Staff Awards

Mrs Millicent Akotam Agangiba Wins the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

Mrs Millicent Agangiba showcasing her Award
Mrs Millicent Agangiba showcasing her Award

Mrs Millicent Akotam Agangiba, a lecturer at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Tarkwa, Ghana, and a Doctoral Student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, has been awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award at a ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.Mrs Agangiba received a Doctoral Fellowship of 5 000 Euros with her project titled “Investigating E-government Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries - The Case of Ghana”.

The award is meant to reward talented young female scientists pursuing PhD in the field of Life and Physical Sciences based on the candidates outstanding academic records; including number, quality and impact of the publications, conference presentations, patents, etc; the scientific quality of the research project, innovative nature, productivity of the research and its potential application in science and finally the ability of the candidate to communicate and promote sciences to a younger audience and to encourage young African female scientists.

For the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has encouraged, promoted and honoured women scientists all over the world. More than 2,500 researchers from 112 countries have been distinguished for their extraordinary discoveries and supported at key moments in their careers.   Impacting the lives of people around the planet, their discoveries are offering new solutions and answering vital questions. Their ground breaking innovation is advancing entire fields of research and even opening new ones. The fellow’s work and research is contributing to curing diseases, increasing food supplies, enabling sustainable development, helping ensure the survival of our planet to better understand our universe, adding to our knowledge of the very foundations of life.  

As part of the programme, 14 female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field. This year applications were received from 26 Countries which is testament to the increasing awareness of the program and the commitment of the Foundation to advancing women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  


Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)