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Student Research Grants

2016 Recipients

The Society of Economic Geologists Foundation (SEGF) and the SEG Canada Foundation (SEGCF) are pleased to announce the Student Research Grant awards for 2016. This year the SEGF received 160 applications, of which 50 were selected to receive funding for a total of US$180,780 (erroneously reported as $186,940 in the July 2016 SEG Newsletter) (US$126,940 SEGF and CAN$68,390 SEGCF (erroneously reported as CAN$53,840 in the July 2016 SEG Newsletter).

These grants will assist students with field and laboratory expenses for thesis research on mineral deposits as required for graduate degrees at accredited universities. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are available to students worldwide.

This year's successful candidates make up 22 nationalities and attend 32 different universities in 10 countries and distributed as follows: Canada (17), United States (14), Australia (5), UK (5), South Africa (4), Brazil (1), Chile (1), Germany (1), Japan (1), and Spain (1).

Hugh E. McKinstry Fund  Learn more...

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Tracy Anderson US$3,340 University of Nevada Reno (USA) M.Sc. Supergene Ag Enrichment at the Rochester Mine in Pershing County, NV.
Wilson Bonner US$4,000 University of Nevada Reno (USA) M.Sc. Spatial and Temporal Relationships between Carlin-style Gold and Polymetallic Mineralization at the Deep Cove Au-Ag Deposit, Nevada.
Gráinne Byrne US$4,250 Colorado School of Mines (USA) Ph.D. Geometries and Genesis of Breccias within the Halokinetic Kalukundi Diapir at the Mashitu Mine, Katanga, DRC.
Michael Calder US$4,500 James Cook University (Australia) Ph.D. Zonation, paragenesis and fluid evolution from the root to top of the Far Southeast-Lepanto porphyry-epithermal system, Philippines.
Alexander Cherry US$2,600 University of Tasmania (Australia) Ph.D. Sedimentary units within the Olympic Dam Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit: Provenance and implications to metal sources.
Tristan Childress US$5,000 University of Michigan (USA) Ph.D. Geochemical characterization of iron oxides and associated mineralogy from the Pea Ridge and Pilot Knob iron oxide-apatite deposits of southeast Missouri, USA.
Elizabeth Hollingsworth US$4,000 University of Nevada, Reno (USA) Ph.D. Au Mineralization in the Rain-Railroad District, Nevada: Relationship of Carlin-type and Intrusion-related Au Deposits and the Carlin-type to Epithermal Transition.
Grace Howe US$4,000 University of Leicester (United Kingdom) M.Sc. Assessment of the Ni-Cu-PGE potential of magmatic intrusions surrounding the Munali Ni-sulfide deposit, Zambia.
Michael Hutchinson US$3,300 Oregon State University (USA) Ph.D. Trace element partitioning between silicate and CaSO4-rich melts.
Florian Huthmann US$2,560 University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) Ph.D. The age, tectonic setting and magmatic stratigraphy of the Waterberg Project, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Malte Junge US$2,700 Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) Ph.D. LA-ICP-MS analyses for PGE in secondary/oxidized minerals, Bushveld Complex, South Africa.
Bartosz Karykowski US$3,250 Cardiff University (United Kingdom) Ph.D. Field based and analytical evidence from the Bushveld and Monchegorsk layered intrusive complexes.
Nikita La Cruz US$3,400 University of Michigan (USA) Ph.D. An investigation of the age and chemistry of apatite in iron oxide - apatite (IOA) deposits.
Erin Lynch US$1,500 University of Michigan (USA) Ph.D. Elucidating fluid sources in the Sevier fold-thrust belt using isotopic studies of authigenic illite.
Gustavo Melo US$3,500 University of Campinas (Brazil) Ph.D. Characterization of metal and fluid sources of the world-class Salobo and Igarapé-Bahia IOCG deposits, Carajás Province.
Ibiyemi Ogungbuyi US$4,500 University of Cape Town (South Africa) Ph.D. The Geochemistry and Source Characteristics of Carbonatites and Related Alkaline Rocks from Southern Namibia and Northern Cape, South Africa.
Rebecca Perkins US$5,000 University of Bristol (United Kingdom) Ph.D. Post-collisional magmatism and porphyry-style mineralization in the Maronia Magmatic Corridor, NE Greece.
Carson Richardson US$4,600 University of Arizona (USA) Ph.D. Extensional deformation in the northern Shoshone range: Deciphering the pre-faulting geometry of alteration-mineralization patterns and paleo-hydrothermal system(s).
Josia Shilunga US$3,800 University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) Ph.D. The geological and geophysical study of the the Kombat South area, Otavi Mountain Land, northern Namibia.
William Smith US$2,450 Portsmouth (United Kingdom) M.Sc. Tectonomagmatic evolution of the Cornubian Ore Province: a new early magmatic event?
Matthew Terracin US$5,000 University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) Ph.D. Structural Development of the Potchefstroom Thrust Fault, Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa.
Jesus Velasco Acebes US$2,750 Spanish National Research Council (Spain) Ph.D. The formation of VMS deposits in extreme paleoographic environments: anoxia, microbial activity and sulphide precipitation.

Hickok-Radford Fund  Learn more...

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Ijaz Ahmad US$4,000 University of Alberta (Canada) M.Sc. Potential sources of post-subduction Cu-Au mineralization, Kohistan arc, Pakistan.
Erika Cayer US$3,000 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Development of Geochemical Exploration Technologies for the Discovery of Kimberlites Concealed under Glacial Drift, NWT.

