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.

2022 Poster Winner: Hannah Macdonell from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, for the poster titled “Statistical analysis of ground surface temperature simulations under different testing conditions in the Northwest Territories Tundra"

2022 Oral Presentation Winner: Allison Surrette from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, for the presentation titled “Assessing heterogeneity within the Cantung Mine tailings and its impacts on sulfide oxidation.”  

Finnigan Award for Northern Research

2022 Winner: Qiwei Zhang from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, for research titled, "Expanding diamond target areas in Canada's North - Characterising super-deep diamond deposits and their indicator minerals," aims at developing a new set of tools required to evaluate deposits for their potential to host super-deep diamonds, responsible for the most valuable blue colour or exceptional size and quality stones. This research uses a new evaluation of > 700 diamond indicator minerals from the DO-27 kimberlite in the Northwest Territories.

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.

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.