scientists from around the world to engage in depth with Nobel laureates on research and overall career management aspects.

Rebecca hopes to gain valuable insights into the latest advancements and breakthroughs in physics and related fields from this prestigious gathering. She aims to establish connections and networks that can support and enhance her research endeavours and career trajectory. “Ultimately, I envision this experience as a catalyst for personal and professional growth, opening doors to new opportunities and collaborations that can significantly impact my research and career trajectory,” she said.

 

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