Nominated for what is known as South Africa’s Science Oscars, Dr Natasha Ross is once again riding high in the world of academic success.
Dr Ross was nominated for the prestigious National Science and Technology Forum-South32 Awards, in the category of ‘Emerging Researcher’ (formally known as TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging Researchers).
This category is basically for those younger researchers who have been working as researchers for less than 6 years, and who have contributed significantly to their field during that time.
Dr Ross currently works at the University of the Western Cape as a chemistry and nanochemistry lecturer, as well as supervising Masters and PhD students.
Coming from the small fishing community of Hawston, Dr Ross has a passion for the environment and has been a rising star in sustainable energy research.
She focuses her area of research on Electroanalytical chemistry (trying to find environmentally friendly sources of energy) and has published several papers in academic journals.
She is also a research group leader at UWC’s Department of Chemistry ‘SensorLab’.
Congratulating the nominees, UWC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Prof Jose Frantz, said that Dr Ross has contributed significantly to educating the public on issues related to the environment and energy.
Of the award, Dr Ross says that being nominated has motivated her to “work even harder to achieve success” so that she can “make a positive contribution to society”.
She also says that she is honoured to be nominated alongside fellow scientists who have also contributed significantly to their fields of science.
“I believe it is important to nurture and applaud emerging researchers,” says Dr Ross.
“Recognising the significant contributions of young scientists will certainly catalyse further career achievements and contributions to knowledge creation and capacity development in South Africa.”