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.

Norm Duke Industrial Award in Geology

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student entering third or fourth year of an Honours Specialization in Geology, based on a minimum 70% average, participation in field work through course work and a strong interest in pursuing a career in the Geology industry. Preference will be given to a student who is involved in sports. Candidates must submit a one-page statement outlining their interests and involvement by September 30th to the Departmental Office of Earth Sciences. The recipient will also be offered a paid summer internship with Millennial Silver, Mr. Jason Kosec’s company. A representative from Millennial Silver will be invited to sit on the committee but the Department of Earth Sciences will select the recipient in the fall. The recipient is not obligated to participate in the internship. This award was established by a generous gift from Mr. Jason Kosec (BSc 2014) in honour of Norm Duke.

Dr. Norman Duke joined the Department of Earth Sciences in 1983. During his time at Western, Dr. Duke’s work focussed on conducting regional metallogenic analysis. His areas of field study include the Archean Superior and Slave cratons, the Proterozoic Southern, Churchill, Bear and Grenville provinces, and the Phanerozoic Appalachian and Cordilleran orogens. Dr. Duke is widely respected for his contributions to the field of economic geology, receiving the Duncan R. Derry Award, the highest award bestowed by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada. Dr. Norman Duke’s teachings and field courses had immeasurable impact to the many students he taught during his tenure, helping to inspire the next generation of geologists and earth scientists.

Value: 1 at $12,000

Effective 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 academic years inclusive

The J.P. Bickell Foundation Mining Scholarship Program

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in second, third or fourth year (minimum 70% average) enrolled in the geological and geophysical fields, which include earth sciences, environmental geosciences, geological sciences, and civil engineering in the environmental option. Preference will be given to students in earth sciences with an interest in pursuing studies in mining.

Value: Each scholarship is a minimum $2,000 (maximum $5,000) and the number available annually will vary depending on the pool of eligible applicants. At the discretion of the University's selection committee, a portion of the funds may be allocated to meet student costs to defray expenses associated with mining-related field trips.  

How to Apply: Students must submit a brief essay (maximum 250 words) to Academic Program Coordinator – Amy Wickham – describing the courses in which they are enrolled and their interests in mining by January 15 to the Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science. 

Individuals will be chosen based on their application letter and degree of interest/participation in mining studies and the mining field. A selection committee in Earth Sciences, in consultation with a representative from Engineering, will select the recipient. 

Geophysics Travel Scholarship (Undergraduate)

Awarded to an undergraduate student in the Honors Specialization in Geophysics who is travelling to a scientific conference to present their thesis research. The recipient will be selected by a committee consisting of at least one geophysicist and an ES 4490E undergraduate thesis coordinator. Academic standing is the principal criterion in the selection of successful candidates. 

How to apply: Applicants must submit their accepted conference abstract to the Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Earth Sciences by March 31.

Value: 1 at $1,000 Effective: 2017-2018 academic year 

*Winners will be selected by the Department

SIFT CSPG (Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists) Student-Industry Field Trip Award

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.

Contact Guy Plint for more details.