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Student Research Grant Awards (2012)

The Society of Economic Geologists Foundation (SEGF) and the SEG Canada Foundation (SEGCF) are pleased to announce the Student Research Grant awards for 2012. This year the SEGF received 96 eligible grant applications. Of the applications received, 57 were selected to receive funding: US$116,312.00 and CAN$67,950.00 will be distributed in student grant awards.

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 attend 38 different universities in 10 countries and distributed as follows: United States (16), Canada (15), Australia (12), China (4), UK (3), Argentina (2), Slovakia (2), Japan (1), Poland (1), and Spain (1).

Hugh E. McKinstry Fund (2012 Recipients)

Supports "study, research and teaching of the science of economic geology or for related projects," with preference given to field and related laboratory research by graduate students. Geologists on study-leave from their employment are also eligible to apply. This year there were 32 recipients.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Hannah Aird US$3,250 Duke University (USA) Ph.D. A Study of the Accessory Mineral Assemblages of the Stillwater Complex (Montana, USA)
Elena Andreeva US$1,000 Hokkaido University (Japan) Ph.D. Characteristics of gold mineralization at the Aginskoe deposit and surrounding area in the Central Kamchatka (Russia)
Heidi Berkenbosch US$2,000 University of Tasmania (Australia) Ph.D. Geochemical Evolution of Brothers Submarine Volcano Hydrothermal System, Kermadec Arc.
Lauren E. Colwell US$3,000 University of Wyoming (USA) M.Sc. Titanite's chemical connection to the hydrothermal system in ocean crust: Implications for future mineral resources.
Rodrigo Ignacio Escobar US$2,000 Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) Ph.D. Geology and genesis of the Ba-Sr deposits related to the Cretaceous sequence between the Bajada del Agrio and Chos Malal localities, Neuquén Province.
Jaclyn Ferraro US$3,250 University of Iowa (USA) M.Sc. Evaluating Structural controls on Mineralization in the Couer d'Arlene District through Structural and ESBD Analysis (USA)
Andrew Peter George Fowler US$2,000 University of California, Davis (USA) M.Sc. Detrital rutile in the Au-bearing Moeda Formation, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Rare Earth Element concentrations in geothermal fluids from Icelandic geothermal systems (Iceland)
Maria Cecilia Gallard Esquivel US$1,500 Universidad Nacional de San Luis (Argentina) Ph.D. Metallogenesis and palaeovolcanology of La Carolina gold-bearing district (San Luis, Argentina)
Maria de las Nieves Gómez Miguélez US$3,000 Instituto Geológica y Minero de España (Spain) Ph.D. Geochemical evolution of Las Cruces massive sulphide supergene alteration (Seville, Spain)
Erik Hanson US$3,250 Southern Illinois University (USA) M.Sc. The origin and REE investigation of the Sparks Hill and Chamberlain diatremes near Hick's Dome (Southeastern Illinois, USA).
Ana-Sophie Hensler US$3,000 University of Western Australia, Australia/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) Ph.D. The genesis of hypogene (hard ore) iron ore types in the Iron Quadrangle, with specific emphasis on their P-T-X-t conditions of formation (Brazil).
Mark Leatherman US$3,500 Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) Ph.D. Emplacement Mechanisms of Country Rock Hosted Massive Ni-Cu-PGE Magmatic Sulfides in the Tamarack Deposit, Minnesota and the Eagle Deposit (Northern Michigan, USA).
Pilar Lecumberri Sanchez US$4,000 Virginia Tech (USA) Ph.D. Spatial and temporal evolution of fluids related with alteration and mineralization at Red Mountain (Arizona, USA)
Xuan Liu US$3,250 Institute of Geology and Geophysics, China Academy of Sciences (China) Ph.D. Formation and preservation of the mid-Jurassic porphyry copper systems in Dexing, SE China: insights from geo-/thermo-chronological studies (China).
Matt McGloin US$3,250 Monash University (Australia) Ph.D. The Genesis of U-REE mid-crustal systems and their links to IOCG deposits (Australia).
Andrea McHugh US$2,685 New Mexico Tech (USA) M.Sc. Genesis of Navidad Hill Deposit, Argentina: Vein paragenesis and stable isotope geochemistry of a low-sulfidation epithermal Ag-Pb-Cu deposit (Argentina).
Rebecca Morris US$1,000 New Mexico Tech (USA) M.Sc. The relationship of alteration zoning to mineralization at Chilito copper porphyry deposit (Gila County, Arizona, USA)
Demian Nelson US$2,350 University of California, San Diego (USA) B.S. Honors Precious metal mineralization in chromitites from the Stillwater, Bushveld, Muskox and Rum mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions (USA, South Africa, Scotland).
Patrick J. Newman US$750 University of Akron (USA) M.Sc. Work Budget Estimation of Self-Affine Faults: A theoretical and Applied Approach (USA).
Laurie Christine O’Neill US$1,000 University of Texas at Austin (USA) M.Sc. Rare Earth Element Mineralisation associated with the Paleogene Round Top Laccolith (West Texas, USA).
Daniel Parvaz US$1,000 University of Exeter (UK) Ph.D. Development of geochemical methods for targeting lower environmental impact secondary copper deposits in the Troodos Massif, Cyprus.
Jorge Perez US$1,000 University of California, San Diego (USA) M.Sc. Establishing the sources, timing and structural controls on epithermal Au mineralization at the Fire Creek Property (Northern Nevada Rift, USA).
Marián Petrák US$2,500 Comenius University (Slovakia) Ph.D. Geochemical stability of tailing impoundment material with calculation of mineral reserves (Locality Markušovce, Slovakia).
Brendon Rolfe-Betts US$3,250 Leicester University (UK) Ph.D. The Petrogenesis and Metallogenesis of Western Milos, Greece; An Integrated Approach to Understand Hydrothermal Activity in a Submarine-to-subaerial volcanic Environment.
Roland Seubert US$4,000 Monash University (Australia) Ph.D. Petrogenesis and Ni-Cu-PGE potential of the Giles Complex (West Musgrave Province, Central Australia).
Ali Sholeh US$3,000 University of Tasmania (Australia) Ph.D. Geology, geochemistry, geochronology and evolution of epithermal gold mineralization system in Bazman area, Southeastern Urumieh-Dokhtar magmatic arc.
Edward Spencer US$4,000 Imperial College London ( UK) Ph.D. Molybdenum (Mo) speciation and transport in porphyry ore systems.
Martin Stevko US$3,000 Comenius University (Slovakia) Ph.D. Sn-W-Ta-Nb mineralisation in granites near Gemerská Poloma (Košice Region, Slovakia).
Chen M. Wei US$2,100 University of Hong Kong (China) Ph.D. In-situ U-Pb and trace element analyses of accessory minerals in the Lala iron-copper deposit (Southwest China).
Scott Williamson US$3,000 Southern Illinois University (USA) M.Sc. Age, ore mineralogy, and igneous association of the Shafter carbonate-hosted Ag-Pb-Zn deposit (Texas, USA).
Selina Wu US$3,050 University of Tasmania (Australia) Ph.D. Volcanic Hosted Massive Sulfide Deposits in the Que-Hellyer Volcanics (Western Tasmania, Australia).
Dayu Zhang US$3,000 Hefei University of Technology (China) Ph.D. The geological and geochemical study on the Qiatekaer Cu-Ni occurrence in Eastern Tianshan (Northwest China).

