• Grade 11 Pupil from Normal Henshilwood High does Job Shadowing at NITheP

    Melissa Joy Leonards does Job Shadowing at NITheP

    Dr Gillian Arendse (iThemba LABS) organised an intervention for a Grade 11 learner from Norman Henshilwood High School in Constantia, to experience the following fields within the Sciences:

    • Particle
    • Medical physics
    • Radiochemistry
    • Nanotechnology
    • Materials research
    • Laser physics
    • Theoretical Physics

    Melissa spent a few hours at NITheP receiving guidance by PhD student Jaco van Zyl. Here Melissa learnt about the following:

    • What careers options are be available
    • Study route to take if interested in the subject
    • Other interesting information about theoretical physics and examples of technology available today

    The total intervention took place between 17 to 21 June.

    In the photo below Melissa can be seen observing a discussion amongst Stellenbosch University students Janusz Meylahn and Paul Williams (not in picture) , currently doing an internship at NITheP also under the guidance of PhD student Jaco van Zyl..

    Melissa's visit to NITheP was co-ordinated by Dr Gillian Arendse (iThemba LABS).

    Please find below the testimony received from Melissa after the intervention:

    "Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to job shadow at NIThep. Although it was short it was very informative and Jaco van Zyl kind of convinced me that being a theoretical scientist is the best. So a big thank you to him for taking the time to explain what he does; it was really interesting and helpful. Also, thank you for organizing the tour of the library. With much thanks, Melissa Joy Leonards".