June 25, 2018
Geoscience BC increases technical literacy and capacity in BC with selection of 2018 Scholarship Program recipients


Vancouver, BC - June 25, 2018 - Today, ten post-graduate geoscience students have been selected to receive Geoscience BC's prestigious Scholarship Award.

The students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship for their British Columbia-focused applied geoscience related to minerals, energy and water resources.

"Congratulations to all of this year's successful scholarship recipients. Geoscience BC's scholarship program is designed to recognize, encourage and inspire the next generation of earth scientists and we are pleased to support these outstanding students," said Gavin C. Dirom, Geoscience BC's President and CEO.

Scholarship applications were evaluated and selected by a volunteer Scholarship Review Committee, consisting of experienced geoscience experts. They have been awarded to students based on the project's technical merit, the student's interest in natural resource development and management, and academic qualifications.

Geoscience BC Scholarships are awarded each year to students who are registered and have started in a Masters (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) program in earth science, geoscience or applied geoscience. Since 2007, Geoscience BC has invested $520,000 into the scholarship program. Continuing to select scholarship recipients every year is part of our commitment to support post-graduate students, increase technical literacy and capacity and the next generation of geoscientists in BC as outlined in Geoscience BC's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, Forging opportunities through earth science partnerships.

Geoscience BC 2018 Post-Graduate Applied Geoscience Scholarship Recipients:

Megan Binner, Simon Fraser University
Project: Halo type veins at the IKE Copper-Molybdenum-Silver porphyry deposit in British Columbia, Canada

Hugh Graham, University of Leeds
Project: The evolution of porphyry-epithermal gold systems using trace element mobility and concentration

Vinoth Kumar Kuppusamy, University of British Columbia
Project: A study of characterizing British Columbia coal deposits as a source for Rare Earth Elements

Alexandra Kunert, University of Waterloo
Project: Gordondale Member source rock quality and Early Jurassic ocean redox conditions based on core analysis and organic/inorganic geochemistry, Fort St. John Area (Northeast British Columbia)

Pearce Luck, University of British Columbia
Project: Generation of complex hydrocarbon signatures in the near surface environment over mineralization

Emily Miller, University of British Columbia
Project: District-wide geodynamic controls on porphyry and epithermal-style mineralization in the Stewart area (northwestern British Columbia): The role of reactivated basement structures

John Onwuemeka, McGill University
Project: Source properties of earthquakes near hydraulic fracturing sites in Northeast British Columbia

Bianca Phillips, University of British Columbia
Project: Molecular biology in mineral exploration

Sterling Vanderzee, University of British Columbia
Project: Carbon mineralization in ultramafic tailings, central British Columbia: a prospect for stabilizing mine waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Rachel Warwick, Simon Fraser University
Project: A comprehensive volcanic hazard assessment for Mt. Meager Volcanic Complex, British Columbia

Visit the Geoscience BC website to learn more about the 2018 Scholarship Award winners or click here to access the web page directly.

About Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC is an independent, non-profit organization that generates earth science information in collaboration with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. Our independent earth science enables informed resource management decisions. You can view a copy of the Geoscience BC Strategic Plan 2018-2022 here. Geoscience BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

For additional information, please contact:

Richard Truman
Geoscience BC

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