Geoscience BC Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

July 16, 2015 - Geoscience BC is pleased to announce that ten individuals have been selected to receive 2015 Geoscience BC Scholarship Awards. The scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, are awarded to post-graduate students working on thesis topics relevant to supporting mineral or energy exploration and development in British Columbia. Since 2007, Geoscience BC has awarded a total of seventy-three scholarships to post-graduate students conducting BC-based earth science.

A scholarship review committee, consisting of volunteer industry and academic representatives, evaluated all applicants on their project's technical merit and its potential to attract or support investment, as well as the individual's academic qualifications, work experience and career goals.

"As an international student, there are few scholarships for which I can apply," said Sina Abadzadesahraei, PhD Candidate at the University of Northern British Columbia. "Geoscience BC's support is greatly appreciated and will enable me to continue producing high quality research in this avenue of study." Sina is studying the hydrological cycle in the Coles Lake region of Northeastern BC. The results of this work will help to better understand the influence of resource development and changing climate conditions on the availability of water resources with an aim to support a sustainable balance between economic and environmental interests.

"We are very pleased to award the full ten scholarships this year," said Robin Archdekin, President & CEO of Geoscience BC. "Geoscience BC is proud to contribute to important new ideas from the next generation of geoscientists who will guide resource exploration and development in BC."

2015 Geoscience BC Post-Graduate Applied Geoscience Scholarship Recipients:

Sina Abadzadesahraei, PhD student, University of Northern British Columbia "Quantifying the water budget of Coles Lake, Northeastern British Columbia"

Matt Bodnar, MSc student, University of British Columbia "Modeling surface geochemical responses in transported overburden above a VMS deposit"

Aimee Gegolick, MSc student, University of Alberta "Sedimentology, Ichnology and Reservoir Characteristics of the Upper Montney Formation in Northeast British Columbia"

Justin Granek, PhD student, University of British Columbia "Advanced Geoscience Targeting via Focused Machine Learning"

Nicolas Harrichhausen, MSc student, McGill University "Role of colloidal transport in the formation of high-grade gold veins at Brucejack, British Columbia"

Rachel Kim, MSc student, University of British Columbia "Characterization of the Late Cretaceous Kasalka Group in North-Central British Columbia"

Siobhan McGoldrick, MSc student, University of Victoria "Awaruite occurrence and distribution in ultramafic rocks of the Cache Creek Terrane, northwestern B.C."

Donald Prenoslo, MSc student, University of Alberta "Unconventional Gas Potential of the Lower Triassic Montney Formation, Pouce-Coupe-Dawson Area, Northeastern British Columbia"

Shane Rich, MSc student, University of British Columbia "Geochemical Mapping of Porphyry Deposits and Associated Alteration through Transported Overburden"

Sandra Rosset, MSc student, University of British Columbia "Hydrothermal Alteration at the Kerr Cu-Au Porphyry Deposit, KSM Project, Northwestern British Columbia"

Visit the Outreach section of the Geoscience BC website to learn more about the 2015 Scholarship Award winners, or click here to access the web page directly.

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