Midlands State University’s Chemical Sciences Lecturer, Dr. Piwai Tshuma, is among twenty-five outstanding female scientists and the only Zimbabwean to be awarded the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World’s (OWSD) Early Career Fellowship grant to establish globally competitive research centres at institutions across the Global South.
Funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre in partnership with Aspen Institute Italia; this prestigious fellowship was conferred to women with PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and are employed at academic or scientific research institutes.
Dr. Tshuma expressed her gratitude to the OWSD and its funding partners for availing her an opportunity for career growth as a researcher, science ambassador and a role model for female scientists.
“I am grateful to be an OWSD Early Career Fellow as it is putting Midlands State University on the global academic landscape and the funding will be significant in conducting research that has the potential to address problems facing African societies and the world at large,” said Dr. Tshuma.
During her fellowship, Dr. Tshuma will receive specific training to develop leadership and management skills and create connections with a variety of public and private sector partners to convert her research into marketable products or guarantee its impact on a broader scale to attract collaborators.
Research and Innovation Executive Director, Professor Laurine Chikoko commended Dr. Tshuma for her achievement and encouraged collaborations and mentorship with scientists in the University community.
“Congratulations to Dr. Tshuma for scaling great heights.
“This award demonstrates the quality of researchers at Midlands State University,” said Professor Chikoko.
Meanwhile, in June 2023, Dr. Tshuma is set to present her project in Italy, her work addresses climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions as well as producing energy material and repurposing a greenhouse gas for energy applications.

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