Geoscience BC Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

Vancouver, BC - July 11, 2016 - Geoscience BC today announced that ten outstanding post-graduate students have been selected to receive 2016 Geoscience BC Scholarship Awards granted as part of the earth science research organization's commitment to support the next generation of geoscientists.

The scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, are awarded each year to post-graduate students working on a British Columbia-based mineral or energy exploration project and/or development of a related thesis topic. With this year's awards, Geoscience BC has awarded 87 scholarships to outstanding earth science graduate students since 2007, representing an investment of $435,000 in the education of our future geoscientists.

Scholarships were evaluated and selected by a volunteer Scholarship Review Committee, consisting of resource sector and academic representatives. They have been awarded to students based on their project's technical merit, the ability of the project to attract investment to BC, the student's interest in exploration and development and his or her academic qualifications, work experience and career goals.

"Geoscience BC is proud to recognize and support these exceptional students who excel in earth sciences," said Robin Archdekin, President & CEO of Geoscience BC. "This is our tenth year of sponsoring outstanding academic achievement in geoscience through our scholarship program. These scholarships have played an integral role in helping support a new generation of geoscientists who are bringing fresh, exciting ideas to BC's resource exploration sector."

Geoscience BC 2016 Post-Graduate Applied Geoscience Scholarship Recipients:

Sina Abadzadesahraei, University of Northern British Columbia
Project: Quantifying the water budget of northeastern boreal watersheds, British Columbia

Kevin Byrne, University of Alberta
Project: Distal to medial expressions of porphyry-Cu(Mo) deposits; Highland Valley porphyry district footprints and Cu occurrences

Michelle Campbell, Oregon State University
Project: Geology and geochemistry of the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell porphyry Cu-Au district, BC

Rachel Chouinard, University of British Columbia
Project: Defining the surficial geochemical footprint of buried Cu-Mo porphyry mineralization at the Highland Valley Copper deposits

Aadish Gupta, University of Alberta
Project: Mechanism of shale expansion and its effects on permeability from interaction with hydraulic fracturing fluid

Duncan McLeish, McGill University
Project: The nature and origin of the Brucejack epithermal gold deposit, British Columbia, Canada

Samantha Morgan, Simon Fraser University
Project: Investigating the role of buried valley aquifer systems in the regional hydrogeology of the Peace River region in Northeast British Columbia

Noga Vaisblat, University of Alberta
Project: Controls on reservoir properties in the Lower Triassic Montney Formation of the Western Canada sedimentary Basin

Bei Wang, McGill University
Project: Investigation of Induced seismicity and its relation to the injected fluids based on observation data and numerical simulation at Montney Basin of British Columbia

Tessa Wilson, University of British Columbia
Project: Unconventional petroleum systems analysis on the Horn River and adjacent basins

Visit the Outreach section of the Geoscience BC website to learn more about the 2016 Scholarship Award winners.

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. This vital information is made available to the public to encourage investment in sustainable resource projects and enable informed resource management decisions for the benefit of all British Columbians. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the province of British Columbia.

For additional information, please contact

Martin Livingston
Geoscience BC
Cell: 604-657-8234

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