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In this week's episode, Wits student Harry Saner makes history at the 2024 Paris Olympics as South Africa's first Olympic fencer since 2008, and PhD student Pedro Ornelas wins the John Kiel Scholarship. Students and staff from the Kelvin-Alexandra-Frankenwald City Studio address socio-spatial challenges in Alex and Bath Spa University funds a three-year scheme to support strategic university collaboration. Wits Chancellor Dr Judy Dlamini hosted a seminar on the global digital success of a start-up. Read more at


Wits PhD student wins prestigious John Kiel Scholarship

Wits PhD student, Pedro Ornelas, has won the prestigious John Kiel Scholarship from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Ornelas, a student in the Wits Structured Light Laboratory at the School of Physics won the scholarship for his work on new topological features embedded within entangled states of quantum structured light, under Professor Andrew Forbes. Ornelas’ US$ 10 000 (about R190 000) scholarship will enable him to further his research in tailoring features of classical structured light (lasers) and quantum light sources in ways to make them more robust to environmental disturbances.

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