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.

The Charles A. Southworth Memorial Award in Paleontology

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.

*Awarded in June, Faculty of Science Awards Ceremony for graduating students. Winners selected by Department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

The Robert and Ruth Lumsden Scholarships in Science

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: 5 at $1,500 Effective: 2016-2017 academic year 

The Gordon Dixon Memorial Prize

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

*Awarded in June, Faculty of Science Awards Ceremony for graduating students. Winners selected by Department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

The Dr. Harvey Hunter Memorial Award

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.

*Awarded in the Fall by the department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

Charles Carmichael Prize in Earth Sciences

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 the late Dr. Charles Carmichael in recognition of his eminent career as Professor of Geophysics at The University of Western Ontario from 1960-92.

Value: 1 at $300

*Awarded in June, Faculty of Science Awards Ceremony for graduating students. Winners selected by Department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

Geophysics Award for Excellence

Awarded to a student who has a minimum average of 75% and the highest modular average entering either their second or third year of a Specialization or Honors Specialization in Geophysics.

Value: 1 at $2,000

*Awarded in the Fall by the department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

Caradocian Prize in Geochemistry

Awarded to a graduating fourth-year student who has achieved the highest aggregate standing in any two of: a) Earth Science 4431A/B (Isotope Geochemistry in Earth and Environmental Science), b) Earth Science 4432A/B (Mineral Deposit Geochemistry), c) Earth Science 4440A/B (Hydrogeology), d) Earth Science 4444A/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 in June, Faculty of Science Awards Ceremony for graduating students. Winners selected by Department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

Aleksis Dreimanis Prize

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 in the Fall by the department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

Norman B. Keevil Award in Earth Sciences

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.

*Awarded in the Fall by the department in consultation with Science Academic Counselling

Mineralogical Association of Canada Undergraduate Award

The prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate student (2nd year of study or higher) at a recognized Canadian university or institute of higher education for excellence in one of the specialties supported by the Mineralogical Association of Canada (mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology and mineral deposits). The recipient will receive a one-year membership to the Association for 2017 (including electronic access to The Canadian Mineralogist, a subscription to Elements, 20% discount on MAC publications, discounted registration fee at our annual meeting) and a $100 gift certificate redeemable on any MAC publications to be selected from our Short Course, Special Issue of The Canadian Mineralogist or Special Publication series. If a suitable undergraduate student is not available, a graduate student may be chosen. The nominating officer must be an instructor of a course involving one of the specialties supported by the Mineralogical Association of Canada.  Please note: we can only respond to one nomination per institution per year. 

Award is typically given out in January. Contact Roberta Flemming for more details!

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