The South African Chemical Institute (SACI) has awarded CSIR laser researcher Itumeleng Paballo Tshok, with the James Moir Medal.
The James Moir Medal is awarded by SACI to the best BSc Honours and BTech students in chemistry at a university and university of technology, respectively, achieving a minimum aggregate final year mark of 75%.
Tshoke passed her degree cum laude with an average of 79% to become the first Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student in 15 years to receive the award.
The Heads of Department of Chemistry of all tertiary education institutions identify their top candidates and submit their merits of work to SACI, which then makes the final decision.
Tshoke’s research at the CSIR focuses on a therapeutic cancer technique called photodynamic therapy (PDT).