Psychology Alumna Honored by South African Government

Puleng Segalo (Psychology, 2013) was recently named one of South Africa’s top scientists for her work with female survivors of apartheid.  

Segalo, a senior lecturer at the University of South Africa, received the prestigious Women in Science Award (WISA) in the Distinguished Young Woman Scientist category. Presented annually by the South African government, the honor is among a select few recognizing women’s leadership in traditionally male fields, such as business, sports, and agriculture.

Ministry of Science and Technology officials praised Segalo for her extensive research, which analyzes women’s narratives of survival and resistance before, during, and after apartheid, at a ceremony in Johannesburg.

“[The award] means the work that I do is important, that it matters,” she said in a video interview with SABC News.

In addition to receiving a cash prize, Segalo will be featured in a national science awareness campaign designed to inspire young women.

Submitted on: SEP 4, 2014

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