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Student Research Grant Awards (2013)

The Society of Economic Geologists Foundation (SEGF) and the SEG Canada Foundation (SEGCF) are pleased to announce the Student Research Grant awards for 2013. This year the SEGF received 107 eligible grant applications. Of the applications received, 66 were selected to receive funding: US$109,931.00 and CAN$69,300.00 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 30 different universities in 12 countries and distributed as follows: Canada (22), United States (20), UK (5), Australia (4), Spain (4), China (3), Argentina (2), Slovakia (2), Germany (1), Hong Kong (1), South Africa (1), and Switzerland (1).

Hugh E. McKinstry Fund (2013 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
Sandra Amores Casals US$3,750 University of Barcelona (Spain) Ph.D. Rare elements of Monte Verde and Coola carbonatites from Angola.
Wyatt Bain US$3,500 University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA) M.Sc. Fluid Inclusion Data from a Porphyry Cu prospect in Northwestern Arizona: hydrothermal systems and vectors to mineralization.
Sam Broom-Fendley US$3,000 Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (UK) Ph.D. Targeting heavy rare earth elements in carbonatite complexes.
Marc Campeny Crego US$2,500 University of Barcelona (Spain) Ph.D. Dynamics of emplacement of the Catanda volcanic carbonatites (NW Angola): Metallogenic implications.
Mingjian Cao US$3,500 Institute of Geology and Geophysics (China) Ph.D. Petrogenesis of granitoids and origin of methane-rich ore fluids from the Baogutu porphyry Cu deposit, western Junngar.
Montgarri Castillo Oliver US$3,000 University of Barcelona (Spain) Ph.D. Compositional evolution of indicator minerals in kimberlites: applications to diamond exploration.
US$3,750 Ph.D.
Helen Cocker US$2,000 The Australian National University (Australia) Ph.D. Platinum Group elements in evolving felsic magmatic systems.
Douglas Conner US$3,500 Colorado School of Mines (USA) M.Sc. An Investigation into the Controls on Brecciation and Mineralization at Ruby Creek, Bornite, Alaska.
William Fischer US$1,781 University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA) M.Sc. Ore and breccia Characterization of the 144 Zone breccia-hosted Au Deposit, Sterling Mine, Nevada.
Stephanie Fochtman US$2,000 University of Georgia (USA) M.Sc. Evaluation of the origin of large VMS deposits, Eastern Pontide Belt, eastern Turkey.
Stefanie Frelinger US$2,000 University of Texas at Austin (USA) M.Sc. Petrogenesis and Fluid Evolution of the Red Hills Porphyry Cu-Mo system, Trans-Pecos, Texas.
Matias Galina US$2,500 Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) Ph.D. Geology & Metallogenesis of the El Guanaco high sulphidation epithermal deposit, Atacama Desert, Chile.
Mario Guzman US$2,500 Colorado School of Mines (USA) M.Sc. Fluid Evolution and Au Mineralization at the North Amethyst Vein System, Creede.
Christina Hemme US$2,000 RWTH Aachen University (Germany) M.Sc. Magnetite-rich iron ore at the Pardoo mine (Ridley Magnetite project), Pilbara, Western Australia.
David Holder US$2,500 Kingston University, London (UK) Ph.D. Deposit telescoping and the epithermal-porphyry transition in the Brad-Sacaramb mineral district of western Romania.
Hao Hu US$2,000 China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (China) Ph.D. Oxygen isotope of magnetite and apatite in the Daye Fe-Cu-(Au) deposit.
Dora Kavecsanski US$2,500 Camborne School of Mines University of Exeter (UK) Ph.D. Proterozoic mantle lithosphere as a source of critical metals; insights from carbonate-rich magmas.
Heather Lancaster US$2,000 East Carolina University (USA) M.Sc. Geology of the late Archean-early Proterozoic Valentines Iron Formation, Eastern Uruguay.
Charles Makoundi US$3,500 University of Tasmania (Australia) Ph.D. Trace element variation in Phanerozic rocks, Malaysia: implications for gold mineralisation in the Sibumasu terrane.
Matthew McGloin US$3,500 Monash University (Australia) Ph.D. The genesis of U-REE mid-crustal systems and their links to IOCG deposits.
Alicia Metzger US$2,200 Missouri State University (USA) M.Sc. Gravity and magnetotelluric investigation of the FeO-REE deposits at Pea Ridge, Washington County, Missouri.
Melanie Newton US$2,000 University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA) M.Sc. Stable Oxygen Isotope analysis and Broad 'Cryptic Footprint' in the North Bullion Fault Zone, Railroad Project, Nevada.
Joshua O'Brien US$3,500 Iowa State University (USA) Ph.D. Geochemistry of metamorphosed hydrothermal alteration zones, Stollberg ore field, Bergslagen district, Sweden.
Herve Rezeau US$3,000 University of Geneva (Switzerland) Ph.D. Cu-Mo deposits of the Tertiary Meghri-Ordubad zone, southern Armenia.
Melisa Salvioli US$2,500 Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) Ph.D. Geology of the polymetallic-barite deposits of the Colipilli area, Neuquen Basin.
Edward Spencer US$3,500 Imperial College of London (UK) Ph.D. The speciation and transport of molybdenum in porphyry ore systems.
Erin Summerlin US$2,500 Auburn University (USA) M.Sc. PGE mineralization at the Allard Stock: Implications for the porphyry to epithermal transition, La Plata Mountains, Colorado.
Lisard Torro I Abat US$3,000 Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) Ph.D. The VMS and hybrid VMS-epithermal deposits in an intra-oceanic island arc setting, Cordillera Central, Dominican Republic.
Roman Toth US$2,500 Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) Ph.D. Potentially toxic elements (As, Sb, Cu, Zn, Pb): transport from tailings impoundment into surrounding environment, Slovinky, Slovakia.
Megan Williams US$3,200 University of Leicester (UK) M.Sc. Mineralogical and Fluid Characteristics of the Monakoff and E1 Deposits, Cloncurry Region.
Jason Yonts US$1,500 East Carolina University (USA) M.Sc. The composition of zincian spinel as an indicator of rare metal (Li) mineralization in granitic pegmatites.
Juraj Zitnan US$2,000 Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) Ph.D. Slatinske Lazy Au porphyry system in the Javorie stratovolcano, Slovakia, Western Carpathians.

