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Earth Sciences students dominate scholarships from geophysical society

By Kelly Foss

Six students from the Department of Earth Sciences will receive scholarships from the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) Foundation to help with the continuation of their studies this fall.

Of the 10 undergraduate scholarships available to students from 11 institutions across Canada, half of them went to Memorial University students. Those recipients include Patrick Caul, Bradley Evans, Brandon Reid, Justin Royce and Tiffany Piercey, all of whom will be continuing their studies at the university in September.

Brandon Reid also received the Heikki Limion Scholarship, an award based on his academic achievement, his indicated career interest in mining exploration, and his involvement in geosciences and community organizations.

Greg Nash who recently received his B.Sc. (honours) from Memorial University received a graduate scholarship in addition to a scholarship from the British Columbia Geophysical Society Scholarship. He is currently working towards his M.Sc. at the University of British Columbia and was selected based on his academic excellence and his interest in advancing modeling and inversion techniques.

This is the ninth year for the KEGS Foundation scholarship program which is directed at the education of future geophysicists in Canada. These awards have recently seen a significant increase due to strong support from the geophysical and exploration community across Canada. The amount of each scholarship awarded ranges from $500 to $1,000 depending on indicated merit and need and available foundation funds.

The KEGS Foundation also expects to offer scholarship recipients additional support in the form of travel bursaries totalling an estimated $4,000 to enable attendance at future KEGS symposia and related events, as well as the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in March. The goal is to allow the students the ability to increase their awareness of current geophysical practices and new developments, as well as to develop contacts within the global exploration community.

The program has cumulatively provided support to more than 90 students in geophysics, many of whom are now actively employed in exploration in Canada.
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