2022 Geoscience BC Scholarship Program Recipients Awarded

Vancouver, BC – July 19, 2022 – Geoscience BC announces the 2022 recipients of the scholarship program that provides a financial boost to ten post-graduate geoscience students working on projects to advance earth science research in British Columbia.

Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship to support them as they conduct their applied geoscience research. The scholarships are awarded annually to up to ten students who are registered and have started in a Masters (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) program in earth science. This brings Geoscience BC’s total investment in students to $720,000 since the scholarship program’s inception in 2007.  

“This year’s cohort of scholarship recipients and the research they are conducting helps British Columbia in the search and development of critical minerals and metals, decarbonization opportunities and cleaner energy development” said Geoscience BC President and CEO Gavin C. Dirom. “Congratulations to the 2022 Geoscience BC scholarship recipients. We are proud to support you.”

Geoscience BC 2022 Scholarship Recipients:

Alex Hutchison, Saint Mary’s University

Gold Mineralization in the Blueberry Zone of the Scottie Gold Mine Project, NW Stikine Terrane, BC

Ben Eaton, University of British Columbia

Deep Learning & Drift Prospecting: Convolutional neural network classification of Cu-porphyry indicator minerals by optical microscopy-microXRF-SEM in the Kemess District, BC, & implications for copper exploration in BC

Bianca Iulianella Phillips, University of British Columbia

Soil Microbial Community Biosensors of Concealed Mineralization

Fateme Hormozzade, Carleton University

Influence of Fracture and Fault Systems on Fluid Flow in the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, BC

Kevin Ng, McGill University

Fluid Evolution of Ore-bearing Veins in Bonanza Grade Epithermal Gold-Silver Deposit in Brucejack, Northern BC

Maziyar Nazemi, Simon Fraser University

3D Reconstruction of the Georgia Basin and Potential for Carbon Capture Sequestration in the Lower Mainland, BC

Sepide Hendi, University of British Columbia

Fibre Optics Application for Underground Monitoring and Mine Surveillance; In-situ Stress Monitoring and Instability Hazard Pre-warning

Tia Shapka-Fels, University of British Columbia

Numerical Analysis of the Geomechanical Interaction Between Open Pit and Cave Mining Using Hybrid FDEM Models

Xueya Lu, University of British Columbia

Characterizing Sources and Accessing Capacity of Carbon Capture Reactivity in Mine Tailings

Zahra Esmaeilzadeh, University of Calgary

Investigating Fault Sealing Effects on Induced Seismicity and Pore Pressure Distribution and Fracture Propagation in Northeast BC


Accessing information

To learn about their projects, visit the scholarships page.

View 2022 scholarship page


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