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Scholarships and Awards

There are a number of internal awards and bursaries available to undergraduate students in the Department of Earth Sciences. For external awards and bursaries, please click here.

Needs-Based Bursaries

A bursary is a is a non-repayable award; all applicants must be full-time students and must show genuine financial need. To be eligible for any needs-based bursary, students must complete and submit the Financial Assistance Profile application, which can be found on the Student Services website, by October 31st of each year. The Office of the Registrar also has information about University-wide bursaries.

Awarded to full-time students in the Department of Earth Sciences on the basis of financial need and academic achievement. For all candidates registered in second year of any program in Earth Sciences, the minimum academic requirement is 75% overall average in first year courses. For all candidates registered in third or fourth year of an Honors Specialization, Major, or Specialization in Earth Sciences, the minimum academic requirement is a 75% cumulative average from all courses designated as principal courses. These awards were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA'79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA'78). Value: 15 @ up to $1,000 each.

How to apply: Complete and submit the Financial Assistance Profile application which can be found on the Student Services Site by October 31st.

Awarded annually to students in the Faculty of Science on the basis of financial need and academic achievement (mimimum B+ average). These awards were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA '79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA '78). Value: 12 Up to $,1000 each.

How to apply: Complete and submit the Financial Assistance Profile application on the Student Services Site by October 31st.

Available to any student who demonstrates financial need and who is progressing satisfactorily. Preference will be given to a student in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, or Environmental Sciences. Established by Friends of the Garden, a dedicated group of volunteers committed to enhancing the beauty of The University of Western Ontario campus. Value: $1000 each, number will vary based on funds available annually.

How to apply: Complete and submit the Financial Assistance Profile application on the Student Services Site by October 31st.

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science, or full-time graduate students enrolled in the Geology or Geophysics graduate program in the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, on the basis of financial need, to enable them to participate in graduate or undergraduate student field trips and workshops in the geology of mineral deposits. Established through Foundation Western. Recipients will be selected by a committee of three, consisting of the faculty member responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in mineral deposits - Geology; the Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences; and, the Outside Advisor to the Student Chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists. Value: 9 at a minimum of $300 up to a maximum of $500 each (award amounts will be determined based on field trip selection).

How to apply: Application forms and deadline information can be obtained from the Academic Program Coordinator of the Department of Earth Sciences. Students applying for the Hodder Travel Bursary must complete a Financial Assistance Profile application on the Student Services Site by October 31.

Merit-Based Awards - Application Required

The following bursary and scholarships require students to submit applications directly to the Academic Program Coordinator in the Department of Earth Sciences. Please also see the Registrar's website for University-wide awards.

Available to candidates in Engineering and Earth Sciences based on either of the following criteria:

1) Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in any year beyond year one who have expressed an interest in mining and are enrolled in one of the following programs: Chemical Engineering, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 80% average, and recipients will be selected by a committee in Engineering based on academic achievement.

2) Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in any year beyond year one who have expressed an interest in mining and are enrolled in a field course in one of the following programs: Geology, Geophysics or Geology and Environmental Science. Candidates must have achieved a 80% average, and recipients will be selected by a committee in Earth Sciences based on academic achievement.

Value: The value of each scholarship is a minimum $2,000 and the number available annually will vary depending on the pool of eligible applicants. Approximately $25,000 is available annually, and successful recipients will share this amount equally. Engineering and Earth Sciences are eligible to select an equal number of recipients. However, if eligible candidates cannot be found in Engineering, unused funds will be directed to select additional recipients in Earth Sciences. Conversely, if eligible candidates cannot be found in Earth Sciences, unused funds will be directed to select additional recipients in Engineering.

How to apply: Applicants must provide a brief essay (maximum 250 words) describing their interest in mining by January 15 to the Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Earth Sciences.

Awarded to students who are travelling to scientific conferences that are related to their geophysics thesis research. The scholarship is available to undergraduate students in an Honors Specialization in Geophysics or Geophysics Professional Program, and to full-time students registered in the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and enrolled in the Graduate Program in Geophysics. Students must have an average of 78% or higher.

The selection committee shall consist of the Chair of Earth Sciences plus two Geophysics faculty appointed by the Chair for a one-year term on a rotating basis. Academic standing is the principal criterion in the selection of successful candidates. Any one student will be limited to one travel scholarship per MSc program and two for the PhD program. However, at the discretion of the Selection Committee, a student may be awarded one additional scholarship, provided that it does not deny an award to another qualified applicant who has received fewer Geophysics travel scholarships. Up to three travel scholarships of $550 each year.

How to apply: Submit a copy of your abstract approved for the meeting which is the subject of your application (if available), or detailed plans about which conference you plan to attend and the rationale for attending. Please also provide an approximate travel budget including quotations. Applications are due by Oct. 31 of each year.

Endowed thanks to a generous donation from the Roma Fence Group. Awarded to students entering their third year of study in an Earth Sciences module. Minimum requirements are successful completion of ES 2200A, 2230B and 2250Y in the previous academic year with a minimum average of 80% in those three courses. Value: 1 @ $1,500.

