University of Zambia’s Dr Alice Mweetwa scoops two awards for research excellence


Dr. Alice Mutiti Mweetwa, a Senior Lecturer of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Soil Science, has been honored with two award for 2016 and 2017.

The Council, Management and staff of the University of Zambia would like to profoundly congratulate Soil Microbiologist, Dr Alice Kabaso Mutiti Mweetwa, who has been honoured with the 2017 Young African Re-searchers and the 2016 National Science and Technology Merit Awards.

This year, Dr Mweetwa has scooped the 2017 Young African Researchers Award for the category of Agriculture and Food Science. This is a continental recognition given by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The re-searcher is scheduled to receive this award in person at the Egyptian National Science Day event in Cairo on a date to be announced. This event will be graced by Egyptian President, His Excellency Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and will be attended by other awardees and prominent personalities from across the continent.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to science and technology, Dr Mweetwa was given the 2016 National Science and Technology Merit Award by the National Science and Technology Council. The objective of this award is to recognise outstanding Zambian scientists who have made exceptional and invaluable contributions to Research and Development (R&D) in science and technology, resulting in significant new knowledge, technology or innovative use of established technology. The Award also recognises individuals who have made distinguished and sustained contributions and played a strategic role in the socio-economic development of the country through the pro-motion and management of science and technology.

Dr. Alice Mutiti Mweetwa is a Senior Lecturer of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Soil Science. She has been working at the University of Zambia since November 2010. Dr. Mweetwa got her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of Science in Agronomy from the University of Zambia. She also has a Master of Environmental Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Miami (OH, USA) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA, USA), respectively.

Since joining the University of Zambia, she has mentored and participated in mentoring many students at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate levels. She has attracted research funding for work in her field across international, regional and national sponsors through competitive grants. Apart from that, she has sourced and facilitated sponsorship for postgraduate students within the University of Zambia and for other institutions such as the Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI), Zambia Agricultural Research Institute and Department of Agriculture. In her efforts, she has sourced funds to refurbish the Soil Microbiology Laboratory which currently serves students for research and teaching. Through collaborative research and research with her students, Dr Mweetwa has published many papers both in local and international peer reviewed journals. Dr Mweetwa is the former deputy dean who has mentored RUFORUM students placed at University of Zambia. Click here to download the press release.

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