A Scottsville woman, Faith February, graduated with a PhD in physical oceanography at UCT last Friday.
The field is described as “under-researched” by the university.
Her doctoral dissertation explored the role of microscopic atmospheric particles on Earth’s climate.
Ms February, who is the first in her family to get a degree, said she had managed to pull off her academic achievement while juggling her responsibilities as a mother to three children.
“But in the end, it was the best way to give the children first-hand experience of their mom studying. And that was an education too,” she said.
“They learnt new words, such as oceanography, atmospheric aerosols, biogeochemistry, and meteorology. I wrote all these tongue twisters on little cards to keep them occupied while I was in meetings.”
She is currently involved with Project Kuongoza, a mentorship programme for women and girls…