Hickok-Radford Fund (2012 Recipients)

Supports field-based research projects and directly related laboratory studies as applied to metallic mineral deposits, with preference given to projects located in Alaska, northern Canada and other regions north of Latitude 60 North, or for projects at very high elevations elsewhere and extreme southern latitudes. This year there were two recipients.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Margaux LeVaillant US$3,000 University of Western Australia (Australia) Ph.D. Characterisation of hydrothermal footprint around the Keivitsa magmatic nickel sulfide deposit (Northern Lapland, Finland).
Jose Piquer US$5,000 University of Tasmania (Australia) Ph.D. Structural geology of the Andes of Central Chile: evolution, controls on magmatism and the emplacement of giant ore deposits and implications for exploration.

Newmont Mining Corporation Student Grant (2012 Recipients)

Supports research projects worldwide related to the geology, mineralization and metallogeny of gold deposits. Emphasis is placed on research with a strong field component, with funding available for directly related laboratory work. This year there were three recipients.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Stephanie Mills US$5,000 Monash (Australia) Ph.D. Formation of intrusion-hosted gold deposits (Jiaodong Peninsula, China).
Catherine Nyakecho US$5,000 University of Western Australia (Australia) M.Sc. Gold Prospectivity Analyses of Selected Gold Camps in Uganda.
Christian Schindler US$5,000 University of Western Australia (Australia) Ph.D. Petrogenesis of intrusive rocks in the Telfer region, Paterson Orogen, Western Australia: implications for gold mineralization.

Hugo T. Dummett Fund (2012 Recipients)

Supports applied economic geology research, including the development of new exploration technology and techniques, and the dissemination of related results through publications, lectures, short courses, workshops and conferences. This year there were four recipients.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Pingping Liu US$1,000 University of Hong Kong (China) Ph.D. Iron isotope fractionation and the oxygen fugacity of the Baima layered magmatic Fe-Ti deposit in Emeishan Large Igneous Province (Southwest China).
Joshua O'Brien US$5,000 Iowa State University (USA) M.Sc. The chemistry of gahnite as an exploration guide to metamorphosed massive sulfide deposits.
Marta Sosnicka US$377 AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland) Ph.D. The baro-acoustic decrepitation method in fluid inclusion study.
Christine M. Wawryk US$5,000 University of Adelaide (Australia) Ph.D. An Investigation into the Application of Systematic Variation in Iron isotope Composition in the Understanding of Felsic Magma Systems with Associated Hydrothermal Ore Deposits-a New Exploration Vector.

