My name is Kimberleigh Tommy and I am currently a masters student at the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa. I am a young female looking to make a name for myself in a predominately male industry, in conducting research I hope to better our understanding of the world around us. I am a palaeoanthropologist, more specifically a functional morphologist. In my previous research I looked at the development of walking in infants and the affects on the growing bone within the pelvis, this had numerous applications for studying bone diseases, child development and other illnesses such as cerebral palsy and the effect on the bone structure and gait.
I started this page because I would like to ensure I can complete my studies this year. This includes several academic conferences that I have been invited to in order to present my work form my honours dissertation. This is an incredible opportunity for me to gain some exposure on an international platform as well as meet potential colleagues and some of my greatest academic icons. I am hoping there are some people who share my dream, who realise the importance of education especially among young females in developing nations. I am the first female in my family to graduate university and then to pursue a postgraduate degree, I am hoping through my story I inspire other girls to keep their dreams alive.