Although she now holds a PhD in astronomy, the 28-year-old teacher at Epworth High School in Pietermaritzburg said she wanted to continue with her teaching career.
She appreciates the fact that her PhD qualification from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) would open up opportunities at research facilities, but is convinced that her love for teaching mathematics and physical science at high school made a far more positive contribution.
“I teach for the love of teaching and passion for education. I realise that I could earn far more money than what I am currently earning as a teacher, but I would never do a job that I hated, for money,” said Wilson, who graduated recently.
She researched galaxy clusters. Wilson focused on galaxy clusters at multiple wavelengths, and used those observations to look at the relationships between the different properties of those clusters.