Geoscience BC Awards Nine Post-Graduate Scholarships

July 20, 2010- Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Geoscience BC Scholarship Awards. The scholarships, valued at $5000 each, are awarded to deserving post-graduate students working on a mineral or oil & gas thesis topic directly relevant to exploration in British Columbia.

"The mineral and oil and gas exploration industries are facing a shortage of skilled workers in the near future," said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. "Programs like Geoscience BC's post-graduate applied geoscience scholarship encourage and directly support the training and development of the geologists who will discover British Columbia's next generation of resources."

The students were evaluated on their project's technical merit and ability to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to British Columbia and their academic qualifications, work experience, and future goals.

"One of the exciting things we do at Geoscience BC is to provide funds to young, enthusiastic and talented people so that they can generate exciting new geoscience products," said Dr. John Thompson, Chairman of the Board of Geoscience BC. "New people and new ideas are critical for the mineral and oil & gas businesses in British Columbia."

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2010 Geoscience BC Post-Graduate Applied Geoscience Scholarship Recipients:

Tatiana Alva-Jimenez, University of British Columbia
"Chemical Variations of White Mica and Chlorite in the Porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Highland Valley, British Columbia"

Esther Bordet, University of British Columbia
"Nature, Distribution, Thickness and Regional Structural Framework of Eocene Volcanic Centres in the Nechako Basin, Central British Columbia"

Edwin Egbobawaye, University of Alberta
"Tight Gas Reservoir Characterization in Montney and Lower Doig formations, northeastern British Columbia, Western Canada"

Duncan McLeish, University of Victoria
"Geology of the Aley Creek Area, Northeastern BC Rock Mountains: A Record of Syn-magmatic Mississippian Orogenesis in the Cordilleran Foreland Belt?"

Tom Meuzelaar, Colorado School of Mines
"Nature and Origin of Carbonate Alteration at the Eskay Creek Massive Sulfide Deposit, BC"

Jessica Norris, University of British Columbia
"Paragenesis, Mineralization and Alteration of the East Zone at the Red Chris Cu-Au Porphyry Deposit, Northwestern British Columbia"

David Sacco, Simon Fraser University
"Surficial Geology and Quaternary History of the McLeod Lake Map Area (NTS 93J), Central British Columbia"

Santiago Vaca, University of British Columbia
"Volcanology, Physical Properties and Geochemistry in the Quesnel Terrane: Relationship to Porphyry Cu-Au Mineralization in British Columbia"

Dikun Yang, University of British Columbia
"Inversion of Time Domain Electromagnetic Datasets to Produce Realistic 3D Conductivity Models"

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Geoscience BC is an industry-led, industry-focused not-for-profit society. Its mandate includes the collection, interpretation and marketing of geoscience data and expertise to promote investment in resource exploration and development in British Columbia. Geoscience BC is funded by the Provincial Government and works in partnership with industry, academia, government, First Nations and communities to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to BC.