The National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme celebrated its fifth year of operation on 23 November with presentations of research projects by honours students.
The programme, which offers postgraduate studies in astrophysics and space science, has produced over 50 graduates since it was established in 2002.
According to Professor Peter Dunsby, programme coordinator, many students have moved on to master's and doctoral studies. So far 22 have either completed or are in the process of doing doctoral programmes, 29 have completed or are expected to finish their master's degrees, and 13 are expected to graduate from the honours programme this year.
Dunsby said some presentations, held at the South Africa Astronomical Observatory, were close to being publishable or he could seed future research projects. "We don't want them to just graduate. They must acquire the skills to become leading scientists and researchers."
In the picture, Sherry Bremner presents her research during the NASSP fifth year celebrations at the South African Astronomical Observatory.
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