Student Awards

NAPEG Student Awards

Once again there will be cash prizes of $1000 each for the best technical oral and poster presentations. Please note that to be eligible for the poster award, students are required to give a soap box talk.  The conference organizers thank the NAPEG Education Foundation for sponsoring these awards. The 2019 winners were announced in Capitol Theatre 1 on Thursday, November 21, 2019.  They are:

Poster Winner: Andy Wickham, University of British Columbia, "Till geochemistry and lithogeochemical exploration for a concealed kimberlite"

Talk Winner: Izabela Jasiak, University of Waterloo, "Spatiotemporal patterns of mining-associated metals in sub-arctic lake sediments"

Finnigan Award for Northern Research

2019 Winner: Shelby Austin-Fafard, University of Saskatchewan, “Volcanic Setting of the South Sunset Rhyolite, Beaulieu Volcanic Belt, Slave Province”

Presented by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG), this award is designed to provide a student with funding to attend the Geoscience Forum. The Finnigan Award for Northern Research is inspired by Dr. Craig Finnigan. Applications for 2019 will be accepted until October 15, 2019 for the Yukon and NWT conferences.

Dr. Craig Finnigan was a Professional Geoscientist who spent the majority of his short career working across the Canadian north for industry, government, and academia. Craig passed away in 2014 at the age of 45, however his passion for geoscientific field work and exploration has left an imprint on those who worked with him over the years. He was recognized in 2014 with the prestigious Huestis Award (AMEBC) for his role in the discovery of the Coffee gold deposits in the Yukon. Craig was an adamant supporter of students and education. As an Adjunct Professor at Western University, he co-supervised a number of graduate student theses, including studies on the Coffee gold deposits in Yukon and uranium mineralization at the Lac Cinquante uranium deposit in Nunavut. To honour Craig’s memory, a student focused scholarship that encourages presentation at northern conferences has been established.

NAPEG encourages the achievement of excellence in the engineering and geosciences professions through the promotion of advanced studies and research programs. By providing financial assistance to researchers working in the northern territories the Association seeks to encourage young geoscientists to communicate effectively to their peers and the public, an important skill in the development of a professional practitioner.

To be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled in a Canadian university and registered in a Geology or Earth Sciences program that includes a thesis with a subject relevant to the territory in which the results would be presented. The applicant must also have submitted an abstract (or similar document) for a talk or poster presentation at the conference indicated on their application form. The applicant must attend this conference and give the presentation in order to receive scholarship funding.


Please visit NAPEG to apply for the Finnigan Award.