Geoscience BC Scholarship Program 2023 Recipients Awarded

Vancouver, BC – July 11, 2023 – Geoscience BC announces the 2023 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 in British Columbia. The scholarships are awarded annually to up to ten students who currently enrolled in a Masters (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) program in earth science. This brings Geoscience BC Scholarship Program investment to $770,000 since the scholarship program’s inception in 2007.

For 2023, the Geoscience BC Scholarship Program is sponsored by Teck Resources Limited (Teck). Stuart McCracken, Vice President Exploration & Geoscience, Teck said: "Teck is pleased to support the next generation of bright geoscientists who will help drive society’s transition to a low carbon economy and position Canada as a global leader in responsible critical minerals production.”

Geoscience BC President & CEO Gavin C. Dirom added: “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. Congratulations to the Geoscience BC Scholarship Program 2023 recipients! We are proud to support you.”


Geoscience BC 2023 Scholarship Recipients:

Behnaz Bahroudi, M.Sc. Student, Thompson Rivers University

  • Topsoil-Till Cover Depth and Amendments: Influence on Ecosystem Reclamation in Closed Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs)


Fateme Hormozzade, Ph.D. Student, Carleton University

  • Three-Dimensional Modeling of Geothermal Systems in The Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, Canada, Using Magnetotelluric Data


Giovanni Pamparana, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia

  • A Study on Compression Breakage: From Theory to Practice


Huaze (Derek) Xu, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia

  • Vectoring and Alteration Footprints from Mineralogy and Geochemistry at the Lorraine Cu-Au Deposit, British Columbia, Canada


Joanna Dlugosz, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

  • Trace Element and Sulphur Isotope Vectoring in the Burgundy Ridge Cu-Au Alkalic Porphyry Deposit, Northwestern British Columbia


Kiera Broda, Ph.D. Student, McGill University

  • Controls on the Nickel Mineralization of the Early Jurassic Alaskan-Type Ultramafic-mafic, Turnagain Complex


Kyle Powers, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia

  • Stratigraphy and Mineralization at BA in the Golden Triangle, NW BC


Lindsey Abdale, Ph.D. Student, University of British Columbia

  • The Cottonbelt Pb-Zn Deposit of Southeastern British Columbia: the World’s First Volcanogenic Deposit Associated with a Carbonatite?


Maziyar Nazemi, Ph.D. Student, Simon Fraser University

  • 3-D Reconstruction of the Georgia Basin and Potential for CO2 Sequestration in the Lower Mainland, B.C.


Russell Johnston, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia

  • Structural Controls on the Galore Creek Porphyry Deposit, Northwestern British Columbia


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