Alberto Terrones L. Fund (2012 Recipients)

Annually supports qualifying students from Mexico, Peru, and other Latin American countries who are pursuing graduate studies in applied economic geology or geological engineering while regularly enrolled at MS or Ph.D. degree-granting universities in the U.S. or Canada. The grants may be used for thesis research, university fees, living expenses while on campus, travel, or any other expense directly related to pursuing the graduate study program. This year there were no recipients.

Timothy Nutt Fund (2012 Recipients)

Provides financial support for geology students and young economic geologists located in Zimbabwe or in Southern Africa with ties to Zimbabwe. The fund may be used to support SEG student chapter activities, travel to meetings, field trips and for research or study grants, technical lectures or any other activities approved by the SEG Regional Vice President for Africa. This year there were no recipients.

Canada Foundation (SEGCF) (2012 Recipients)

Currently supports students at Canadian universities or Canadian students studying abroad. The grants are designed to support graduate student thesis research leading to master's or doctoral degrees in Economic Geology, and are typically directed towards field expenses or analytical work related to the thesis project. This year there were 16 recipients.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Esther Bordet CAN$4,700 University of British Columbia (Canada) Ph.D. Zartoroscht, deposit, Sanandaj-Sirjan metamorphic belt (Iran)
Melissa Anderson CAN$2,500 University of New Brunswick (Canada) M.Sc. Eocene Volcanic and Structural Framework of Central British Columbia: Insights for the Tectonic and Metallogenic Evolution of the Canadian Cordillera.
Sebastian Fuchs CAN$4,600 McGill University (Canada) Ph.D. Active Metal Transport in Organic Matter and its Role in the Ore-Formation Process of Gold Deposits (South Africa).
Michael Gadd CAN$6,500 Queen’s University (Canada) Ph.D. Hydrothermal event recognition and sedex deposit vectoring method development using microanalytical geochemical techniques (Howard's Pass, Yukon).
Therese Garcia CAN$1,150 University of Toronto (Canada) Ph.D. Differences and similarities between Algoma-type and Superior-type Iron Formations (Canada).
Ana Maria Guerra Marin CAN$4,500 University of British Columbia (Canada) Ph.D. Tectonic Evolution, Magmatism and porphyry style mineralization in the Middle Cauca belt (Colombia).
Tea Laurila CAN$3,100 University of Ottawa (Canada) Ph.D. Geochemical Insights into Metal precipitation in the Atlantis II Deep (The Red Sea).
Yanan Liu CAN$3,300 University of Toronto (Canada) Ph.D. The roles of semi metals in the crystallization of magmatic sulfides (Canada)
Robert Lodge CAN$4,800 Laurentian University (Canada) Ph.D. Comparison of the volcanological and geochemical characteristics of the Shebandowan Greenstone Belt to the VMS-endowed and VMS-deprived greenstone belts in the Wawa terrane, Superior Craton.
Krisztina Pandur CAN$5,000 University of Saskatchewan (Canada) Ph.D. Character and evolution of fluids that form high- and low-temperature REE mineralization: Constraints from the Hoidas Lake and Douglas River deposits (Northern Saskatchewan, Canada).
Andrew Ritts CAN$3,200 Colorado School of Mines (USA) M.Sc. Pyrite as a vector to ore in shale-hosted deposits: Compositional variations in pyrite from the unusual Eskay Creek sulfide and sulfosalt deposit (British Columbia, Canada).
Alfonso Luis Rodriguez Madrid CAN$4,800 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Geology and Hydrothermal Evolution of the La Bodega and La Mascota Prospects (California District, Santander, Colombia).
Evan Smith CAN$2,500 University of British Columbia (Canada) Ph.D. The composition and significance of fluid inclusions in gem-quality diamonds.
Michael Tucker CAN$6,100 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Carlin-Type gold mineralization of the Conrad Zone (Yukon Territory, Canada).
Jim Renaud CAN$2,000 University of Western Ontario (Canada) Ph.D. Aricheng uranium deposit (Roraima Basin, British Guyana)
Rui Wang CAN$4,700 University of Alberta (Canada) Ph.D. Uplift and magmatic controls on the differential distribution of atypical collision-related porphyry Cu-Mo deposits in the Gangdese belt (South Tibet, China).
Avee Ya'acoby CAN$5,000 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Petrogenesis and Geotectonic Evolution of Carbonatite Associations in the North-Central Frenchman Cap Dome (Southeastern British Columbia, Canada).
Zhihai Zhang CAN$4,000 Dalhousie University (Canada) Ph.D. Diamond Preservation in the Mantle.