Hope Sabao, a 27 years old PhD second year student in Mathematics at North-West University Mafikeng Campus scooped top honours at the 59thSAMS-Conference at Ratanga Junction in the category of best presentation having presented his PhD thesis in the field of mathematics called topology titled “The quasi-uniform box product and infinite games” held in Cape Town from 2nd to 4th November 2016.
The South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) was founded in 1957 with the objective of advancing mathematics in the country. The organisation promotes the discipline of mathematics in all facets; locally, regionally and internationally. One way in which the society does this is through organizing annual conferences and publication of the journal “Questionnaire Mathematicae”.
During the conference, the different fields in mathematics had special sessions, where mathematicians from different universities in South Africa and other countries presented their areas of research. Among them, were Masters and PhD students registered in South African universities.
As students gave their presentations, experts in their fields assessed and graded their work presented. At the end of the conference, there was an award ceremony, where students who performed exceptionally well, were awarded for their performance. The awards were only awarded to the top three students in each category, that is, top three students pursuing masters and top three students pursuing PhD. In the PhD category, the first award was given to a student from the University of Cape Town, the second award was given to Hope Sabao from North-West University (Mafikeng Campus) and the third award was given to a student from the University of Limpopo.
“This a great achievement for our student and the profession of mathematics itself. It is encouraging to have students dedicated to their professions receive awards for their hard work and representing our Campus as well”, Campus Rector, Prof. Mashudu Davhana-Maselele said.