Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference Awards

updated October 2016 with input and approval from award sponsors

 

Judging

Oral and poster presentations at AUGC are evaluated by a panel of at least 3 qualified judges with diverse geoscience expertise.   In consultation with the award sponsors (as described below), the AUGC student organizers are responsible for assembling the panel of judges.  At least four weeks before the date of the conference, the student organizers should contact the Science Atlantic Earth Science Committee and ask that they suggest at least one appropriate and available judge.  Similarly, the student organizers should contact Imperial Oil, CSPG, CSEG, and the Mining Society of Nova Scotia to invite them to send representatives to the conference.  If such representatives are present at the conference, they may take the lead in judging the awards of those organizations.  Professors at the host university can also be asked by the student organizers for advice in assembling the judging panel.

Note: In all cases where plaques are awarded, the winner’s department is responsible for ensuring that the plaque is suitably engraved and that it is returned to the AUGC in the subsequent year so that it is available to be given to the next recipient.

Normally the awards are presented by representatives of the award sponsors at the closing banquet of the conference.

Science Atlantic Best Paper Award

The Science Atlantic Presentation and Communication Award is given for the best overall student paper on any geoscience topic presented orally at the annual AUGC (Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference).

Judging

The award is judged primarily on the basis of the scientific quality of the topic, the amount of original work done by the student, and his/her understanding of the subject.

Evaluation criteria include:

  • Abstract – Clear statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Presentation – Clarity, visual aids, organization
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Understanding – Overall knowledge and response to questions

The award will be judged by a panel of at least 3 qualified judges with diverse geoscience expertise as described under judging above.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize ($500 in 2015) and letter of commendation for the presenter, as well as a plaque which resides at the winner’s university for one year, after which the winner’s university is responsible for bringing the plaque to the next annual conference. The award is usually presented by a representative of the Science Atlantic Earth Science Committee at the annual banquet of the AUGC.

Sponsor Information

This award (previously known from 2004-2012 as the APICS-NSERC Award) is the AUGC version of the Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award and Communication Award  offered at all Science Atlantic-sponsored conferences.  The Communication part of the award is sponsored by Canadian Science Publishing. A separate Communication Award is not offered at AUGC.

2015 Katie McCulloch Acadia University
2014 Jillian Leigh Kendrick Dalhousie University
2013 Lisa Mundry Acadia University
2012 Marina Joury Acadia University
2011 Dewey Dunnington Acadia University
2010 Travis McCarron Saint Francis Xavier University
2009 Matt Stimson Saint Mary’s University
2008 Luke Hilchie Dalhousie University
2007 Duncan McLeish Dalhousie University
2006 Chris Galbraith Dalhousie University
2005 Jared Chipman Saint Mary’s University
2004 Robert Lodge Acadia University
2003 Christopher Hamilton Dalhousie University
2002 Amy Tizzard Acadia University
2001 Jennifer Young Memorial University
2000 Kasey Baldwin Acadia University
1999 Samantha Gray Saint Francis Xavier University
1998 Stanley Johnston Saint Mary’s University
1997 Samantha Evans Saint Francis Xavier University
1996 Tracy Cail Saint Francis Xavier University
1995 Barbara Medioli Dalhousie University
1994 Susan Jennings Acadia University
1993 Ken Doucet Saint Francis Xavier University
1992 Mary Pat Cude Saint Francis Xavier University
1991 Alger St-Jean Saint Francis Xavier University
1990 Randolph Corney Saint Mary’s University
1989 Deborah MacDonald Saint Francis Xavier University
1988 Allan Armitage Acadia University
1987 Lloyd Chubbs Saint Francis Xavier University
1986 Allison Steele Acadia University
1985 Colette Rennie Saint Francis Xavier University
1984 Gregory Edgecombe Acadia University
1983 Allan Huard Saint Francis Xavier University
1982 Rick Valenta University of New Brunswick
1981 Raymond Yip Choy Acadia University
1980 Paul Rennick University of New Brunswick
1979 Nicole Gillard Saint Mary’s University
1978 Kevin Cameron Saint Mary’s University
1977 Adele Poynter Memorial University
1976 Bill Osbourne Dalhousie University
1975 Dan Kontak Saint Francis Xavier University
1974 Robert Ryan Acadia University
1973 Sheldon Crowdis Saint Francis Xavier University
1972 Derek Faust Saint Francis Xavier University
1971 P. J. Trembly University of New Brunswick
1970 R. Frank Blackwood Memorial University
1969 not known if awarded unknown

 

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Imperial Oil Best Poster Award

The Imperial Oil Best Poster Award is given to the student presenting the best overall student poster on any topic at the annual AUGC.

Judging

The award is judged primarily on the basis of the scientific quality of the topic, the amount of original work done by the student, and his/her understanding of the subject.

Evaluation criteria include:

  • Abstract – Clear statement of problem, objectives, principal findings
  • Poster design – Clarity, organization, visual appeal
  • Scientific merit – Experimental design, innovative approach, and interpretation of data
  • Understanding – Overall knowledge and response to questions

 The award will be judged by a panel of at least 3 qualified judges with diverse geoscience expertise as described under judging above.  When a representative of Imperial Oil is present, he/she will take the lead in judging this award.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize for the student presenter.

