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Two Memorial University graduates win national awards

Ref. No. 135

DATE:     May 24, 2002
SUBJECT:     Two Memorial University graduates win national awards

Two graduates from Memorial's Department of Earth Sciences took home top honours from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and the Geological Association of Canada.

Dianne E. Mitchinson, a graduate of Memorial's Department of Earth Sciences, has been awarded the President's Medal by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIMMP), Canada's largest professional minerals industry organization. This award is presented annually to the student who has submitted the best student thesis, in both undergraduate and graduate levels, from entries received from all across Canada.

Ms. Mitchinson submitted her B.Sc. (Honours) thesis titled, Petrography and Geochemistry of the Caribou Hill Intrusion, Central Newfoundland, and its Discordant Pegmatites, which she completed under the supervision of Dr. Derek Wilton, Earth Sciences. "Dianne's work on the intrusion demonstrated great observational skills and sound scientific reasoning," said Dr. Wilton.

CIMMP recognized her excellence with the President's Medal, a cheque for $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Vancouver to receive the award at the CIM annual general meeting held on April 29, 2002.

Ms. Mitchinson is presently enrolled in the master of science program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.

Trevor McHattie has been awarded the Gelinas Award for the best M.Sc. thesis by the Geological Association of Canada. The Volcanology and Igneous Petrology Division of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) annually presents three medals for the most outstanding theses, written by Canadians or submitted to Canadian universities, which comprise material at least 50 per cent related to volcanology and igneous petrology. Nominated theses are evaluated on the basis or originality, validity of concepts, organization and presentation of data, understanding of volcanology, and depth of research.

Mr. McHattie's M.Sc. thesis, titled Petrogenesis of the Wathaman Batholith and La Ronge Domain plutons in the Reindeer Lake Area, Trans-Hudson Orogn, Saskatchewan, was completed under the supervision of Dr. George Jenner, Earth Sciences. The Geological Association of Canada will award the silver to Mr. McHattie at the GAC/MAC annual general meeting to be held in Saskatoon from May 27-29, 2002. Mr. McHattie is presently enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Alberta.

Memorial University has one of the largest and most diverse Earth Sciences department in Canada. With 26 faculty members, 15 staff members and a new and well equipped building, the department is able to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and to conduct research in all major areas of earth sciences. In addition, the department can deliver custom-designed professional short courses from a few days to several months duration.


For further information, please contact Deborah Inkpen, acting manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, inkpend@mun.ca.


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