2020/21 Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities

Dr Bronwynè Jo'Sean Coetzee

Dr Bronwynè Jo'Sean Coetzee

Dr Bronwynè Coetzee is a lecturer and researcher in Psychology, who teaches predominantly in the area of child development and mental health at Stellenbosch University. Her research is broadly located within the fields of psychology and mental health and focuses on factors affecting treatment adherence amongst children, adolescents and adults living with HIV in South Africa. She also investigates the development and implementation of interventions to mitigate the onset of anxiety and depression amongst primary school aged children in South Africa. She is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust to develop a universal school-based psychoeducational intervention to support psychological well-being amongst primary school aged children in the Western Cape. Dr Coetzee has graduated six masters students and three doctoral candidates since her appointment in 2015.

Dr Ryan Nefdt

Dr Ryan Nefdt is a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town and a fellow at the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an NRF P-rated researcher who won multiple research awards including UCT's College of Fellows Young Researcher Award in 2020. His work focuses on the interconnections between language, cognition and science. His other interest lies in bringing philosophy and the humanities in contact with broader audiences within the public sphere and the sciences. He is currently working on issues related to scientific modelling during the CoVID-19 pandemic and how these issues might affect our continent.

Dr Ryan Nefdt

Dr Wendy Nokhwezi Phoswa

Dr Wendy Nokhwezi Phoswa

Dr Wendy N Phoswa received her Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2015. In 2017 Dr Phoswa received her Master's degree in Medical Science in Physiology and graduated Summa cum Laude. She went on to complete her PhD in Medicine (Obstretrics and Gynaecology). Her research has mainly focused on the role of HIV infection, CoVID-19, diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia and gestational hypertension. Dr Phoswa is currently a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology at Unisa's College of Agriculture and Environmental Science in the Department of Life and Consumer Science. She has presented her research findings at local and international conferences hosted in the USA, Japan, Argentina and the United Kingdom. She has also been nominated for the 2020 100 Most Influential Young South Africans award under the Personal Development and Academia category.

Dr Fortunate Silinda

Dr Fortunate Silinda is a Research Psychologist and the Chair of Unisa's Department of Psychology. Her research interests involve understanding how social and psychological factors influence university students' desires to finish their degrees. Dr Silinda also served as a Peer Helper and Assistant Student Counsellor at Unisa's Directorate of Counselling and Career Development. Her experience as a lecturer encouraged her to give back to society by empowering high school learners through her work at Winning Youth Foundation. The organisation aims to build a group of alumni from rural areas, which encourages them to extend this empowerment cycle to future generations.

Dr Fortunate Silinda

Dr Mahlogonolo Stephina Thobane

Dr Mahlogonolo Stephina Thobane

Dr Mahlogonolo Thobane is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Law, Department of Criminology and Security Science at Unisa. She is currently the Vice-President of the Criminological Society of Africa (CRIMSA). Her research and personal interests are CIT/bank related robberies, critical criminology, indigenous research methods as well as gender based violence. Given her interest in gender based violence she founded a non-profit organisation, namely Mu Duka (212-833 NPO), in 2018. Mu Duka promotes holistic and intersectoral approaches to combatting the scourge of gender based violence in South Africa.

This concludes the list of nominated scholars in the Emerging Researchers category. Tomorrow we begin to see which teams are competing for the Team Awards.