Students receive cash, prizes at annual conference

Nov 16th, 2015

Kelly Foss

Students receive cash, prizes at annual conference

Kazuhito Mizutani, an international student form Yokkaichi, Japan, has received the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland Branch Silver Jubilee Scholarship.

The award was presented recently in St. John’s at the Mineral Resources Review by Praveen Jha, president of CIM Newfoundland Branch and vice president of operations for Tata Steel Minerals Canada.

The scholarship, established in 1978 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CIM Newfoundland Branch, is available to students in their final or penultimate year in Earth Sciences at Memorial University. Scholastic achievement is the principal requirement governing the award, but economic need and character may be taken into account. This year the scholarship has a value of $3,000.

Mr. Mizutani is a fourth year undergraduate student and is working on a honours dissertation related to the adsorbtion of heavy metals from acid mine drainage.

Recently, he gave a presentation on this topic at the Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference for which he was awarded the Atlantic Geoscience Society Environmental Geoscience Award.

Mr. Mizutani has a great interest in environmental geology, paleontology, chemistry, and other natural sciences and plans to continue on to a graduate degree in an area of geoscience.

Also receiving recognition at the Mineral Resources Review are Earth Sciences students Nicholas Lynch, Beatriz Lombeida and Omar Saleh, who received tickets for a trip to the Tata Steel Minerals mine in Menihek North, near Schefferville; and Jessica Hawco, Lauren Hayes and Shannon Broughm, who all won cash prizes for participating in a Twitter treasure hunt.