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Academic excellence at core of Geoscience Annual Award Ceremony

UToday HomeApril 8, 2013

By Marie-Helene Thibeault

Geoscience Annual Award CeremonyStudents, professors, alumni, and donors gathered on April 3 to celebrate the more than half a million dollars in bursaries and scholarships awarded as part of the 2013 Geoscience Award Ceremony. Photos by David BinindaMore than half a million dollars in bursaries and prizes were awarded on April 3 as part of the Department of Geoscience’s annual Award Ceremony held in MacEwan Hall.

Attended by some 120 guests representing students, family members, professors, donors, corporate partners and alumni, the event was emceed by department head Charles Henderson.

Henderson kicked off the ceremony by reminding guests of the evening’s importance in “allowing us to celebrate and recognize the significant contributions made by our students, faculty members, staff, and to recognize and thank our donors.”

Department head Charles Henderson is joined by donor Ruth Mossop, graduate student Shi Hua Zhao (recipient of the Grant Mossop Graduate Scholarship in Geology) and donor Russ McKinnon.Department head Charles Henderson is joined by donor Ruth Mossop, graduate student Shi Hua Zhao (recipient of the Grant Mossop Graduate Scholarship in Geology) and donor Russ McKinnon.
Professor Masaki Hayashi, receives his Excellence in Research award from Charles Henderson.Professor Masaki Hayashi, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology, receives his Excellence in Research award from Charles Henderson, left, head of the Geoscience Department.

Several members from Calgary’s corporate geoscience community were also in attendance.

As generous contributors to the Department of Geoscience’s awards and bursaries program, corporate partners also have a vested interest in supporting the academic excellence that stems from the university in the hope of recruiting high-in-demand graduates and benefiting from research findings.

“As a supporter of this program, I find it extremely energizing to see the skill and enthusiasm this group brings,” said David Stevens, manager of geophysics, western Canada for ConocoPhillips, who graduated with a BA in 1977 and a BSc in Geophysics in 1985. He spoke to the group on behalf of the donors.

Together, corporate donations, memorial scholarships, and government awards to members of the Department of Geoscience totalled $591,000 this year alone.

Amongst some of the evening’s highlighted prize winners were: Katherine Clarke for best undergraduate thesis; Pietro Gagliardi for outstanding M.Sc. thesis; David Moynihan for outstanding Ph.D. thesis; sessional instructor Rob Taerum for excellence in teaching; professor Masaki Hayashi for excellence in research; and Cathy Hubbell for service excellence to the department. In total, the department handed out 114 bursaries and prizes for the 2012-2013 academic year.

“This really came as a surprise,” admitted Gagliardi, who was present with his parents and fiancé. “The professors and caliber of teaching at this institution are really outstanding and I am very grateful for the chance I had of studying here,” added the recent geophysics master’s graduate who has been working at Shell since defending his thesis last fall.

The Department of Geoscience looks forward to joining its alumni downtown on May 1 for the 3rd Annual Geoscience Alumni Chapter Social. The invitation will be available at: www.geoscience.ucalgary.ca/alumni 

 

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