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Ronald Voordouw - Geology

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Ronald Voordouw

Ronald Voordouw was born in Israel, raised in the Netherlands and England, and immigrated to Calgary at age 10. He completed a course-based Bachelor of Science (honors) in geology at the University of Calgary in December of 1999. He is presently working on a PhD in geology, specializing in field geology and igneous petrology. His work is part of a group project supervised by John Myers, studying the evolution of the igneous rocks surrounding the Voisey's Bay nickel deposit.

"I decided to pursue a PhD because I was interested in a career in academics, which I'm hoping will allow me to dictate some of my own research and teaching in the future.

"The advantages of studying at MUN include top of the line analytical equipment and faculty, and the strength of the department in regional mapping projects. Advantages of studying geology in Newfoundland include the proximity of various world-renowned, geological type-sites, such as Mistaken Point and Gros Morne, the historical importance of geology in Newfoundland, and the collaboration that exists between Memorial University, Inco, the Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy, and the head office of the Geological Association of Canada here in St John's.

"After I complete my PhD, I hope to teach and do research within various branches of geology (igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry), and become a faculty member at a Canadian university.

While completing his Bachelor's at the University of Calgary, Ronald won 8 national championships in swimming and represented Canada at the 1997 world swimming championships in Sweden. Nowadays, he still enjoys the occasional swim but spends more time skiing, hiking, and camping.

Ronald is the recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PGS A Scholarship, and the Alfred K Snelgrove Graduate Scholarship in Earth Sciences.

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