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MSc Scholarship Entomology

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1. Background

Insect feed for poultry and fish production in Sub-Saharan Africa, INSFEED, is a project aiming at developing and/or adapting rearing and harvesting techniques of selected insect species, suitable for use as poultry and fish feed for small scale farming systems in Kenya and Uganda. This is to ensure that the selected insect species are safely and cost-effectively available in the quantities required to sustainably feed poultry and fish, while assuring quality with regard to nutrient content, microbial load and human toxic substances that could enter the food chain from rearing substrates. As a means of achieving its objectives, INSFEED-UGANDA would like to contribute to capacity building through recruiting a Masters Student in the area of Entomology. The student will work on “Establish rearing and harvesting techniques for selected insect species and optimizing production systems using locally available substrate”.

2. Research Institution

The Master’s student will study and carry out his/her research at Makerere University under the supervision of the Project’s Technical team members.

3. Duration

24 months with no possibility for Extension

4. Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Draw up a research wok plan  in consultation with the supervisor(s)
  2. Complete and Submit a research proposal by the end of the first 3 months of recruitment
  3. Carry out research required to achieve the intended research objectives
  4. Keep relevant records of all aspects of the research work
  5. Meet regularly with the supervisor and give weight to any guidance or corrective action proposed, keeping a written record of discussions where appropriate
  6. Reflect and report on the progress of work at the end of each month
  7. Write a complete research report (MSc. Thesis) within the stipulated time as per the demands of the academic institution
  8. Write publishable manuscripts from the research
  9. Take ultimate responsibility of his/her academic programme as stipulated by the degree awarding institution.
  10. Attend all meetings organised by the INSFEED project as and when required
  11. Inform the supervisor(s) in case of absence from research activities for example in the case of illness
  12. Perform any other research task as may be required by the supervisor (s)

5. Reporting

The student shall report to the immediate supervisor and when necessary, to the PI of the INSFEED project

6.0 Qualifications and Skills

  1. Should have a first class or second upper bachelor’s degree in either BSc Agriculture or BSc. Zoology.
  2. Should:-
    1. Meet the requirements of admission to Makerere University for a Masters in Science program.
    2. Have a minimum of 1 year of related research experience.
    3. Have good communication and writing skills.
    4. Have a positive attitude and a strong commitment to research.

NB: Having successfully completed the first year in any of the specified areas is an added advantage.

7.0 Entitlements and Remuneration

  1. Tuition and function fees
  2. Financial and material research requirements
  3. A performance based monthly stipend

8.0 Application procedure

  1. Interested applicants with the above requirements (section 6.0) should submit one soft copy (PDF format) and one hard copy of their applications enclosed with:-
  1. Photocopies of the relevant academic documents
  2. A Motivation letter/statement (Maximum of 2 pages)
  3. Two recommendation letters
  1. Applications should be addressed to:
Professor Samuel Kyamnywa
Department of Agricultural Production
School of Agricultural Sciences
Makerere University,
P.O. Box 7062,
Kampala Uganda.
  1. Applications in both soft and hard copy should be E-mailed and delivered in person, not later than 06th/February/2015 at 5:00PM, to;
Geoffrey Ssepuuya
INSFEED Project Assistant
Department of Food Technology & Nutrition,
School of Food Technology, Nutrition & Bio-Engineering,
Makerere University,
Kampala Uganda.
Email: gksepuya@gmail.com
Phone contact: +256 783-451770

(Please call the number above for easy delivery of your application)

  1. No applications shall be received beyond the stipulated time.
  2. Any inquiries should be made to the Project Assistant using the above contacts (8, iii)

NB: FEMALE students are strongly encouraged to apply.

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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