Top JKUAT Student Researchers Recognized

Winner! Noreen Juma (right) receives her certificate from Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, has recognized outstanding researchers who have displayed exceptional dedication and innovation in their respective fields.

During an award ceremony held at the University, Tuesday, August 22, 2023, the Vice Chancellor awarded certificates and gifts to the top three researchers who excelled in the poster presentation organized by AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project.

Speaking during the ceremony, Prof. Ngumi said, JKUAT has embarked on a journey to not only cultivate academic excellence but also to foster a culture of research-driven advancement.

The Vice Chancellor singled out Noreen research which focuses on studying if viruses that attack bacteria, called bacteriophages, can help make sewage water and sludge safer by reducing harmful germs.

“This research can be taken to another level so that it can help counties and the country at large deal with the sewage menace,” said Prof. Ngumi.

She urged researchers to be ambitious in their research and aim to both enhance the prestige of the University and effectively address pressing societal challenges.

“It is now your responsibility to fill in the societal gaps especially coming renowned university of research such as JKUAT. We have a high reputation to maintain,” said Prof..Ngumi.

Prof. Victoria Ngumi awards a certificate to Martin Ng’ang’a

Courtesy of AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project, JKUAT organizes annual poster presentation competition for postgraduate students who are funded under the project.

The competition serves as a platform for students to showcase their research findings, while also acting as a conveyer belt for new innovations emerging from the university.

This year’s winners were; Noreen Nasambu Juma (winner), Martin Ng’ang’a (1st runners up) and Jefferson Maina (2nd runners up). The trio emerged winners after trouncing 25 other competitors drawn from thematic areas cutting across all disciplines.

Commenting on the poster contest, the Africa-ai-Japan Chief Advisor, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze said the participants were subjected to rigorous evaluation in the build up to the final three who impressed the evaluators during the finals.

He appreciated both the University Management for the steadfast support and the supervisors for going out of their way to ensure that the process was a success.

Prof. Koaze pledged to continue working closely with the University to ensure that more research is churned out through the project.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, congratulated the winners saying they delivered on their objectives.

Prof. Kinyua thanked Africa-ai Japan for supporting the University’s research endeavors.

“I wish to acknowledge the efforts of AFRICA-ai-JAPAN and specifically Prof. Koaze for the support they have accorded the University. Prof. Koaze is responsible for sourcing the research funds for the researchers,” said Prof. Kinyua

Also present during the ceremony was the Principal of College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu.

The winners of the poster competition pose for a commemorative photo with the University Management, Supervisors and AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project

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