The Botswana flag was raised high in Dubna, Russia when three (3) BIUST, MSc students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were awarded the Moscovium badges during the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) summer practice, held in Russia from the 03 – 23 June 2018. The three BIUST top achievers are in the top four (4), among twenty (20) students from several universities in South Africa. The award for Mr. Adolf Motetshwane, Mr. Otsile Tikologo and Ms. Refilwe Setso was a ticket for poster presentations on the projects they undertook at Russia. The presentations will be done at the 5th Symposium of Advances and Challenges in Physics through the South Africa-JINR, at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) from 6th – 8th November 2018.
The first BIUST MSc research challenger, Mr Motetshwane presented on Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) analytical technique which has applications in (but not limited to) medicine, monitoring air pollution, water treatment, forensics, mineral processing, and food safety and quality. The second BIUST contender, Mr. Tikologo research was on Computer Simulations using FLUKA code to study the interaction and transportation of radiation through materials.
The third BIUST contestant Ms. Setso research concentrated on Experimental Measurement of the level of transmutation and neutron flux density in sub-critical nuclear reactors, commonly known as ADS.
The JINR student practice is a scientific programme that promotes international collaboration, networking as well as a platform that inspires young researcher’s distillate on inventions. This is aligned to the BIUST shared Vision “to be a premier research based university of science, engineering, science and technology, internationally recognized for the quality and excellence of its teaching and learning; research, innovation and engagement.”