Sponsor Information

This award has been sponsored by Imperial Oil since 2007.  Imperial Oil recognizes that business success depends on the economic, social and environmental health of the communities where they operate and views community investment not simply as a responsibility but as an essential component in building a strong society. Imperial Oil gives back to local communities through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts and supports scientific research with a number of awards and sponsorship.

 

2015 Glen Hodge Saint Mary’s University
2014 Haley LeBlanc Saint Mary’s University
2013 Siobhan McGoldrick Dalhousie University
2012 Tara Forstner Dalhousie University
2011 Mariella Nalepa Acadia University
2010 Nor Afiqah Mohamad Radzi Acadia University
2009 Mary Leaman Memorial University
2008 Morgan Quinn Dalhousie University
2007 Kara-Lynn Scallion Acadia University
2006 Peter Meredith Saint Francis Xavier University
2005 Sam Kelly Dalhousie University
2004 Stephen Schwartz Memorial University
2003 Jeffery Bigelow Acadia University
2002 Ozlem Suleyman Saint Mary’s University
2001 Sarah Eaton Memorial University
2000 Greg Felttham Memorial University

 

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Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) Award

The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Award is awarded annually for the best presentation of a petroleum geology-related paper at the annual AUGC.  If the winner of the Science Atlantic Best Paper Award gave a petroleum geology-based presentation, then the CSPG award will go to the petroleum geology-based paper judged to be next best.

Judging

The award will be judged by a panel of at least 3 qualified judges with diverse geoscience expertise as described under judging above.  When a CSPG representative is present, he/she will take the lead in judging for the award.

The Award

A plaque is presented to the winner at the AUGC banquet as well as a monetary prize ($500 in 2015), preferably by a CSPG member or representative. The plaque will reside at the winner’s university until the next AUGC, when the winner’s university is responsible for bringing the plaque to the next conference.

Sponsor

This award is sponsored by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Founded in 1927, the mission of the Society is to advance the professions of the energy geosciences – as it applies to geology; foster the scientific, technical learning and professional development of its members; and promote the awareness of the profession to industry and the public.

2015 Daniel MacLeod Saint Francis Xavier University
2014 Dillon White Saint Mary’s University
2013 Daniel Niquet Memorial University
2012 Lianabel Selviz Memorial University
2011 Derrick Midwinter Dalhousie University
2010 Frank Ryan Memorial University
2009 Jordan Nickerson Dalhousie University
2008 Darren Lefort Saint Mary’s University
2007 Daniel Haider Dalhousie University
2006 Mary Samolcyck Acadia University
2005 Andrew Cook University of New Brunswick
2004 Perry Clark University of New Brunswick
2003 Jamie Braid Saint Francis Xavier University
2002 Nicolette Stanley University of New Brunswick
2001 Adam Zoltan Csank Dalhousie University
2000 Jenn Sabean Dalhousie University
1999 Tanya Costain Dalhousie University
1998 Brian Rex Memorial University
1997 James Newsome Acadia University
1996 Janis Drover Memorial University
1995 Kevin Peterson Acadia University
1994 Geoffrey Davis Saint Mary’s University
1993 Michael Parsons Dalhousie University
1992 David Pass Saint Mary’s University
1991 Janice Ledrew Memorial University
1990 David Palmer Saint Francis Xavier University
1989 Robert MacNaughton University of New Brunswick
1988 Janet Dunphy Memorial University
1987 Stuart Deveau Acadia University
1986 Brian Sears Memorial University
1985 Vince Clifford Saint Mary’s University
1984 Fred Boner Saint Mary’s University
1983 A. MacDonald Saint Mary’s University
1982 R.A. Secco Saint Francis Xavier University
1981 K.S. Pelletier Memorial University
1980 S. Dunsworth Saint Mary’s University
1979 D.B. Dingwall Memorial University
1978 G.A. Doiron Saint Francis Xavier University
1977 R.J. Dubreuil Mount Allison University

 

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Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) Award

Established in 2008, the CSEG award is given to the student who presents the best overall geophysics paper at the AUGC conference (typically awarded for an oral presentation; however, poster presentations are also eligible). Geophysics is a diverse discipline with many different areas of study, and this award could be awarded to any student whose work falls under this broad category.

Judging

Students will be evaluated on the scientific merit of their work, their general understanding of the material covered and their ability to effectively communicate this to the judges. This award will be judged by the panel of judges chosen by the conference organizers. Ideally one of these judges should have a geophysics background. The CSEG will typically send representatives to attend the conference so if a geophysics judge cannot be found locally then one of these representatives may be asked to judge. The award may not be presented if the judges and the CSEG representatives determine that no presentation fulfills the spirt of the award.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize ($500 in 2015) for the student presenter, as well as a plaque which resides at the winner’s university for one year, after which the winner’s university is responsible for bringing the plaque to the next annual conference. The award is usually presented by CSEG’s representative at the annual banquet of the AUGC. The monetary prize of $500 comes from the funds ($4,500 in 2015), the CSEG commits to the conference.  It is a responsibility of the school that hosts the conference to prepare and distribute a cheque for the winning presenter.