Hickok-Radford Fund (2013 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 was one recipient.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Margaux Le Vaillant US$5,000 University of Western Australia (Australia) Ph.D. Remobilization of metals, PGE & Au by hydrothermal fluids within the mineralzed Keivitsa ultramafic intrusion, Northern Lapland, Finland.

Newmont Mining Corporation Student Grant (2013 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 five recipients.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
John Hoyt US$3,000 Iowa State (USA) M.Sc. Hydrothermal alteration and mineralization along detachment faults, Picacho, California.
Christopher Olson US$2,500 Colorado School of Mines (USA) M.Sc. The Quartz-Carbonate Vein Systems at the Kensington Gold Mine, Juneau, Alaska.
Joshua Smith US$2,500 University of Nevada, Reno (USA) M.Sc. Control on High Grades within the Hollister Low-Sulfidation Epithermal Au-Ag Deposit, Nevada.
Katie Wickham US$3,000 University of Nevada, Reno (USA) M.Sc. Thallium Isotope tracing of Carlin-type Au sources in the Getchell Trend, Nevada.
Wengang Xu US$4,000 Institute of Geology and Geophysics (China) Ph.D. Geochemstry and isotopes of hydrothermal apatites from the Guilaizhuang gold deposit, SW Shandong, North China.

Hugo T. Dummett Fund (2013 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 was one recipient.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Antonio Celis US$3,000 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Porphyry Indicator Minerals: a new exploration tool for alkalic porphyry deposits of south-central BC.

Alberto Terrones L. Fund (2013 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 (2013 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 was one recipient.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Sarah Glynn US$2,000 University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) Ph.D. Geochronological evolution of the Palaeoproterozoic Magondi Belt, western Zimbabwe.

Canada Foundation (SEGCF) (2013 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 26 recipients.

