Student Awards

NAPEG Student Awards

There are cash prizes of $1000 for the best technical oral and poster presentations. The conference organizers thank the NAPEG Education Foundation for sponsoring these awards.

Poster Winner: Turner Green for his BSc. work titled, “Mineralogy and Chemistry of V-bearing shales at the Van Property, Mackenzie Mountains, NWT.”  Turner’s work investigates a foundational question about shale-hosted vanadium and preliminary results that support his hypothesis. 

Talk Winner: Allison Surrette for her presentation titled, “Analysis of long-term stability of filtered tailings at the Cantung Mine, NWT, Canada.”  The judges were impressed with the clarity and thoroughness of her presentation in highlighting her well-designed and executed science on filtered tailings at the Cantung mine and its future improvements in tailings management. 

Finnigan Award for Northern Research

2021 Winner: Emily MacMillan. Her research titled, "Evaluation of the metasedimentary rocks within the Archean Winter Lake greenstone belt, Slave craton, Northwest Territories, Canada" highlighted the challenges in understanding craton formation and plate tectonics due to crustal recycling and deformation, and why studies in the Northwest Territories can shed light on these questions.

Presented by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG). The Finnigan Award for Northern Research is inspired by Dr. Craig Finnigan. Applications for 2021 will be accepted until October 29, 2021 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.