Sponsor Information

The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists began in 1949 at around the time of the petroleum production boom of the Leduc and Redwater discoveries. As a result of these significant discoveries, there was a need for increased knowledge, skill and professional attributes in the field of geophysics. Today, the CSEG is a thriving organization. CSEG’s mandate is to promote the science of geophysics among its members, especially as it applies to exploration, and to promote fellowship and co-operation among those persons interested in geophysical prospecting.

2014 Andrew Blagdon Memorial University
2013 Taylor Campbell Dalhousie University
2012 Lianabel Selviz Memorial University
2011 Andrea Christians Saint Mary’s University
2010 Matthew Vaughan Dalhousie University
2009 Byron Kelly Memorial University
2008 Nicole M. Peters Dalhousie University

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The Frank S. Shea Memorial Award in Economic or Applied Geology

The Frank S. Shea Memorial Award honours the student making the best presentation regarding an aspect of or with implications for economic or applied geology. If the winner of the Science Atlantic Best Paper Award gives an economic or applied geology presentation, then the Shea Award will go to the economic or applied geology presentation judged to be next best.

About Frank Shea

During some 27 years, Frank Shea was engaged in mineral resources exploration and development activities in the Atlantic region. For more than 10 years he served as Chief Geologist and division director of the Mineral Resources and Geological Services Division in the former Nova Scotia Department of Mines.

Frank graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1954 with a BSc in geology. He continued his studies at Dalhousie University, receiving his Master’s degree in 1958. Frank had a great love for his native province and promoted its welfare by assisting mineral exploration and research projects whenever and wherever he could. He was a strong supporter of educational programs in geology such as the geology field school at Crystal Cliffs near Antigonish and prospector training.

Judging

Student papers are reviewed and judged for content in economic or applied geology or implications for economic/applied geology by a panel of practicing geologists.  For practical purposes, this will be done the same panel of judges as evaluates the other awards.  If there are no papers on economic or applied geology deemed worthy during the annual AUGC, the award may not be given.

The Award

The award consists of a cheque ($500 in 2015) for the winning student and a $100 cheque for the geoscience club that the student represents.

Sponsor

The Frank Shea Memorial Award is sponsored by the Mining Society of Nova Scotia. Organized in the 1890s to promote the mineral industry, to share technical knowledge and to encourage fellowship, this Society was one of the founding members of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM), the premier mining organization in Canada.

The Society is pleased to support this award honouring a student, the contributions of Frank Shea, and the economic impact of geology on the Canadian economy.

2015 Corwin Trottier Saint Mary’s University
2014 Nikolett Kovacs Memorial University
2013 Travis White University of New Brunswick
2012 Aaron Bustard University of New Brunswick
2011 Erin Adlakha Saint Mary’s University
2010 Sarah Gordon University of New Brunswick
2009 Darren LeFort Saint Mary’s University
2008 April Coombs Memorial University
2008 April Coombs Memorial University
2007 Kristy-Lee Beal University of New Brunswick
2006 Jillian Martin University of New Brunswick
2005 David MacDonnell University of New Brunswick
2004 Peter McChesney Saint Francis Xavier University
2003 Frances Mitchell Acadia University
2002 Patrick Collins Dalhousie University
2001 Heather Paul Acadia University
2000 Jason Johnson Saint Francis Xavier University
1999 Richard Wright Memorial University
1998 Kirsten MacLaughlin University of New Brunswick
1997 Leah Dejong Saint Mary’s University
1996 Melody Myers Acadia University
1995 Fraser T. Keppie Saint Francis Xavier University
1994 Richard Tobin Saint Francis Xavier University
1993 Not Awarded Not Awarded
1992 Jan MacDonald Acadia University
1991 Joe Nearing Saint Mary’s University
1990 Sean McDonald University of New Brunswick
1989 Karen Patey Saint Francis Xavier University

 

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Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS) Environmental Geoscience Award

The Atlantic Geoscience Society Award was established in 2015 by the Atlantic Geoscience Society to recognize the best project (talk or poster) at the annual AUGC involving a significant component of environmental geoscience.

Judging

Student papers are reviewed and judged for content in environmental geoscience or implications for environmental geoscience by the same panel of judges as evaluates the other awards.

The Award

The award consists of a monetary prize ($100 in 2015) to the winning student and a plaque that will reside at that student’s university until the next AUGC.

Sponsor

The Atlantic Geoscience Society exists to promote a better and wider understanding of the geology of Atlantic Canada, both to its members and to the public. An entirely volunteer association, the AGS brings together earth scientists from universities, government institutions, the environmental, mining, and petroleum industries, and consultants in the Atlantic provinces.

2015 Kazuhito Mizutani Memorial University

 

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