Name Award Amount University Degree Project Area
Jane Block CAN$2,000 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) M.Sc. A structural study of the Rice Bay Dome: structural mapping and kinematic analysis.
Anezka Borcinova Radkova CAN$3,000 Queens University (Canada) Ph.D. Influence of secondary oxyhydroxides precipitation on Sb, As & Cu mobility in mine drainage environment.
Michael Burns CAN$2,500 Laurentian University (Canada) Ph.D. Fluid involvement during the formation, alteration and mineralization of the Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group, NWT, Canada.
Diane Chung CAN$3,000 University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Ph.D. BIF-hosted iron ore deposits along the Labrador Trought in eastern Canada.
Irene del Real CAN$3,000 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. The Southeast Zone (Cu-Mo) and Deerhorn (Cu-Au) porphyry deposits; a possible genetic relationship between a calc-alkalic and an alkalic deposit, Woodjam, central BC.
Naghmeh Farhangi CAN$5,000 Laurentian University (Canada) M.Sc. Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Black Label Intrusion, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario.
Ben Frieman CAN$2,500 Colorado School of Mines (USA) Ph.D. Regional structural development and tectonic evolution associated with Archean deposits, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada.
Michael Gadd CAN$4,000 Queen's University (Canada) Ph.D. Hydrothermal event recognition and sedex deposit vectoring, Howard's Pass, Yukon.
Emilie Gagnon CAN$2,500 University of Ottawa (Canada) M.Sc. Metamorphic and structural patterns of the Archean North Caribou Belt: implications for hydrothermal lode Au deposits.
Nicolas Gaillard CAN$2,500 McGill (Canada) Ph.D. Geology, geochemistry and mineralisation of the Canadian Malartic gold deposit, Québec.
Sergio Gamonal CAN$2,000 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Mineralization, alteration and magmatism at the La Coipa Au-Ag Deposit, Maricunga belt, Chile.
Erik Haroldson CAN$2,000 University of Wisconsin - Madison (USA) M.Sc. Fluid Inclusion study of the Archean Magino gold deposit; Implications for regional mineralizing systems.
Sarah Jackson-Brown CAN$2,500 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Cu-PGE-rich mineralization in the Turnagain Alaskan-type Ultramafic Intrusion, British Columbia, Canada.
Nico Kastek CAN$2,000 Memorial University (Canada) Ph.D. Comparison of the volcanic stratigraphy in the Cape Smith belt of NE Superior cration and coeval magmatism of the Nain portion of the North Atlantic craton.
Alexey Li CAN$3,000 Queen's University (Canada) Ph.D. Uranium mineralization in peralkaline intrusive complexes.
Valeria Li CAN$2,500 Queen's University (Canada) Ph.D. The uranium deposits of the Macusani district, Puno, southeastern Peru: a new ore genetic model.
Matthew Manor CAN$2,500 University of British Columbia (Canada) M.Sc. Orogenic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits: geology of the Giant Mascot magmatic sulfide deposit, Hope, B.C.
Alexandra McGladrey CAN$2,500 Queen's University (Canada) M.Sc. Large Silicate Zinc Deposits: Integration of mineralogical, geochemical and physical rock properties.
Justin Palmer CAN$2,500 Colorado School of Mines (USA) M.Sc. Age of Deformation and Mineralization of the Nadaleen Trend, Rackla Gold Belt, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Krisztina Pandur CAN$3,000 University of Saskatchewan (Canada) Ph.D. Fluids responsible for high- and low-temperature REE mineralization, northern Saskatchewan.
Kate Rubingh CAN$2,500 Laurentian University (Canada) Ph.D. Geological controls on Au mineralisation at the New Britannia Mine, Snow Lake, Manitoba.
Dennis Sanchez Mora CAN$2,500 University of New Brunswick (Canada) M.Sc. Low sulfidation epithermal gold mineralization, Tobique Volcanic Belt, northern New Brunswick, Canada.
Drew Stavinga CAN$3,000 Queen's University (Canada) M.Sc. Trace element geochemistry of oxide ore at the Prairie Creek deposit.
Alexander Timofeev CAN$2,800 McGill (Canada) M.Sc. Niobium and Tantalum Mineralization in the Nechalacho REE Deposit, NWT, Canada.
Rui Wang CAN$2,500 University of Alberta (Canada) Ph.D. Magmatic and tectonic controls on the development of porphyry Cu deposits in the Gangdese belt, Tibet.
Shaunaugh Whelan CAN$1,500 University of Alberta (Canada) M.Sc. U-Pb Zircon Dating of Quartz Monzonite at Sprogge, South-East Yukon.