Newmont Mining Corporation Student Grant  Learn more...

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Dana Drew US$3,000 University of Texas (USA) Ph.D. Cl stable isotopes as a tracer of metal transport in hydrothermal fluids of the Grasberg giant porphyry Cu-Au deposit, Indonesia.
Renelle Dubosq US$3,000 University of Ottawa (Canada) M.Sc. Assessing sulphide recrystallization and Au remobilization through 2D trace element mapping and structural analysis, Detour Lake Mine, Ontario, Canada.
Marcelo Godefroy US$3,000 University of Western Australia (Australia) Ph.D. Chemical gradient within the Kundana area at the time of Au mineralization, Western Australia.
Oyungerel Sarantuya US$3,000 Kyushu University (Japan) Ph.D. Geology and Genesis of the Olon Ovoot Au Deposit in South Mongolia.
Jennifer Thompson US$3,000 University of Tasmania (Australia) Ph.D. Examining textural, geochemical, and fluorescence variations within vein and replacement style carbonate in porphyry Cu-Au deposits.

Hugo T. Dummett Fund  Learn more...

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Jaime Campo US$3,500 Western Washington University (USA) M.Sc. Cathodoluminescence and trace elements in quartz from low sulfidation epithermal ore deposits; implications for exploration and ore genesis.
James Chapman US$1,940 University of Arizona (USA) Ph.D. Empirical relationships between trace element concentration in detrital minerals and partition coefficients: estimation of whole rock REE concentrations.
Annock Chiwona US$5,000 Newcastle University (United Kingdom) Ph.D. Extending the reach of crushed rock fertilizers to Africa.
Matthew Dunlop US$4,500 University of Wyoming (USA) Ph.D. Platinum Isotope Characteristics of Pt-Bearing Ores and Genetic Implications.

Alberto Terrones L. Fund  Learn more...

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
This year there were no recipients.

Timothy Nutt Fund  Learn more...

Funds of US$10,000 are being made available for the support of students attending the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC).

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
This year there were no recipients.

Canada Foundation (SEGCF)  Learn more...

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Charles Beard CAN$4,180 McGill (Canada) Ph.D. Fingerprints of rare metal enrichment in alkaline igneous systems, as recorded by aegirine-pyroxene.
Matthew Bodnar CAN$5,080 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Modeling surface geochemical responses in in vegetation and soil within transported overburden above a VMS deposit.
Justin Drummond CAN$1,020 Queen's University (Canada) Ph.D. Geochemistry and diagenesis of groundwater calcrete, Western Australia: implications for calcrete-hosted U mineralization.
Alonso Encina CAN$3,810 Universidad de Chile (Chile) B.Sc. (H) Development new technology for exploration of precious metals deposit: application of portable fluid-inclusion crushing-stage.
Carter Grondahl CAN$6,350 University of Toronto (Canada) Ph.D. The metal and volatile evolution of ore-forming magmas associated with magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits.
Shane Higbee CAN$1,400 Acadia (Canada) M.Sc. Understanding interactions between partial digestion reagents and soil mineral matrices in exploration geochemistry.
Halley Keevil CAN$2,920 Colorado School of Mines (USA) Ph.D. The White Mountain Au Deposit, Jilin Province, Northeastern China: Defining Ore Controls in an Enigmatic Breccia-Hosted Au Deposit.
Nikolett Kovacs CAN$3,430 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Geological investigation of the Carmacks Copper Cu-Au-Ag oxide deposit, west-central Yukon.
Mandy Krebs CAN$4,060 University of Alberta (Canada) Ph.D. Impurities, Defects and Isotope Compositions of Smooth-Surfaced Diamond.
Yiguan Lu CAN$5,080 Laurentian University (Canada) Ph.D. Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis of the Jinbaoshan Pt-Pd-(Cu)-(Ni) and Baimazhai Ni-Cu-(PGE) deposits, Ailaoshan orogenic belt, SW China.
Ronald Massawe CAN$3,560 University of New Brunswick (Canada) Ph.D. Petrogenesis of Cu-Ag Porphyry and Skarn Mineralization in the McKenzie Gulch Area, NB, Canada.
Brian McNulty CAN$6,350 University of Tasmania, CODES (Australia) Ph.D. High-resolution CA-ID-TIMS U-Pb zircon dating to resolve the timing of ore horizons in the Myra Falls VHMS district, BC, Canada.
Rebecca Paisley CAN$3,300 McGill University (Canada) Ph.D. A geochemical approach to constraining magmatic degassing in rhyolitic systems.
Laurence Pryer CAN$4,830 University of Alberta (Canada) Ph.D. Using the igneous record of the Selwyn basin, Central Yukon, to identify Cretaceous delamination driven regional exhumation and the effect of delamination on regional mineralization.
Fabien Rabayrol CAN$1,590 University of British Columbia (Canada) Ph.D. Tectono-Magmatic Evolution of the Anatolian-Tauride metallogenic belt, Turkey.
Shane Rich CAN$5,080 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Geochemical Mapping of the Deerhorn Cu-Au porphyry Deposit and Associated Alteration through Transported Overburden.
Yujian Wang CAN$6,350 Laurentian University (Canada) Ph.D. Ultramafic-mafic inclusions located in contact sublayer and Implications for Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization in Sudbury Igneous Complex, Canada.