How to apply: The application consists of a one-page essay describing why you wish to pursue a career in the mining and mineral exploration industry (which can include environmental remediation, etc.). Applications are due by September 30 of each year.

Merit-Based Awards - No Application Required

The following merit-based awards are specific to students in the Department of Earth Sciences. Recipients are nominated by the Undergraduate Committee in consultation with the Undergraduate Chair; no applications by students are required. Unless specified, all require that the student obtain an 80% average while taking a full course load of 5.0 courses or greater.

One award annually of a book. Awarded to either an undergraduate or a graduate student who has shown great interest in, and aptitude for, paleontology. Spring nomination. Named in honour of Charles Southworth (1880-1968), amateur fossil collector of Thedford, Ontario.

One award annually of a one year membership in the GAC and the student's choice of a GAC publication. Awarded to the top academic student currently in their second-last year of a geologically oriented program (e.g., geology, geophysics, geological engineering).

One award annually of a one-year membership to MAC and a Short Course Handbook or Special Issue publication. Awarded to a student at the end of 2nd year or higher. Student must demonstrate excellence in one of the specialties supported by the MAC, which are mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology or mineral deposits.

Awarded to students entering the second, third or fourth year in any program in the Faculty of Science with at least one scholarship reserved for students in the Department of Earth Sciences. These scholarships were made possible by a bequest to Foundation Western by the late Ruth V. Lumsden (BA '79) and Robert O. Lumsden (BA '78). Value: 7 @ Up to $1,000.

One award annually of a book. Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated interest and proficiency in Pleistocene geology.

One award of $375 to a 2nd year student who has the highest marks in the Earth Sciences courses and who enters the 3rd year of an Honors Geology program. Endowed by donations in memory of Dr. Harvey Hunter, post-doctoral fellow in the former Department of Geology from 1974-77, who died in a swimming accident in Africa in 1978.

One award annually of a framed, personalized certificate, a one-year membership in the Society, and a $50 prize. Awarded to a third or fourth year student from each Canadian University. The student is chosen by his/her professors for outstanding performance in petroleum geology, or the related fields of stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology and structural geology.

Three awards annually of trips to the GAC-MAC Annual Meeting; one field trip. Awarded to 3rd year students currently registered in a Geology major program administered by the department; they will be rated for their academic achievement, personality, maturity and ambition. No applications are necessary; a slate of nominees will be submitted to GAC by the Department.

One award annually of an expense-paid ten day field trip in Alberta. Awarded to a third year student demonstrating strong interest in sedimentary geology.

Awarded to the geophysics student who achieves the highest standing in Earth Sciences 4490E. This prize was established by a generous donation from the family of Dr. Charles Carmichael in recognition of his eminent career as Professor of Geophysics at The University of Western Ontario. Value: 1 @ $300

Awarded to a student who has a minimum average of 80%, entering second year of an Honors Specialization or Professional Program in Geophysics (preferred) or a double Major in an Honors degree which includes Geophysics, offered by the Department of Earth Sciences. The award will be continuing, provided the student remains in the program and maintains at least an 80% average annually. Reversion will be at the discretion of the Department. Value: 1 @ $2,000 annually for three years.

Awarded to a graduating fourth-year student who has achieved the highest aggregate standing in any two of: a) Earth Science 4431 a/b (Isotope Geochemistry in Earth and Environmental Science), b) Earth Science 4432a/b (Mineral Deposit Geochemistry), c) Earth Science 4440a/b (Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology), d) Earth Science 4444 a/b (Hazardous Mine Wastes), or equivalent courses that replace these with the progress of time. The Prize winner will have obtained a minimum aggregate standing of 80% or higher in the two courses used to determine his or her eligibility. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Science in consultation with the Department of Earth Sciences. Value: $500

Awarded to a full-time student in 3rd year Earth Sciences, specializing in Geology, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Science/Earth Sciences Department. This award was established by Mr. Randy Turner in memory of his father, A. Mark Turner, who received his degree in Geology from Western (B.Sc. 1950). Value: $4,625.00.

Awarded annually to the student in the Department of Earth Sciences achieving the highest marks of the third year class who returns to complete an Honors Specialization or Professional Program in Geology (preferred) or a Double Major in an Honors degree which includes Geology. Established in honour of the late Dr. Aleksis Dreimanis, geology professor at Western from 1948-2011. Value: $700

Awarded to a full-time student entering third year of an Honors Specialization, Major, or Specialization offered by the Department of Earth Sciences who is in the top quarter of the program and who demonstrates a long-term interest in the discipline of Geophysics or Geology through academic or extra-curricular activities. The award will be continuing for two years provided the student remains in an earth sciences program and continues to be in the top quarter of the program. Established by Teck Corporation in honour of Dr. Norman B. Keevil, Chairman of the Board. Value: $1500 biennially, continuing for up to two years.