Hello, and welcome to Episode 69!
As some of you might know, I've decided to expand the scope of the podcasts this month by interviewing some undergraduate students who are the future of science in their respective disciplines. The main reason for doing this was that I found that at the undergraduate level, science students mostly only go through the motions of a degree but do not consider themselves scientists. The title is usually reserved for postgraduate students, professors and lecturers, or people who are already well-established in the field of science. However, I believe that if you are involved in science at any level, you are a scientist. So that's why this month's #YouAreAScientist interviews are so critical. I intend to amplify the voices of young #AfricansInSTEM and remind them that they are an inspiration to many.
Edwin Simfukwe is today's guest. Without realizing it, Edwin was the motivating factor behind this whole concept, and he got me thinking about the value of amplifying young Africans in STEM. Edwin is from Zambia and is currently studying nuclear engineering in Russia. In this episode, we learn that he first became interested in science when he entered a science competition in junior secondary school. In senior secondary school, he participated in the same competition and went on to compete at a national level. It was there that he became interested in energy production. He then heard about an opportunity offered by the Zambian government for students to study nuclear engineering abroad, and he applied. He is currently a preparatory faculty member, which means he is learning both Russian and technical languages at the university in Russia. Edwin is an advocate for nuclear science and wishes to dispel the negative connotations associated with the field. Edwin is a goal-oriented young man full of enthusiasm, as shown by how he speaks in this episode. Tune in.
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